Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE (/ˈdʒækəbi/; born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and stage director.

A "forceful, commanding stage presence",[1] Jacobi has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet,[2] Uncle Vanya,[3] and Oedipus the King. He has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first for his performance of the eponymous hero in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and the second for his Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He also received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing in 1984 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1988 for The Tenth Man. His stage work includes playing Octavius Caesar, Edward II, Richard III[4] and Thomas Becket.

In addition to being a founder member of the Royal National Theatre and winning several prestigious theatre awards, Jacobi has also enjoyed a successful television career, starring in the critically praised[2] adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius (1976), for which he won a BAFTA; in the titular role in the medieval drama series Cadfael (1994–1998),[5] as Stanley Baldwin in The Gathering Storm (2002), as Stuart Bixby in the ITV comedy Vicious (2013–2016) and as Alan Buttershaw in Last Tango in Halifax (2012–2016). Jacobi also portrayed a version of The Master in the long running science fiction series Doctor Who.

Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, including The Day of the Jackal (1973), Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Riddle (2007), The King's Speech (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Cinderella (2015), and Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

He was knighted in 1994[6] and has also been made a member of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.

Derek Jacobi

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Jacobi in 2013
Derek George Jacobi

22 October 1938 (age 80)
Leytonstone, Essex, England
ResidencePrimrose Hill, North London, England
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge
OccupationActor, director
Years active1961–present
Partner(s)Richard Clifford (1979–present)

Early life

Jacobi, an only child, was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England, the son of Daisy Gertrude (née Masters; 1910–1980), a secretary who worked in a drapery store in Leyton High Road, and Alfred George Jacobi (1910–1993), who ran a sweet shop and was a tobacconist in Chingford.[7] His patrilineal great-grandfather had emigrated from Germany to England during the 19th century.[8] His working-class family[9] was of Huguenot origin.[10] Jacobi describes his childhood as happy. In his teens he went to Leyton County High School for Boys, now known as the Leyton Sixth Form College, and became an integral part of the drama club, The Players of Leyton.

While in the sixth form, he starred in a production of Hamlet, which was taken to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and very well regarded.[11] At 18 he won a scholarship to the University of Cambridge, where he read history at St John's College and earned his degree. Younger members of the university at the time included Ian McKellen (who had a crush on him—"a passion that was undeclared and unrequited", as McKellen relates it)[12] and Trevor Nunn. During his studies at Cambridge, Jacobi played many parts including Hamlet, which was taken on a tour to Switzerland, where he met Richard Burton. As a result of his performance of Edward II at Cambridge, Jacobi was invited to become a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre immediately upon his graduation in 1960.


Early work

Jacobi's talent was recognised by Laurence Olivier, who invited the young actor back to London to become one of the founding members of the new National Theatre, even though at the time Jacobi was relatively unknown. He played Laertes in the National Theatre's inaugural production of Hamlet opposite Peter O'Toole in 1963. Olivier cast him as Cassio in the successful National Theatre stage production of Othello, a role that Jacobi repeated in the 1965 film version. He played Andrei in the NT production and film of Three Sisters (1970), both featuring Olivier. On 27 July 1965, Jacobi played Brindsley Miller in the first production of Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy. It was presented by the National Theatre at Chichester and subsequently in London.

After eight years at the National Theatre, Jacobi left in 1971 to pursue different roles. In 1972, he starred in the BBC serial Man of Straw, an adaptation of Heinrich Mann's book Der Untertan, directed by Herbert Wise. Most of his theatrical work in the 1970s was with the touring classical Prospect Theatre Company, with which he undertook many roles, including Ivanov, Pericles, Prince of Tyre and A Month in the Country opposite Dorothy Tutin (1976).

