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Derek Jacobi


Mostly Credited As: Derek Jacobi
Sometimes Credited As: Sir Derek Jacobi

Birth Name: Derek George Jacobi
Date Of Birth: October 22, 1938 (Age 77)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Leytonstone, London, England
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Derek Jacobi


Derek Jacobi began his acting career at an all-boys school in England playing the female roles until his voice changed. While attending Cambridge University, he often appeared on the stage with classmates (and future fellow luminaries) Ian McKellen and Trevor Nunn. A representative of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre saw him as Edward II and he was invited to join the troupe. After graduating Cambridge, Jacobi began performing with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Impressed with Jacobi's portrayal of Henry VIII, Laurence Olivier invited Jacobi to join a new project. At Olivier's request, Jacobi joined the famed actor in London and became a founding member of the National Theatre.

Although he remained primarily a stage actor, Jacobi made his screen debut in 1957 with a minor role in Douglas Sirk's Interlude. Later, he collaborated with his protege and acting student, Kenneth Branagh, on film adaptations of Shakespeare, including the role of Claudius in Branagh's version of Hamlet in 1996. In 1998, Branagh and Jacobi teamed up again for Branagh's triller Dead Again with Jacobi in the role of hypnotist Franklyn Madson.

He may be best known to most television audiences as the brilliant, disabled Claudius in I, Claudius, the adaptation of Robert Graves novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God about the unlikely Emperor of Rome or as Brother Cadfael in the adaptation of Ellis Peters' (Edith Pargeter) novels about a Crusader turned Monk whose worldy skills and knowledges of herbs helps him investigate and solve puzzling crimes which often puts him at odds with his superiors at the Abbey and the Medieval world around him.

Fans of Frasier will remember Jacobi as the deliciously awful Shakespearean actor Jackson Hedley in The Show Must Go Off in which Frasier Crane discovers his childhood acting hero signing autographs at a science-fiction convention.

Throughout his career, accolades seem to find Derek Jacobi.

Jacobi won four Best Actor awards for his stage work in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing during the 1980s: the London Critics Circle Theatre Award (U.K. 1983), London Evening Standard Theatre Award (U.K. 1983), the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (U.K. 1984), and a Tony (U.S. 1985). Also in 1985, he was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II. She knighted him in 1994. Only two actors have ever been knighted by both Denmark and England in recognition of their talent: the legendary Laurence Olivier and Derek Jacobi.

More recently, he appeared with Russell Crowe and the late Oliver Reed in Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000), as Col. Protheroe in Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (television 2004) and as Mr. Wheen in Nanny McPhee (2005).


TV Appearances

Main cast 
Vicious (2013)As: Stuart Bixby
Last Tango In Halifax (2012)As: Alan Buttershaw (2012 - present)
Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012)As: Lord Pirrie
Joe Maddison's War (2010)As: Mr. Simpson
Diamonds (US) (2009)As: Piers Denmont
Jason and the Argonauts (2000)As: Phineas
Cadfael (1994)As: Brother Cadfael
I, Claudius (1976)As: Claudius
The Pallisers (1974)As: Lord Fawn
The Strauss Family (1972)As: Josef Lanner
Episode Cast Credits 

Who Do You Think You Are? (UK) (2004) 
  Derek Jacobi 12x03: (Aug/27/2015) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  May 27, 2015 09x194: (May/27/2015) As Himself 

Great Performances (1974) 
  National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage 41x12: (Feb/14/2014) As (Himself) 
  National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage 41x12: (Feb/14/2014) As (Himself) 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  September 16, 2013 14x259: (Sep/16/2013) As Himself 
  September 16, 2013 14x259: (Sep/16/2013) As Himself 

The BAFTA Television Awards (1954) 
  The 59th BAFTA Television Awards 59x01: (May/12/2013) As Himself 
  The 59th BAFTA Television Awards 59x01: (May/12/2013) As Himself 

Celebrity Eggheads (2008) 
  Sir Derek Jacobi, Frances Barber, Neil Dudgeon, Fiona Laird, Emma Fielding 05x02: (Dec/11/2012) As Himself 
  Sir Derek Jacobi, Frances Barber, Neil Dudgeon, Fiona Laird, Emma Fielding 05x02: (Dec/11/2012) As Himself 

