Derek Jacobi

Actor
One of the United Kingdom's most revered classical stage actors, Sir Derek Jacobi also enjoyed an astoundingly prolific career as a versatile character performer in both film and television. Handpicked to cofound ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1938 in Leytonstone, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (112)

Cinderella 2015 (Movie)

King (Actor)

Effie Gray 2015 (Movie)

Travers Twiss (Actor)

Last Tango in Halifax 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Vicious 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

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Grace of Monaco 2014 (Movie)

Count Fernando D'Aillieres (Actor)

Hippie Hippie Shake 2014 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Manchester United Ruined My Life 2014 (Movie)

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Station Jim 2014 (Movie)

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Titanic: Blood and Steel 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Anonymous 2011 (Movie)

Prologue (Actor)

Ironclad 2011 (Movie)

Sheriff de Cornhill (Actor)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

Sir Owen Moreshead (Actor)

StringCaesar 2011 (Movie)

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The Borgias 2011 (Tv Show)

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There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

Honorio Soto (Actor)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

Archbishop Cosmo Lang (Actor)

Charles Dickens's England 2009 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Diamonds 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Morris: A Life with Bells On 2009 (Movie)

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A Bunch of Amateurs 2008 (Movie)

Nigel (Actor)

Adam Resurrected 2008 (Movie)

Dr Nathan Gross (Actor)

The Old Curiosity Shop 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The Riddle 2008 (Movie)

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Doctor Who 2007 (Tv Show)

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The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

The Magisterial Emissary (Actor)

Bye Bye Blackbird 2006 (Movie)

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Guantanamero 2006 (Movie)

Guido/Comandante (Actor)

Nanny McPhee 2006 (Movie)

Mr. Wheen (Actor)

Underworld: Evolution 2006 (Movie)

Alexander Corvinus (Actor)

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Strings 2004 (Movie)

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Two Men Went to War 2004 (Movie)

Major Merton (Actor)

Manor House 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Jury 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Nijinsky 2002 (Movie)

of Vaslav Nijinsky (Voice)

The Lonely War 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Revengers Tragedy 2002 (Movie)

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Beowulf 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Chasing the Sun 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

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Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

Probert (Actor)

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Revelation (Cyclops Vision / Romulus) 2001 (Movie)

The Librarian (Actor)

The Body 2001 (Movie)

Father Lavelle (Actor)

The Wyvern Mystery 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Gladiator 2000 (Movie)

Gracchus (Actor)

Jason and the Argonauts (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Up At the Villa 2000 (Movie)

Lucky Leadbetter (Actor)

Cadfael 4 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Basil 1998 (Movie)

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Cadfael 3 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Daedalus & Icarus 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Love Is the Devil 1998 (Movie)

Francis Bacon (Actor)

San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Cadfael 2 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 1997 (Movie)

Father Leonor Fousnel (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Claudius (Actor)

Looking for Richard 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

The Crown Jewels 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Secret Garden 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Cadfael 1994 (TV Show)

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City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Cyrano de Bergerac 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Carnivore! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Three Tenors: The Impossible Dream 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Dead Again 1991 (Movie)

Franklyn Madson (Actor)

The Fool 1991 (Movie)

Sir John/Mr Frederick (Actor)

Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Henry V 1989 (Movie)

Chorus (Actor)

Pyramid 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Congress 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Jessye Norman's Christmas Symphony 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Little Dorrit 1988 (Movie)

Arthur Clennam (Actor)

The Statue of Liberty 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Enigma 1983 (Movie)

Kurt Limmer (Actor)

The Secret of Nimh 1982 (Movie)

of Nicodemus (Voice)

Charlotte 1980 (Movie)

Daberlohn (Actor)

Mannen som gick upp i rok 1980 (Movie)

Martin Beck (Actor)

The Human Factor 1980 (Movie)

Arthur Davis (Actor)

Richard II 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Medusa Touch 1977 (Movie)

Townley--the Publisher (Actor)

The Pallisers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Day of the Jackal 1973 (Movie)

Caron (Actor)

The Odessa File 1973 (Movie)

Klaus Wenzer (Actor)

The Strauss Family 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Blue Blood 1972 (Movie)

Gregory (Actor)

Three Sisters 1969 (Movie)

Andrei (Actor)

Interlude 1968 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Othello 1965 (Movie)

Cassio (Actor)

Breaking the Code (TV Show)

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Cathedral (TV Show)

Narrator

Circle of Deceit (TV Show)

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Endgame (TV Show)

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I, Claudius (TV Show)

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Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)