Jacobi was increasingly busy with stage and screen acting, but his big breakthrough came in 1976 when he played the title role in the BBC's series I, Claudius. He cemented his reputation with his performance as the stammering, twitching Emperor Claudius, winning much praise. In 1979, thanks to his international popularity, he took Hamlet on a theatrical world tour through England, Egypt, Greece, Sweden, Australia, Japan and China, playing Prince Hamlet. He was invited to perform the role at Kronborg Castle, Denmark, known as Elsinore Castle, the setting of the play. In 1978, he appeared in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard II, with Sir John Gielgud and Dame Wendy Hiller.

Later career

In 1980, Jacobi took the leading role in the BBC's Hamlet, made his Broadway debut in The Suicide (a run shortened by Jacobi's return home to England due to the death of his mother), and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). From 1982 to 1985, he played four demanding roles simultaneously: Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, for which he won a Tony for its Broadway run (1984–1985); Prospero in The Tempest; Peer Gynt; and Cyrano de Bergerac which he brought to the US and played in repertory with Much Ado About Nothing on Broadway and in Washington DC (1984–1985). In 1986, he made his West End debut in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore, starring in the role of Alan Turing, which was written with Jacobi specifically in mind. The play was taken to Broadway. In 1988, Jacobi alternated in West End the title roles of Shakespeare's Richard II and Richard III in repertoire.

He appeared in the television dramas Inside the Third Reich (1982), where he played Hitler; Mr Pye (1985); and Little Dorrit (1987), based on Charles Dickens's novel; The Tenth Man (1988) with Anthony Hopkins and Kristin Scott Thomas. In 1982, he lent his voice to the character of Nicodemus in the animated film, The Secret of NIMH. In 1990, he starred as Daedalus in episode 4 of Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths.

Jacobi continued to play Shakespeare roles, notably in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film of Henry V (as the Chorus), and made his directing debut as Branagh's director for the 1988 Renaissance Theatre Company's touring production of Hamlet, which also played at Elsinore and as part of a Renaissance repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The 1990s saw Jacobi keeping on with repertoire stage work in Kean at the Old Vic, Becket in the West End (the Haymarket Theatre) and Macbeth at the RSC in both London and Stratford. In 1993 Jacobi voiced Mr Jeremy Fisher in The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.

He was appointed the joint artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre, with the West End impresario Duncan Weldon in 1995 for a three-year tenure. As an actor at Chichester he also starred in four plays, including his first Uncle Vanya in 1996 (he played it again in 2000, bringing the Chekhov play to Broadway for a limited run). Jacobi's work during the 1990s included the 13-episode series TV adaptation of the novels by Ellis Peters, Cadfael (1994–1998) and a televised version of Breaking the Code (1996). Film appearances of the era included performances in Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again (1991), Branagh's full-text rendition of Hamlet (1996) as King Claudius, John Maybury's Love is the Devil (1998), a portrait of painter Francis Bacon, as Senator Gracchus in Gladiator (2000) with Russell Crowe, and as "The Duke" opposite Christopher Eccleston and Eddie Izzard in a post-apocalyptic version of Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy (2002).

In 2001, Jacobi won an Emmy Award[13] by mocking his Shakespearean background in the television sitcom Frasier episode "The Show Must Go Off", in which he played the world's worst Shakespearean actor: the hammy, loud, untalented Jackson Hedley. This was his first guest appearance on an American television programme.


Jacobi has narrated audio book versions of the Iliad, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien, and two abridged versions of I, Claudius by Robert Graves. In 2001, he provided the voice of "Duke Theseus" in The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream film. In 2002, Jacobi toured Australia in The Hollow Crown with Sir Donald Sinden, Ian Richardson and Dame Diana Rigg. Jacobi also played the role of Senator Gracchus in Gladiator and starred in the 2002 miniseries The Jury. He is also the narrator for the BBC children's series In the Night Garden....

