By Lucy Abbersteen published
British film and television actor Ronald Pickup has died aged 80, his agent has confirmed today.
Pickup was known for roles in Darkest Hour, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and, most recently, in season 1 of Netflix's The Crown.
In a statement to PA, his agent said, "Ronald Pickup passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family. He will be deeply missed."
He is survived by his wife, Lans Traverse, who he met at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and two children, Rachel and Simon.
Pickup's career famously began in the 60s when he landed an unnamed role in Doctor Who, for which he was paid just £30, The Independent reports.
Over the years he had roles in many major television shows, including The Bill, Silent Witness Midsomer Murders, and even Coronation Street.
More recently he played Neville Chamberlain alongside Gary Oldman's Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury in the first season of The Crown.
He also appeared in both The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, and an episode of the hit period drama Downton Abbey.
Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.
Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for the likes of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, Women's Health and more, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare tips to the latest product launches and the show-stopping beauty looks spotted backstage at London Fashion Week.
During her career she's interviewed some seriously famous faces, from Little Mix to Drag Race royalty The Vivienne, as well as chatting to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists. When she's not got beauty on the brain you'll probably find her in the company of dogs, reading, or being shamed by Netflix's "are you still watching?" message. You can follow her on Instagram at @lucyabbers.
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