|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
Rachel Pickup is an American / British theatre, television and film actress. Her first major role was the leading role of Kaye Bentley in the 10 part BBC TV series No Bananas, with Alison Steadman and Tom Bell. She has gone on to appear in many British and American TV shows and has worked extensively in theatre playing most of the great Shakespearean heroines. Most recently, Portia, in "The Merchant Of Venice" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, opposite Jonathan Pryce. Her upcoming film Chronic starring Tim Roth and directed by 2012 Un Certain Regard winner, Mexican Michel Franco was at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palm D'Or.
She was born in London to American mother, playwright Lans Traverse and British father, the actor Ronald Pickup. She moved to New York in 2011 Aged 16 Pickup won a place at the National Youth Theatre under the artistic directorship of Edward Wilson and subsequently was offered a place at RADA.
Before graduating Pickup won a leading role in the BBC series No Bananas, her first professional engagement. This was followed by a role opposite the late Alan Bates in Mike Poulton's Fortune's Fool. Other major theatre roles followed, including Irina in Mike Poulton's translation of Three Sisters for Bill Bryden, Olivia in Twelfth Night for Terry Hands, Helena in All's Well That Ends Well for Irina Brook, Portia in Julius Caesar for David Farr at the RSC, Sylvia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream also for the RSC.
In 2003 she appeared at The Old Vic in King Lear playing Cordelia. This was followed by Ophelia in Calixto Bieito's Hamlet, and Helen of Troy in Troilus and Cressida for Peter Stein. She had a supporting role in the film Basil and AKA.
She is the daughter of actor Ronald Pickup, with whom she acted for the first time in 2008 in an episode of Midsomer Murders, and will play Molly, the central role in her Mother's first screenplay "G - Litter" in 2015.
For Ophelia Pickup won an Herald Angel award. She also won a MEN Best Supporting Actress Award for her performance in Time and the Conways at the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester. She was nominated for a Critics' Circle Best Actress Award for her performance in Miss Julie with Stephen Unwin at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.
In 2011 she moved to the USA to appear in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of An Ideal Husband, and subsequently moved from Washington DC to New York. In August 2011 she made her New York Off Broadway debut in the Irish Repertory Theatre's 20th Anniversary production of Dancing at Lughnasa. Other productions at the Irish Repertory Theatre include Airswimming by Charlotte Jones for "Fallen Angel Theatre" and A Mind Bending Evening of Beckett for Robert Flanagan. In 2014 Pickup played Goneril at the new Polonsky Shakespeare Theatre for Theatre For A New Audience, in Brooklyn New York, oppoiste Michael Pennington's King Lear, and Amanda in Tony Award winning director Darko Tresnjak's, Private Lives at Hartford Stage, CT, opposite American actor Ken Barnett. Most recently Pickup played Portia in The Merchant Of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England, opposite Jonathan Pryce, directed by "Jonathan Munby". Her feature film Chronic directed by 2012 Un Certain Regard winner Michel Franco, is part of the official selection for Cannes Palm D'Or 2015.
- "Rachel Pickup". Society of London Theatre.