In 2003, he was involved with Scream of the Shalka, a webcast based on the science fiction series Doctor Who. He played the voice of the Doctor's nemesis the Master alongside Richard E. Grant as the Doctor. In the same year, he also appeared in Deadline, an audio drama also based on Doctor Who. Therein he played Martin Bannister, an ageing writer who makes up stories about "the Doctor", a character who travels in time and space, the premise being that the series had never made it on to television. Jacobi later followed this up with an appearance in the Doctor Who episode "Utopia" (June 2007); he appears as the kindly Professor Yana, who by the end of the episode is revealed to actually be the Master. Jacobi admitted to Doctor Who Confidential he had always wanted to be on the show: "One of my ambitions since the '60s has been to take part in a Doctor Who. The other one is Coronation Street. So I've cracked Doctor Who now. I'm still waiting for Corrie."[14]

In 2004, Jacobi starred in Friedrich Schiller's Don Carlos at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, in an acclaimed production, which transferred to the Gielgud Theatre in London in January 2005. The London production of Don Carlos gathered rave reviews. Also in 2004, he starred as Lord Teddy Thursby in the first of the four-part BBC series The Long Firm, based on Jake Arnott's novel of the same name. In Nanny McPhee (2005), he played the role of the colourful Mr. Wheen, an undertaker. He played the role of Alexander Corvinus in the 2006 movie Underworld: Evolution.

In March 2006, BBC Two broadcast Pinochet in Suburbia, a docudrama about former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the attempts to extradite him from Great Britain; Jacobi played the leading role. In September 2007, it was released in the U.S., retitled Pinochet's Last Stand. In 2006, he appeared in the children's movie Mist, the tale of a sheepdog puppy, he also narrated this movie. In July–August 2006, he played the eponymous role in A Voyage Round My Father at the Donmar Warehouse, a production which then transferred to the West End.

Derek Jacobi-autograph
Jacobi signing autographs after his performance in Twelfth Night, London, 2009

In February 2007, The Riddle, directed by Brendan Foley and starring Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, and Vanessa Redgrave, was screened at Berlin EFM. Jacobi plays twin roles: first a present-day London tramp and then the ghost of Charles Dickens. In March 2007, the BBC's children's programme In the Night Garden... started its run of one hundred episodes, with Jacobi as the narrator. He played Nell's grandfather in ITV's Christmas 2007 adaptation of The Old Curiosity Shop, and returned to the stage to play Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2009) for the Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's Theatre in London.[15] The role won him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.[16] He appears in five 2009 films: Morris: A Life with Bells On, Hippie Hippie Shake, Endgame, Adam Resurrected and Charles Dickens's England. In 2010, he returned to I, Claudius, as Augustus in a radio adaptation. In 2011, he was part of a medieval epic, Ironclad, which also starred James Purefoy and Paul Giamatti, as the ineffectual Reginald de Cornhill, castellan of Rochester castle.

Jacobi starred in Michael Grandage's production of King Lear (London, 2010), giving what The New Yorker called "one of the finest performances of his distinguished career".[17] In May 2011, he reprised this role at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[18]

In April 2012, he appeared in Titanic: Blood and Steel and in November 2012, he starred in the BBC series Last Tango in Halifax. In 2013, he starred in the second series of Last Tango, and in 2014, the third series.

In 2013, Jacobi starred alongside Ian McKellen in the ITV sitcom Vicious as Stuart Bixby, the partner to Freddie Thornhill, played by McKellen. On 23 August 2013 the show was renewed for a six-episode second series which began airing in June 2015.[19] The show ended in December 2016, with a Christmas special.

In 2017, Jacobi again portrayed The Master in a box set for Big Finish Productions, entitled "The War Master".

Shakespeare authorship involvement

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R. Poslednik, D. Jacobi & Jaroslaw Pijarowski with World United Creator – Platinum Demiurge Award for his contribution to uniting and promoting world literature based on his efforts to introduce William Shakespeare into modern cinema, London, 2018

Jacobi has been publicly involved in the Shakespeare authorship question. He supports the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, according to which Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford wrote the works of Shakespeare.[20][21] Jacobi has given an address to the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre promoting de Vere as the Shakespeare author[22] and wrote forewords to two books on the subject in 2004 and 2005.[23][24]

In 2007, Jacobi and fellow Shakespearean actor and director Mark Rylance initiated a "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" on the authorship of Shakespeare's work, to encourage new research into the question.

