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Name: Derek Jacobi
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Date of Birth: 22 October 1938
Home town: Leytonstone, London, England
Family: Alfred George Jacobi, Mother - Daisey Gertrude Jacobi. Married in a civil partnership to long term partner Richard Clifford
Education: University of Cambridge
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Websites: http://www.linsdomain.com/jacobi.htm


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Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, Jacobi's firm place in theatre history centers around his fearless display of his characters' more unappealingly aspects, their great flaws, eccentricities and, more often than not, their primal torment.

Jacobi was born in Leytonstone, London, England, the only child of Alfred George Jacobi, a department store manager, and Daisy Gertrude (nee Masters) Jacobi, a secretary, both of Christian German descent. His interest in drama began while quite young. He made his debut at age six in the local library drama group production of "The Prince and the Swineherd" in which he appeared as both the title characters. In his teens he attended Leyton County High School and eventually joined the school's drama club ("The Players of Leyton").

Derek portrayed Hamlet at the English National Youth Theatre prior to receiving his high school diploma, and earned a scholarship to the University of Cambridge, where he initially studied history before focusing completely on the stage. A standout role as Edward II at Cambridge led to an invite by the Birmingham Repertory in 1960 following college graduation. He made an immediate impression wherein his Henry VIII (both in 1960) just happened to catch the interest of Olivier himself, who took him the talented actor under his wing. Derek became one of the eight founding members of Olivier's National Theatre Company and gradually rose in stature with performances in "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," "Othello" (as Cassio) and in "Hay Fever", among others. He also made appearances at the Chichester Festival and the Old Vic.

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Non-acting careers:

Movies:
  • 1970 - Three Sisters played Andre
  • 1973 - Blueblood played Gregory
  • 1973 - The Day of the Jackal played Caron
  • 1974 - The Odessa File played Klaus Werner
  • 1978 - The Medusa Touch
  • 1979 - The Human Factor played Arthur Davis
  • 1981 - Charlotte played Daberjohn
  • 1982 - The Secret of NIMH voice of Nicodemus
  • 1983 - Enigma played Kurt Limmer
  • 1988 - Little Dorrit played Arthur Clennam
  • 1989 - Henry V was in the Chorus
  • 1990 - The Fool played Mr Frederick/Sir John
  • 1991 - Dead Again played Franklyn Madson
  • 1992 - Aladdin voiced The Magician
  • 1996 - Achilles - The Narrator
  • 1996 - Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet played Claudius
  • 1996 - Achilles - Narrator
  • 1998 - Love is the Study for Francis Bacon
  • 1999 - Flore Brtiannica - Narrator
  • 1996 - Molokai - Father Leona
  • 2000 - Up the Villa played Lucky Leadbetter
  • 2000 - Wilfred
  • 2000 - Gladiator played Gracchus
  • 2001 - On Wings of Fire - Narrator
  • 2001 - The Body played Father Lavelle
  • 2001 - Nijinsky voice of Nijinsky
  • 2001 - Revelation played Librarian
  • 2001 - Gosford Park played Probert
  • 2002 - Revenger's Tragedy played The Duke
  • 2002 - Night's Noontime played Richard Dodd
  • 2002 - Two Men Went to War played Major Merton
  • 2004 - Cloud Cuckoo Land played Victor
  • 2004 - Strings voice of Nezo
  • 2005 - Project Huxley voice of Huxley
  • 2006 - Nanny McPhee played Mr Wheen
  • 2006 - Underworld: Evolution played Corvinus
  • 2007 - Arritimia played Guido/Commander
  • 2007 - The Riddle played The Tramp/Charles Dickens
  • 2007 - Anastezsi played Balzer
  • 2007 - Airlock played President Emissary
  • 2008 - Adam Resurrected played Doctor Nathan Gross
  • 2008 - Turtlebaum played Sidney Turtlebaum
  • 2008 - A Bunch of Amateurs played Nigel Dewberry
  • 2009 - One of Those Days played Howard
  • 2009 - Morris: A Life With Bells On played Quentine Neeley
  • 2009/10 - Endgame played Rudolf Agnew
  • 2010 - There Be Dragons playing Honorio
  • 2010 - Ironclad played Cornhill
  • 2010 - The King's Speech playing Doctor Cosimo Lang
  • 2010 - Hippie, Hippie Shake playing Judge
  • 2011 - Capture Anthologies: The Dimensions of Self playing President
  • 2011 - There be Dragons playing Honorio
  • 2011 - Ironclad playing Cornhill
  • 2011 - Anonymous narrating the Prologue
  • 2011 - My Week with Marilyn playing Sir Owen Morshead
  • 2011 - The Halloween Kid (short) Narrator (voice)
TV:
  • 1972 - Man of Straw played Andrea
  • 1972 - Budgie played Herbert Fletcher
  • 1972 - The Strauss Family played Joseph Lanner
  • 1973 - The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes played William Drew
  • 1974 - The Palliser played Lord Fawn
  • 1974 - Markheim
  • 1975 - Affairs of the Heart played Bertram Braddle
  • 1976 - "I, Claudius" played Claudius1977 - Philby,
  • Burgess and Maclean played Guy Burgess
  • 1978 - King Richard II played King Richard II
  • 1979 - Minder played Freddie Fenton
  • 1980 - Hamlet played Hamlet
  • 1980 - Tale of the Unexpected played Sir Columbus the Stranger
  • 1982 - Inside the Third Reich played Adolf Hitler
  • 1982 - Tales of the Unexpected played Driolo
  • 1984 - Hallmark Hall of Fame played Dom Claude Frolio
  • 1986 - Mr Pye played Mr Pye
  • 1987 - Hallmark Hall of Fame played Archibald Craven
  • 1988 - Hallmark Hall of Fame played The Imposter
  • 1988 - Cyrano de Bergerac played Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 1990 - The American Civil War played Various Roles
  • 1991- The Storyteller "Greek Myths" played Daedus
  • 1993 Screenplay played George Salisbury
  • 1993 Circle of Deceit played Randall
  • 1994/98 - Cadfael played Brother Cadfael
  • 1994 - The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends played Mr Jeremy Fisher
  • 1994 - ABC Weekend Specials played Archibald Craven
  • 1996 - Witness Against Hitler played General
  • 1996 - Breaking the Code played Alan Turing
  • 1997 - Great Performances played Master of Ceremonies
  • 1997 - Animated Epics (Beowulf) - Narrator
  • 1998 - Basil played Father Fred
  • 2000 - The Wyvern Mysteries played Squire Fairfield
  • 2000 - Jason and the Argonauts played Phineas
  • 2001 - The Great Escape (The Untold Story) Narrator
  • 2001 - Frasier played Jackson Heeley
  • 2001 - The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream Voice of Thesus
  • 2001 - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased played Colonel Anger
  • 2002 - The Jury played George Carding QC
  • 2002 - The Gathering Storm played Stanley Baldwin
  • 2002 - Inquisition played Card Gardling
  • 2002 - The Dinosaur Hunters - Narrator
  • 2003 - The Ambassador played Hugo Vickers
  • 2003 - Henry VIII - Narrator
  • 2003 - Doctor Who played The Master
  • 2004 - London played Tacitus
  • 2004 - The Long Firm played Lord Edward "Teddy" Thursby
  • 2004 - Agatha Christies Marple played Colonel Protheroe
  • 2006 - Pinochet in Suburbia played Senator Pinochet
  • 2007 - Doctor Who played Professor Yana
  • 2007 - The Old Curiosity Shop played Grandfather
  • 2007/08 - "Mist" Sheepdog Tales - Narrator
  • 2008/09 - Diamonds played Piers Denmont
  • 2009 - Margot played Fred
  • 2010 - Joe Maddison's War played Mr Simpson
  • 2011 - National Theatre Live (King Lear) playing King Lear
  • 2011 - The Borgias playing Cardinal Orsini
Stage:
  • 2010/11 - King Lear
Big break:

