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22 October 1938 Leytonstone, London, England, UK

Given Name

Derek George Jacobi

How tall is Derek Jacobi?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Richard Clifford

Life Story of Derek Jacobi

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 unappealing 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 (Masters) Jacobi, a secretary. His paternal great-grandfather was German (from Hoxter, Germany). 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...

What movies did Derek Jacobi play or participate?

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Two Down (2015) ,
Actors Filmography
The Laureate Mr. Graves, Ilkley Father Enoch, The Martini Shot (2020) Errol, Come Away (2020) Mr. Brown, The Host (2020) Dr. Hobson, Hippie Hippie Shake Judge, Last Tango in Halifax (2020) Alan, The Crown (2019) Duke of Windsor, Muse (2019) The Lawyer, Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) Claudius, Good Omens (2019) Metatron, Tolkien (2019) Professor Wright, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Lord Palmerston, Les Misérables (2018) Bishop, Tomb Raider (2018) Mr. Yaffe, Murder on the...

Birth information

22 October 1938 Leytonstone, London, England, UK

Given Name

Derek George Jacobi

How tall is Derek Jacobi?

1.78 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Richard Clifford

Life Story of Derek Jacobi

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 unappealing 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 (Masters) Jacobi, a secretary. His paternal great-grandfather was German (from Hoxter, Germany). 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...

What movies did Derek Jacobi play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Two Down (2015) ,
Actors Filmography
The Laureate Mr. Graves, Ilkley Father Enoch, The Martini Shot (2020) Errol, Come Away (2020) Mr. Brown, The Host (2020) Dr. Hobson, Hippie Hippie Shake Judge, Last Tango in Halifax (2020) Alan, The Crown (2019) Duke of Windsor, Muse (2019) The Lawyer, Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans (2019) Claudius, Good Omens (2019) Metatron, Tolkien (2019) Professor Wright, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019) Lord Palmerston, Les Misérables (2018) Bishop, Tomb Raider (2018) Mr. Yaffe, Murder on the...

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Derek Jacobi and Nicholas Hoult in Tolkien (2019)

Was the mentor and acting instructor of Kenneth Branagh.

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Derek Jacobi and Diana Quick in Revengers Tragedy (2002)

He won a Tony in 1985 for "Much Ado About Nothing."

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Derek Jacobi and Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (2018)

Was on the short list of actors considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Derek Jacobi, Joaquin Phoenix, and John Shrapnel in Gladiator (2000)

He and Laurence Olivier are the only actors to have received both a Danish and a British Knighthood.

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Derek Jacobi and Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000)

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the 1985 Queen's Birthday Honours List and became a Knight Bachelor in the 1994 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama. In 1989 he became a Knight 1st Class of the Order of the Dannebrog of Denmark.

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Derek Jacobi, Joaquin Phoenix, and John Shrapnel in Gladiator (2000)

Charlton Heston and Ronnie Barker had been considered for the role of Claudius in I, Claudius (1976) before he landed the role.

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Derek Jacobi in Gladiator (2000)

He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 (1983 season) for Best Actor in a Revival for "Cyrano de Bergerac".

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Derek Jacobi and David Schofield in Gladiator (2000)

He was awarded the 1983 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre Award) for Best Actor for his performances in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing.

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Derek Jacobi and Connie Nielsen in Gladiator (2000)

He was awarded the 1983 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing.

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Derek Jacobi and Connie Nielsen in Gladiator (2000)

An Associate Member of RADA.

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Derek Jacobi and Robert Morley in Der menschliche Faktor (1979)

Has a Victorian home in London, England.

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Jeff Goldblum and Derek Jacobi in Ein Leben für ein Leben - Adam Resurrected (2008)

Replaced Donald Sutherland as Franklyn Madson in Dead Again (1991).

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Derek Jacobi in Die Geschichte der Liebe (2016)

Patron of the British American Drama Academy, London.