In 2011, Jacobi accepted a role in the film Anonymous, about the Oxfordian theory, starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave. In the film Jacobi narrates the Prologue and Epilogue, set in modern-day New York, while the film proper is set in Elizabethan England. Jacobi said that making the film was "a very risky thing to do", stating "the orthodox Stratfordians are going to be apoplectic with rage".[25]

In 2018, Jacobi received the World United Creator – Platinum Demiurge Award for his tremendous contribution to uniting and promoting world literature based on his efforts to introduce William Shakespeare into modern cinema.

Personal life

In March 2006, four months after civil partnerships were introduced in the United Kingdom, Jacobi registered his civil partnership with theatre director Richard Clifford, his partner of 30 years.[26] They live in Primrose Hill, North London.[27] He, along with his "Vicious" co-star Ian McKellen, was a Grand Marshal of the 46th New York City Gay Pride March in 2015.[28]



Year Nominated work Award Result
1980 The Suicide Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
1983 Cyrano de Bergerac Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival Won
1983 Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing Critics Circle Theatre Award Best Actor Won
1983 Much Ado About Nothing Evening Standard Award Won
1984 Much Ado About Nothing Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Won
1985 Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
1986 Breaking the Code Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor Nominated
1988 Breaking the Code Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
1988 Breaking the Code Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2009 Twelfth Night Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor Won
Year Nominated work Award Result
1976 I, Claudius British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Won
1977 Philby, Burgess and MacLean British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated
1982 Inside the Third Reich Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
1989 The Tenth Man Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Won
1996 Breaking the Code British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated
2001 Frasier Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2012 Last Tango in Halifax British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated
Year Nominated work Award Result
1987 Little Dorrit Evening Standard British Film Awards, Best Actor Won
1991 Dead Again BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
1998 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Edinburgh International Film Festival Award, Best Actor Won
1999 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Evening Standard British Film Awards, Best Actor Won
Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 Gosford Park Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2001 Gosford Park Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
2002 Gosford Park Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble Won
2002 Gosford Park Online Film Critics Society Award, Best Ensemble Won
2002 Gosford Park Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
2010 The King's Speech Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 Lifetime Achievement Helen Hayes Award Won



