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He was eighty. Always liked him. Have been studiously avoiding The Crown but I'm sure he was good.

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Pickup told the PA news agency in 2012 that his favourite role was playing the writer George Orwell in TV movie Crystal Spirit: Orwell On Jura, which told the story of him writing his acclaimed novel 1984.

Appreciation by Michael Billington.

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A year later Pickup found himself playing Edmund, opposite Olivier as James Tyrone, in Michael Blakemore’s production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. At the time, I wrote of Pickup “uncorking his bottled intensity with terrifying power during his colloquy with his father”. Olivier also revealed in his autobiography how grateful he was for Pickup’s equilibrium when he found himself completely drying in the midst of their big scene, and intriguingly, Hugh Leonard wrote in a review that Pickup “has a sense of repose that is unusual in a young actor”.

 

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