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SpouseLans Traverse
FactHe was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role of 1997 for his performance in Amy's View.

Donald Soffer is a real estate developer and entrepreneur who has built a large business empire. He is the founder and chairman of Turnberry Associates, a real estate development and management company. The company has developed some of the most iconic properties in South Florida, including the Aventura Mall, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, and the Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Soffer has a net worth of $3.6 billion.

Soffer was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. He has two brothers and a sister. Soffer’s father was a carpenter, and his mother was a homemaker. He attended public schools in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the University of Miami, where he studied business administration.

Soffer’s career in real estate began in the early 1960s, when he started buying and selling properties in South Florida. He quickly made a name for himself as a successful developer. In 1967, he founded Turnberry Associates. The company’s first project was the development of the Aventura Mall, which opened in 1970.

The Aventura Mall was an instant success, and it helped put Turnberry Associates on the map. The company went on to develop other iconic properties in South Florida, including the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel and the Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Soffer has also developed properties in other parts of the United States, including Las Vegas and New York City.

Soffer is married to Judy Soffer. The couple has four children: David, Jonathan, Jordan, and Lauren. Soffer also has four grandchildren.

In addition to his work in real estate, Soffer is also an active philanthropist. He has donated millions of dollars to charitable causes, including education, health care, and the arts.

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EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art


SpouseLans Traverse
ChildrenRachel Pickup, Simon Pickup
ParentsEric Pickup, Daisy Pickup
SiblingsDavid Pickup


NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
MoviesThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Mission, Dark Floors, Evilenko, The Day of the Jackal, Never Say Never Again, Danny, the Champion of the World, Eleni, Kabuto, A Dry White Season, Zulu Dawn, The Christmas Miracle of Jonat...
TV ShowsFortunes of War, Behaving Badly, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Riff Raff Element, The Worst Week of My Life, Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill, The Life of Verdi, Wagner, Moving, Not with a Bang, The Silver Chair, Feather Boy

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1Father of Simon Pickup.
2Father of Rachel Pickup.
3Has a brother, David, who teaches English in South Derbyshire
4Became an Associate Member of RADA.
5Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, England.
6He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role of 1997 for his performance in Amy's View.
7Doctor Who: The Reign Of Terror was his first TV role. His fee was 30 pounds.