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Othello Cassio
1968 Interlude Paul
1970 Three Sisters Andrei
1973 Blue Blood Gregory
The Day of the Jackal Caron
1974 The Odessa File Klaus Wenzer
1978 The Medusa Touch Townley
1979 The Human Factor Arthur Davis
1981 Charlotte Daberlohn
1982 The Secret of NIMH Nicodemus Voice
Enigma Kurt Limmer
1988 Little Dorrit Arthur Clennam Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
1989 Henry V Chorus
1990 The Fool Mr. Frederick/Sir John
1991 Dead Again Franklyn Madson Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1996 Looking for Richard Himself
Hamlet Claudius
1998 Basil Father Frederick
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon Francis Bacon Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Father Leonor Fousnel
2000 Up at the Villa Lucky Leadbetter
Gladiator Gracchus Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2001 The Body Father Lavelle
Gosford Park Probert Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky Nijinsky
Revelation Librarian
2002 Revengers Tragedy The Duke
Two Men Went to War Major Merton
2004 Strings Nezo
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Lord Dempsey
Nanny McPhee Mr. Wheen
2006 Underworld: Evolution Alexander Corvinus
2007 The Riddle Charles Dickens
Airlock Or How To Say Goodbye In Space President
The Golden Compass Magisterial Emissary
2008 A Bunch of Amateurs Nigel
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Quentin Neely
Endgame Rudolf Agnew
Adam Resurrected Dr. Nathan Gross
Charles Dickens's England Himself
2010 Hippie Hippie Shake Judge
There Be Dragons Honorio
Ironclad Cornhill
The King's Speech Cosmo Gordon Lang Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Hereafter Himself
2011 Anonymous Narrator
My Week with Marilyn Sir Owen Morshead
2012 Jail Caesar Sulla
2013 Effie Gray Travers Twiss
2015 Cinderella The King
2016 The History of Love Léo Gursky
2017 Stratton Ross
Murder on the Orient Express Edward Masterman
2018 Tomb Raider Mr. Yaffe
Swords and Sceptres Lord Palmerston Post-production
2019 Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans Claudius
Tolkien TBA
Come Away TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Man of Straw Diederich Hessling 2 episodes
The Strauss Family Joseph Lanner 2 episodes
1974 The Pallisers Lord Fawn 8 episodes
1976 I, Claudius Claudius 12 episodes
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1977 Philby, Burgess and MacLean Guy Burgess Television film
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
1978 Richard II Richard II BBC-TV
1979 Minder Freddie Fenton Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
1980 Tales of the Unexpected Drioli Episode: "Skin" - Series 2, episode 11
1980 Hamlet Hamlet
1982 Inside the Third Reich Adolf Hitler Television film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1982 Tales of the Unexpected Sir Columbus Episode: "Stranger in Town" - Series 5, episode 56
1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo
1985 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Television film
1987 The Secret Garden Archibald Craven Television film
1986 Mr Pye Mr. Pye 4 episodes
1988 The Tenth Man The Imposter Television film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1990 The Civil War Various 9 episodes
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Mr Jeremy Fisher 1 episode
1994–1998 Cadfael Brother Cadfael 13 episodes
1996 Breaking the Code Alan Turing Television film
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor
2000 The Wyvern Mystery Squire Fairfield Television film
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Phineas Television film
2001 Frasier Jackson Hedley Episode: "The Show Must Go Off"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2002 The Jury George Cording QC 6 episodes
The Edwardian Country House The Narrator All episodes
The Gathering Storm Stanley Baldwin Television film
2004 London Tacitus Television film
2004 The Long Firm Lord Edward Thursby 2 episodes
2004 Marple Colonel Protheroe Episode: "The Murder at the Vicarage"
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Grandfather Television film
2007–2009 Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy Narrator 38 episodes
2007 Doctor Who The Master / Professor Yana Episode: "Utopia"
2007–2009 In the Night Garden... Narrator 100 episodes
2011 The Borgias Cardinal Orsini 2 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel William Pirrie 12 episodes
2012—present Last Tango in Halifax Alan Buttershaw 4 series (20 episodes)
Nominated—BAFTA TV Award for Best Leading Actor
2013–2016 Vicious Stuart Bixby 2 series (14 episodes)
2014–2016 The Amazing World of Gumball Narrator/Moon 2 episodes
2019 Good Omens Metatron

Theatrical performances

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Hamlet Hamlet
1980 The Suicide Semyon Semyonovich Podsekalnikov Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
1982–1985 Much Ado About Nothing Signior Benedick of Padua Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
1983–1985 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Critics Circle Theatre Award Best Actor
Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a Revival
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
1986–1988 Breaking the Code Alan Turing Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated—Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
2000 Uncle Vanya Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2009 Twelfth Night Malvolio Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor
2010 King Lear King Lear
2016 Romeo and Juliet Mercutio