Best known for:
  • I Claudius
  • Cadfael
Awards:
  • 1977 - BAFTA Awards - Best Actor - I, Claudius
  • 1988 - Evening Standard British Film Awards - Best Actor - Little Dorrit
  • 1989 - Emmy Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series or a Special - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Tenth Man
  • 1998 - Edinburgh International Film Festival - Best British Perfrmance - Love is The Devil: Study For a Portrait of Francis Bacon
  • 1999 - Evening Standard British Film Awards - Best Actor - Love is The Devil: Study For a Portrait of Francis Bacon
  • 2001 - Emmy Awards - Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Frasier
  • 2002 - Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture - Gosford Park
  • 2002 - Satellite Awards - Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble - Gosford Park
  • 2002 - Online Film Critics Society Awards - Best Ensemble - Gosford Park
  • 2002 - Florida Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Ensemble Cast - Gosford Park
  • 2002 - Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Acting Ensemble - Gosford Park
Upcoming projects:
  • 2010 - Hippie Hippie Shake to play Judge
  • 2011 - String Caesar to play Sulla
  • 2012 - Titanic: Blood and Steel will play Lord Pirrie
  • 2012 - Henry V
  • 2012 - Effie playing Travers Twiss

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  • "Acting is painting, not photography, but painting is just as 'real' as photography. As an actor conscious that you are in a theatre, you still have to make it look as spontaneous as if you did not know that you are being watched by 1,000 pairs of eyes."
  • "I've now been there, done that, and got the T-shirt. We just went to the registry office, signed a bit of paper and it was all over. We didn't have a bit party, but we had twenty-five friends to lunch. It was very quiet though, all over in a morning." - On his civil partnership ceremony.
  • "I've been acting for 33 years. I've proved I can do it. So any performance now has got to be deeper and better than that, nothing to do with ego, bravura, look-at-me acting. That is an invitation to the audience to assess your ability, and it gets in the way. The object is to get past that and lose yourself in your belief in the person you are trying to create. To find something absolutely real. But I constantly hope to go further than I manage to do." - 1992 interview.
  • "Actors, I don't think, ever really grow up. I'm hoping that that rejuvenating process applies to me, too. It has so far. I've been very lucky".


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  • He was knighted in 1994.
  • He and Laurence Olivier are the only actors to have received both a Danish and British knighthood.
  • Served as mentor/acting instructor to Kenneth Branagh.
  • Registered his civil partnership with long-term partner Richard Clifford in March 2006.
  • Derek began acting when he was a young boy in school plays. Because he attended an all boys school, his roles were all female until his voice changed.
  • He was on a short list of actors considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of The Lambs.
  • After 27 years together, registered his civil partnership with long-term partner Richard Clifford in March 2006, four months after civil unions became legal in England and Wales.



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