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Elliott Gould and Derek Jacobi in Die Geschichte der Liebe (2016)

In 1963, when Jacobi auditioned for Britain's just-forming National Theatre, Olivier hired him as an understudy and spear-carrier. Luckily for Jacobi, the actor he was understudying. Jeremy Brett got the call to Hollywood, and Jacobi inherited all his parts.

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Derek Jacobi in Die Geschichte der Liebe (2016)

Was one of three actors considered for the role of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

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Derek Jacobi in Die Geschichte der Liebe (2016)

Once was invited to play Hamlet at Kronborg Castle, better known as Elsinore Castle, the setting of the play itself.

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Elliott Gould and Derek Jacobi in Die Geschichte der Liebe (2016)

Along with Mark Gatiss, he is one of only two actors to play both the "Doctor Who" character the Doctor and his greatest enemy, the Master. He played the former (as well as a failed television writer named Martin Bannister) in the Big Finish "Doctor Who Unbound" audio drama Deadline. He played the latter in both the BBCi webcast Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003) and the Doctor Who (2005) episode "Utopia".

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Derek Jacobi and Sophie Nélisse in Die Geschichte der Liebe (2016)

He has portrayed two different versions of the "Doctor Who" character the Master: an android copy of the first incarnation of the Master in the BBCi webcast Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (2003) and the fifth incarnation of the Master in the Doctor Who (2005) episode "Utopia".

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Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Ramona Marquez, etc.

Played "Hamlet" opposite Timothy West and, later, John Turner as "Claudius" in the Prospect Theatre Company productions. He would later direct Kenneth Branagh in the title role, before appearing as "Claudius" in the film production directed by Branagh.

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Derek Jacobi in Underworld: Evolution (2006)

After Roger Delgado, Peter Pratt, Geoffrey Beevers, Anthony Ainley, Gordon Tipple and Eric Roberts, he is the seventh actor to play the Master, the Doctor's greatest enemy. He played the role in Doctor Who: Utopia (2007). He was succeeded in the role by John Simm and Michelle Gomez.

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Alec Guinness, Derek Jacobi, and Sarah Pickering in Klein Dorrit (1987)

Nominated for the 1988 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Breaking the Code".

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Nicole Kidman and Derek Jacobi in Grace of Monaco (2014)

Has appeared in several films as a character with a stutter: the title character in I, Claudius (1976), Frankie in Dead Again (1991), Alan Turing in Breaking the Code (1996). He also appears in The King's Speech (2010), though not as the character who stutters.

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Derek Jacobi in Agatha Christie's Marple: Miss Marple: Mord im Pfarrhaus (2004)

He played the Roman Emperor Claudius between the ages of 18 (in 9 AD) and 63 (in 54 AD) in I, Claudius (1976).

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Derek Jacobi in The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990)

He claims to have been close to being cast as Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The same is true of Daniel Day-Lewis.

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Laurence Olivier and Derek Jacobi in Othello (1965)

As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001) and The King's Speech (2010). Of those, The King's Speech (2010) and Gladiator (2000) are winners in the category.

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Derek Jacobi and Richard Madden in Cinderella (2015)

He has appeared in six films with his domestic partner Richard Clifford: Little Dorrit (1987), Henry V (1989), The Fool (1990), A Bunch of Amateurs (2008), My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Jail Caesar (2012).

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Derek Jacobi in Cinderella (2015)

He has two roles in common with his Breaking the Code (1996) co-star Richard Johnson: (1) Johnson played King Claudius of Denmark in ITV Sunday Night Theatre: Hamlet (1970) while Jacobi played him in Hamlet (1996) and (2) Johnson played the Roman Emperor Claudius in Churchill's People: The Lost Island (1975) while Jacobi played him in I, Claudius (1976).

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Derek Jacobi and Richard Madden in Cinderella (2015)

He was awarded the 1989 Drama-Logue Award for Performance for the play, "Byron-Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know," in the American Premiere in the Centre Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre production at the James A. Doolittle Theatre (University of California) in Los Angeles, California .

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Derek Jacobi in Cinderella (2015)

He played Archibald Craven in two adaptations of the 1911 novel "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden (1987) and ABC Weekend Specials: The Secret Garden (1994).

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