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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 75)
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).

Derek Jacobi
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Vicious (2013)As: Stuart Bixby
Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012)As: Lord Pirrie
Last Tango In Halifax (2012)As: Alan Buttershaw
The Borgias (2011)As: Cardinal Orsini
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 

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

This is Jinsy (2010) 
  Population 791 02x07: (Feb/12/2014) As Robunce Barnatty 

Arena (UK) (1975) 
  The National Theatre (Part 1: The Dream) 38x14: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself 

Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie (2013) 
  Muse of Fire: A Shakesperean Road Movie 01x01: (Oct/24/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  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 

Eggheads (2003) 
  Celebrity Eggheads - 2 13x91: (Dec/11/2012) As Himself 

Songs of Praise (1961) 
  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]

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

Masterpiece (1971) 
  Endgame 39x31: (Oct/25/2009) As Rudolph Agnew 
  The Old Curiosity Shop 39x14: (May/03/2009) As Grandfather 
  I, Claudius: (13) Old King Log 07x23: (Jan/29/1978) As Claudius 
  I, Claudius: (12) A God in Colchester 07x22: (Jan/22/1978) As Claudius 

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

Doctor Who Confidential (2005) 
  'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello 03x11: (Jun/16/2007) As Himself 

Doctor Who (2005) (2005) 
  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 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 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 

Frasier (1993) 
  The Show Must Go Off 08x12: (Feb/06/2001) As Jackson Hedley 

Mystery! (1980) 
  Cadfael, IV: (3) The Potter's Field 19x10: (Jan/21/1999) As Brother Cadfael 
  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 Series III: (3) A Morbid Taste for Bones 18x11: (Feb/05/1998) As Brother Cadfael 

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1991) 
  Daedalus & Icarus 01x04: (Dec/22/1991) As Daedalus 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  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 

BBC Television Shakespeare (1978) 
  Hamlet 02x06: (May/25/1980) As Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 
  Richard II 01x02: (Dec/10/1978) As King Richard II 

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

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971) 
  The Secret of the Foxhunter 02x10: (Apr/02/1973) As William Drew 

Budgie (1971) 
  Do Me a Favour 02x06: (May/26/1972) As Herbert Fletcher 
Trivia

Sir Ian McKellen admits that he used to be "madly in love" with Derek when they used to work together onstage.

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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