Meet the Actors- #5 Ronald Pickup

Welcome to the fifth in our series of ‘Meet the Actors’ in which we introduce the talented actors who voice our lively characters! The Canterbury Tales has been running since 1987, and still uses the incredible voice acting we recorded at the time.

Starring as the Pardoner, Ronald Pickup acts within our talented cast to bring Chaucer’s Tales to life!

Ronald Pickup (source 2)


Ronald Pickup is a renowned English actor trained at RADA. He has been appearing on-screen since 1964 when, aged 24, he appeared in the first series of Doctor Who as a physician. Pickup earned £30 for this debut role! He went on to star in many series, including The Dragon’s Opponent, The Life of Verdi, WagnerJekyll & Hyde (in which he starred opposite Michael Caine), Hornblower, Foyle’s War, The Bill, Doc Martin, Inspector Morse and Holby City. In 2008, he also appeared in Midsummer Murders alongside daughter and fellow actor, Rachel Pickup!

In 1973, Pickup starred in his first film, The Day of the Jackal. He soon also appeared in Mahler, Joseph Andrews and, in 1978, The Thirty Nine Steps, in which he starred alongside fellow Canterbury Tales star, Robert Powell! Pickup’s film career went from strength to strength, and in 1983 he notably acted opposite Sean Connery in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. Most recently he has starred in the much loved films The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as bachelor Norman Cousins.

Ronald Pickup (source 1)


Not restricted to acting on-screen, Pickup is also an accomplished stage actor. He worked at the Royal National Theatre alongside Laurence Olivier, notably starring in Chekhov’s Three Sisters. In 1997, he featured in the original cast of David Hare’s Amy’s View, for which he was nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in the 1998 Laurence Olivier Awards. More recently, Pickup has starred as Lucky in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot alongside Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Simon Callow.

Ronald Pickup is an amazing addition to our Canterbury Tale’s cast!

Book tickets now to hear Ronald Pickup as The Pardoner, plus many more talented stars, at The Canterbury Tales.

The Pardoner

The Pardoner’s Tale