Songs of Praise (1961) 
  Advent Verse 52x49: (Dec/02/2012) As Himself 
  Advent Verse 52x49: (Dec/02/2012) As Himself 

Living the Life (2011) 
  Dame Monica Mason & Sir Derek Jacobi 02x04: (Nov/20/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Dame Monica Mason & Sir Derek Jacobi 02x04: (Nov/20/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Shakespeare Uncovered (2012) 
  Richard II 01x03: (Jun/30/2012) As Himself / Presenter 
  Richard II 01x03: (Jun/30/2012) As Himself / Presenter 

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Endgame 39x31: (Oct/25/2009) As Rudolph Agnew 
  Endgame 39x31: (Oct/25/2009) As Rudolph Agnew 
  The Old Curiosity Shop 39x14: (May/03/2009) As Grandfather 
  The Old Curiosity Shop 39x14: (May/03/2009) As Grandfather 

Doctor Who Greatest Moments (2009) 
  The Enemies 01x03: (Sep/03/2009) As Himself 
  The Enemies 01x03: (Sep/03/2009) As Himself 

Doctor Who (2005) 
  Utopia (1) 03x11: (Jun/16/2007) As Professor Yana 
  Utopia (1) 03x11: (Jun/16/2007) As Professor Yana 

Agatha Christie's Marple (2004) 
  The Murder At The Vicarage 01x02: (Dec/19/2004) As Colonel Lucius Protheroe 
  The Murder At The Vicarage 01x02: (Dec/19/2004) As Colonel Lucius Protheroe 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 53rd Annual Emmy Awards 53x01: (Nov/04/2001) As Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (for 'Frasier': episode 'The Show Must Go Off') 
  The 53rd Annual Emmy Awards 53x01: (Nov/04/2001) As Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (for 'Frasier': episode 'The Show Must Go Off') 
  The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 41x01: (Sep/17/1989) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'The Tenth Man') 
  The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 41x01: (Sep/17/1989) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'The Tenth Man') 

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000) (2000) 
  Painkillers 02x04: (Oct/20/2001) As Colonel Anger 

Mystery! (1980) 
  Cadfael, IV: (2) The Pilgrim of Hate 19x09: (Jan/14/1999) As Brother Cadfael 
  Cadfael, IV: (1) The Holy Thief 19x08: (Jan/07/1999) As Brother Cadfael 
  Cadfael, II: (3) St. Peter's Fair 17x18: (Apr/03/1997) As Brother Cadfael 
  Cadfael, II: (3) St. Peter's Fair 17x18: (Apr/03/1997) As Brother Cadfael 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Tenth Man 38x01: (Dec/04/1988) As Imposter 
  The Tenth Man 38x01: (Dec/04/1988) As Imposter 
  The Secret Garden 37x01: (Nov/30/1987) As Archibald Craven 
  The Hunchback of Notre Dame 31x02: (Feb/04/1982) As Dom Claude Frollo 

Breakfast Time (UK) (1983) 
  Episode 75 01x75: (Apr/29/1983) As Himself 

Tales of the Unexpected (1979) 
  Stranger in Town 05x05: (May/23/1982) As Sir Columbus 
  Skin 02x02: (Mar/08/1980) As Drioli 

Minder (1979) 
  The Bounty Hunter 01x05: (Nov/26/1979) As Freddie Fenton, [Starring Roles]
  The Bounty Hunter 01x05: (Nov/26/1979) As Freddie Fenton, [Starring Roles]

This is Jinsy (2010) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Robunce Barnatty 

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1991) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Daedalus 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Daedalus 

Budgie (1971) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herbert Fletcher 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herbert Fletcher 

BBC Television Shakespeare (1978) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As King Richard II 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As King Richard II 

Doctor Who Confidential (2005) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Frasier (1993) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Jackson Hedley 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Jackson Hedley 

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As William Drew 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As William Drew 

Arena (UK) (1975) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 
Trivia

Derek was the mentor and acting instructor of Kenneth Branagh.

He is a big fan of Doctor Who (2005). He played Professor Yana and the Master in the 2007 episode "Utopia". He had previously played Martin Bannister and the Doctor in the Big Finish audio drama Deadline and a robot copy of the Master in the Internet webcast Scream of the Shalka.

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