Ronald Pickup is receiving a Doctor of Letters

Posted on 3rd November 2011

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to theatre, film and television.  The actor Ronald Pickup was born in Chester in 1940 and was brought up in Blacon by his parents Eric and Daisy.

Eric Pickup was a lecturer in English and French, eventually Senior Lecturer in French, at the then Diocesan Training College for Teachers, now the University of Chester. Ronald attended King’s School in Chester before going on to read English at the University of Leeds. He obtained a scholarship to attend RADA from 1962 to 1964, where he met his wife Lans Traverse. He graduated from RADA in 1964 and walked straight into an episode of Dr Who with William Hartnell, playing a surgeon during the French Revolution.

Ronald’s acting career includes: around 41 stage roles; 20 film roles; 42 television roles – many of them serials or multiple episodes; radio productions and taped readings. Ronald worked with the likes of William Gaskill; Michael Blakemore; Peter Hall, Peter Brook and Laurence Olivier.

He acted in premieres of plays by writers such as Edward Bond and John Arden alongside numerous representations of the classics. He spent a decade at the National Theatre and acted with Olivier on several occasions most notably in Three Sisters, in Long Day’s Journey into Night and in Olivier’s last stage performance. He has also appeared in The Dragon’s Opponent, Day of the Jackal, Zulu Dawn, Nijinsky, Ivanhoe, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hornblower, Hustle, Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders, Waking the Dead, The Bill, Silent Witness, Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, Holby City and as Pegleg in Lark Rise to Candleford.

He has been nominated for an Olivier award, a BAFTA, won the Sony Radio Award in 1987 and is a member of the RADA Academy.