End of Term2017post-productionDamian Self
Stealing Silver2017Short post-productionUdo
The Time of Their Lives2017post-productionFrank
Schadenfreude2016post-productionThe Gambler
The Crown2016TV SeriesArchbishop of Canterbury
Die Habenichtse2016Bentham
Vera2016TV SeriesMr. Kipford
Downton Abbey2015TV SeriesSir Michael Reresby
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel2015Norman Cousins
Call the Midwife2014TV SeriesPhilip Worth
Atlantis2014TV SeriesOrpheus
Coronation Street2014TV SeriesLen Sheldon
Young Dracula2014TV SeriesMorgan
Old Habits2013ShortFreddie
Doc Martin2013TV SeriesJohn Moysey
Pramface2013TV SeriesArnold
A Little Place Off the Edgware Road2013ShortBearded Man
Parade's End2012TV Mini-SeriesGeneral Haggard
Dinosaurs Full Throttle2012ShortDinosaur
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel2011Norman Cousins
The Jury2011TV Mini-SeriesJeffrey Livingstone
Inspector Lewis2011TV SeriesFr Moreno Mancini
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time2010King Sharaman
Lark Rise to Candleford2010TV SeriesPeg Leg / Arthur Myhill
New Tricks2008TV SeriesSir Wilfred Felspar
Midsomer Murders2003-2008TV SeriesErnest Balliol / Rupert Smythe-Webster
Dark Floors2008Tobias
Holby City2002-2007TV SeriesLord Charles Byrne / Bob Falstaff
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey2007William McDowell
The Worst Week of My Life2004-2006TV SeriesFraser
Sea of Souls2006TV SeriesAlex Galt
A Life in Suitcases2005Monsieur Moitessier
Supernova2005TV MovieDr. Malcolm Handey
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby2005Cecil Johnson
Hustle2005TV SeriesHarry Holmes
Cherished2005TV MovieProfessor Sir Roy Meadow
Foyle's War2004TV SeriesSir Giles Messinger
Secret Passage2004Da Monte
Evilenko2004Aron Richter
Feather Boy2004TV SeriesErnest Sorrel
The Last Detective2004TV SeriesProfessor Quentin Tapscott
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea2004Monsieur Moitessier
Cambridge Spies2003TV Mini-SeriesColonel Winter
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story2003M. Moitessier
Waking the Dead2002TV SeriesSutton / Charles Sutton
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries2002TV SeriesSir Stuart Stinhurst
Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes2001TV SeriesSir John Starr
Breathtaking2000Dr. Maclaren
In the Beginning2000TV Mini-SeriesJacob (Older)
Dalziel and Pascoe1999TV SeriesWalter Wulfstan
The Bill1999TV SeriesGeorge Riordan
Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil1999TV MovieDon Massaredo
The Untitled1998TV ShortRobert Kennings
Lolita1997Young Humbert's Father
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis1997Percy Stone
Ivanhoe1997TV Mini-SeriesWaldemar Fitzurse
Casualty1997TV SeriesMartin / Reginald Freeborn
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates1997TV SeriesLester Rose
Ruth Rendell Mysteries1996TV SeriesChief Inspector Moore
Der Blinde1996TV MovieDr. Bartnik
Silent Witness1996TV SeriesDr. Richard Owen
Black Hearts in Battersea1995-1996TV SeriesDuke Of Battersea
Performance1991-1995TV SeriesKing Henry IV Richard Browning Siegfried Shrager
Capital Lives1995TV SeriesSir Philip Oglivy
Screen Two1994-1995TV SeriesBrian Silcott / Morris
Milner1994TV MovieJocelyn Fry
Scarlett1994TV Mini-SeriesWhitlock
Medics1994TV SeriesDouglas Beaumont
The Rector's Wife1994TV Mini-SeriesDaniel Byrne
The Riff Raff Element1993TV SeriesRoger Tundish
Lovejoy1993TV SeriesEdwin Felt
My Friend Walter1992TV MovieSir Walter Raleigh
El C.I.D.1992TV SeriesJack
A Time to Dance1992TV Mini-SeriesAndrew Powell
The Golden Years1992TV MovieMontezuma
Gray Clay Dolls1991TV MovieLeonard Gray
A Murder of Quality1991TV MovieFelix D'Arcy
Journey of Honor1991Capt. Crawford
The War That Never Ends1991TV MovieDiodotus
Inspector Morse1991TV SeriesIan Matthews
The Silver Chair1990TV SeriesAslan
Boon1990TV SeriesLawrence Drake
Bethune: The Making of a Hero1990Alan Coleman
Not with a Bang1990TV SeriesBrian Appleyard
Jekyll & Hyde1990TV MovieJeffrey Utterson, Esquire
Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader1989TV SeriesAslan
A Dry White Season1989Louw
Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World1989TV MovieCaptain Lancaster
Behaving Badly1989TV Mini-SeriesMark
The Nightmare Years1989TV Mini-SeriesPutzi Hanfstaengl
The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe1988TV Mini-SeriesAslan
Testimony1988Marshall Tukhachevsky
The Hound of the Baskervilles1988TV MovieBarrymore
The ITV Play1988TV SeriesKonstantin Stanislavski
Theatre Night1988TV SeriesSir Lucius O'Trigger
The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank1988TV MovieKoophuis
Bergerac1988TV SeriesSir Antony Villiers
Fortunes of War1987TV Mini-SeriesPrince Yakimov
Matlock1987TV SeriesSir Alec Moore
The Fourth Protocol1987Wynne-Evans
Unnatural Causes1986TV SeriesJames Tripp
The Mission1986Hontar
Einstein1985TV Mini-SeriesAlbert Einstein
Oscar1985TV SeriesEdward Carson
Moving1985TV SeriesFrank Gladwyn
Puccini1984TV MovieGiulio Ricordi
Camille1984TV MovieJean
Sharing Time1984TV SeriesPhilip
Pope John Paul II1984TV MovieJan Tyranowski
Crown Court1984TV SeriesStephen Hodges
Waters of the Moon1983TV MovieJulius Winterhalter
Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura1983TV MovieGeorge Orwell
Wagner1983TV SeriesNietzsche Friedrich Nietzsche
Never Say Never Again1983Elliott
Verdi1982TV Mini-SeriesGiuseppe Verdi
The Letter1982TV MovieHoward Joyce
Ivanhoe1982TV MoviePrince John
Diamonds1981TV SeriesMr. Wells
Nijinsky1980Igor Stravinsky
Tropic1979TV SeriesAndrew Maiby
BBC2 Play of the Week1978-1979TV SeriesNorman Reynolds / Ian
Zulu Dawn1979Lt. Harford
Henry VIII1979TV MovieCranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Thirty-Nine Steps1978Bayliss
ITV Playhouse1977TV SeriesGraham
...but the clouds...1977TV Short
Ghost Trio1977TV Short
Romance1977TV SeriesRory Balneath
Joseph Andrews1977Mr. Wilson
2nd House1976TV SeriesAxel
The Philanthropist1975TV MoviePhilip
The Fight Against Slavery1975TV Mini-SeriesWilliam Pitt
BBC Play of the Month1967-1975TV SeriesEdgar Brother Martin Ladvenu Ariel ...
Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill1974TV Mini-SeriesLord Randolph Churchill
Father Brown1974TV SeriesKalon
Play for Today1974TV SeriesRichard Massingham
Jackanory1973TV SeriesReader
The Dragon's Opponent1973TV SeriesJack Howard
The Roses of Eyam1973TV MovieReverend William Mompesson
The Day of the Jackal1973The Forger
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1973TV SeriesEdmund Tyrone
Full House1973TV SeriesGeorge in George Reborn
Three Sisters1970Baron Tusenbach
Much Ado About Nothing1967TV MovieDon Pedro
Doctor Who1964TV SeriesPhysician


Mahler1974performer: "Frere Jacques" - uncredited


Arena2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Behind the Story: Lights, Colours and Smiles2012Video documentary shortHimself / Norman Cousins
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jury: Emma Watts QC2011Video documentary shortHimself / Jeffrey Livingstone (uncredited)
The Jury: The Jurors2011Video documentary shortHimself / Jeffrey Livingstone (uncredited)
The Jury: The Legal Team2011Video documentary shortHimself / Jeffrey Livingstone (uncredited)
Horizon1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
The South Bank Show1990TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Lively Arts1977TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Mark Lawson Talks to...2015TV SeriesNorman Cousins


Nominated Awards

2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
1984BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorWaters of the Moon (1983)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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