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Margaret Sanger (TV Show)

Voice

Mill Times (TV Show)

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Pinochet's Last Stand (TV Show)

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The Chimes (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

The Civil War (TV Show)

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The Gathering Storm (TV Show)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Show)

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The Jury (Movie)

George Cording QC (Actor)

The Secret Garden (TV Show)

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Thomas Jefferson (TV Show)

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Biography

One of the United Kingdom's most revered classical stage actors, Sir Derek Jacobi also enjoyed an astoundingly prolific career as a versatile character performer in both film and television. Handpicked to cofound Britain's National Theatre Company by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1963, he gained notice in Shakespearean classics such as "Hamlet" and "Othello" before segueing to feature films like "Day of the Jackal" (1973) and "The Odessa File" (1974). Jacobi's profile rose considerably with his career-making turn as "I, Claudius" (PBS, 1977), soon followed by his chilling embodiment of history's most reviled dictator in "Inside the Third Reich" (ABC, 1982). As an actor and public figure, his honors were numerous, including a Tony Award, Emmys, the Laurence Olivier Award, and a British knighthood in 1994. Other notable efforts on television, film and stage included his run as the 12th-century monk detective "Cadfael" (PBS, 1995-99), performing as a member of the award-winning ensemble cast of "The King's Speech" (2010) and what some called the definitive portrayal of "King Lear" on the London stage in 2011. Whether it was redefining another of Shakespeare's iconic characters, portraying a well-known historical figure, or creating a completely original performance for a modern work, Jacobi approached each role armed with classic training, fresh ideas and an indefatigable creative energy.

Relationships

Alfred Jacobi

Father

Daisy Jacobi

Mother

EDUCATION

Leyton County High School

St John's College, University of Cambridge

received full scholarship; member of Amateur Dramatic Club and the Marlowe Society

Milestones

2006

Starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in Len Wiseman's "Underworld: Evolution"

2006

Cast in "Nanny McPhee," a comedy written by and co-starring Emma Thompson

2001

Acted in Robert Altman's ensemble piece "Gosford Park", played the valet to the owner of the titular home

2001

Won Emmy Award for memorable guest appearance as a hammy Shakespearean actor on "Frasier"

2001

Reunited with playwright Hugh Whitemore as star of the play "God Only Knows"

2000

Returned to Broadway in staging of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"

2000

Co-starred in the British TV drama "The Wyvern Mystery"

2000

Had supporting role in the Oscar-winning feature "Gladiator"

1998

Portrayed painter Francis Bacon in "Love Is the Devil"

1997

Recreated acclaimed performance as Alan Turing in TV presentation of "Breaking the Code"

1996

Featured as Claudius in Kenneth Branagh's full-length "Hamlet"

1993

Undertook "Macbeth" with less than successful results

1991

Co-starred with Branagh and Emma Thompson in "Dead Again" (directed by Branagh)

1990

Had featured role in Christine Edzard's "The Fool"

1989

Played featured role of the Chorus in Branagh's film directorial debut "Henry V"

1988

Directed Kenneth Branagh in "Hamlet" for Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company

1988

First screen collaboration with Christine Edzard, "Little Dorrit"

1987

Reprised role as Alan Turing on Broadway in Hugh Whitemore's play "Breaking the Code"

1984

Appeared on Broadway in repertory with "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Much Ado About Nothing" opposite Sinead Cusack

1980

Broadway debut, "The Suicide"

1976

Played title character in the BBC miniseries "I, Claudius"

1973

Appeared in first TV miniseries, "The Strauss Family"

1965

Film debut as Cassio in "Othello", starring Laurence Olivier

1963

Founding member of the National Theatre Company with whom he made his London debut with as Laertes in "Hamlet" (1963) and starred in "Othello", "The Three Sisters" and "The Idiot"

1960

Professional stage debut with Birmingham Repertory in "One Way Pendulum"

1959

Appeared in title role of "Edward II" with the Marlowe Society, Cambridge

1957

Stage debut as "Hamlet" with the English National Youth Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland

1949

Suffered bout of rheumatic fever at age ten; briefly paralyzed (date approximate)

Acted as a child in local library productions

Served as artistic associate, Old Vic Company (formerly Prospect Theatre Company), London

Appointed director of the Chichester Festival Theatre in England

Starred in "Cadfael", shown on PBS' "Mystery!"

Bonus Trivia

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Jacobi was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.

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He received the Silver Nymph Award as Best Actor in a Made-for-Television Movie at the 38th Monte Carlo Television Festival in 1998 for 'Breaking the Code".

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