Ronald Pickup dead: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star dies at 80 after battling long illness

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star Ronald Pickup has died at the age of 80 after battling a long illness.

His agent confirmed the sad news, telling the PA news agency: “Ronald Pickup actor aged 80 passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness surrounded by his wife and family.

“He will be deeply missed.”

The actor trained at prestigious drama school RADA before he joined Olivier’s National Theatre Company at the Old Vic.

He then began his television career, where he landed the role of playing George Orwell in TV drama Orwell On Jura.

He starred as bachelor Norman Cousins in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012. 

The star also reprised the role in the hit movie series’ 2015 sequel.

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