See also


  1. ^ a b "Jacobi, Sir Derek". Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Shakespeare. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  2. ^ a b Wheatley, Jane (18 December 2008). "First knight of nerves for Derek Jacobi and A Bunch of Amateurs". The Times. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Derek Jacobi Credits, Broadway". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Derek Jacobi Biography". Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  5. ^ Farndale, Nigel (2 July 2012). "Derek Jacobi: 'I don't mind people having faith. But it ain't for me'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. ^ Sarah Stanton, Martin Banham, The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre (1996), p. 181
  7. ^ "Derek Jacobi Biography (1938–)". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  8. ^ Rees, Jasper (15 July 2002). "Crown him with many crowns". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  9. ^ Vincent, Sally (19 September 2006). "I already knew I was a tetchy beast". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  10. ^ "Trace your French émigré ancestors like Sir Derek Jacobi". Who do you think you are magazine. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  11. ^ Wheatley, Jane (18 December 2008). "First knight of nerves for Derek Jacobi and A Bunch of Amateurs". The Times.
  12. ^ Steele, Bruce C. (11 December 2001). "The Knight's Crusade: playing the wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings may make Sir Ian McKellen the world's best-known gay man. And he's armed and ready to carry the fight for equality along with him". The Advocate. pp. 36–38, 40–45.
  13. ^ Campbell, Duncan (6 November 2001). "TV stars dress down for the Emmy awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  14. ^ "'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello". Doctor Who. Season 3. Episode 40. BBC.
  15. ^ Billings, Joshua (9 February 2009). "Star-Crossed". Oxonian Review (8.3).
  16. ^ "Olivier awards 2009: the winners". 9 March 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  17. ^ Lahr, John (3 January 2011). "Crazy Love". The New Yorker: 74–75. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  18. ^ Brantley, Ben (5 May 2011). "Fantasies Aside, Life's Tough At the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  19. ^ "'Vicious' renewed for second series by ITV, 'Job Lot' moving to ITV2". Digital Spy. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  20. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (9 September 2007). "Who Was Shakespeare? That Is (Still) the Question: Campaign Revives Controversy of Bard's Identity". The Observer.
  21. ^ Horwitz, Jane (9 June 2010). "Backstage: What the Stars Had to Get Over to Get their 'Goat' on at Rep Stage". The Washington Post.
  22. ^ Jacobi, Derek. "Address to the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University". Concordia University (Oregon). Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  23. ^ Malim, Richard, ed. (2004). Foreword. Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, 1550–1604. Parapress Limited. p. 3. ISBN 978-1898594796.
  24. ^ Anderson, Mark (3 August 2006). "Shakespeare" by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare. Gotham Books. pp. xxiii–xxiv. ASIN B001G8WETU. ISBN 978-1592401031.
  25. ^ Horwitz 2010.
  26. ^ "Sir Derek Jacobi: Equal marriage debate a 'squabble over nothing'". Pink News. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  27. ^ Farndale, Nigel (2 July 2012). "Derek Jacobi: 'I don't mind people having faith. But it ain't for me'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  28. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (26 June 2015). "Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in a Gay Pride March Debut". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  29. ^ "No. 53527". The London Gazette. 30 December 1993. p. 2.

External links

A Voyage Round My Father

A Voyage Round My Father is an autobiographical play by John Mortimer, later adapted for television.

The first version of the play appeared as a series of three half-hour sketches for BBC radio in 1963. It then became a television play with Ian Richardson playing Mortimer, Tim Good the young Mortimer, and Mark Dignam his blind barrister father. Mortimer then adapted it for the stage, and it appeared at the Haymarket Theatre in 1971 with Alec Guinness as the father and Jeremy Brett as the son. Mortimer later (1982) turned the play back into a film for television (produced by Thames Television for ITV) in which Laurence Olivier played the father, Alan Bates the son, Elizabeth Sellars the mother and Jane Asher Elizabeth. This production was notable for including blind actor Esmond Knight in a sighted role, as a judge whom Mortimer senior faces. It was filmed in Mortimer's own house.

In June 2006, the play was revived at the Donmar Warehouse with Derek Jacobi and Dominic Rowan; it transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in September.

Adam Resurrected

Adam Resurrected (Hebrew: אדם בן כלב‎, translit. Adam Ben Kelev) is a 2008 American-German-Israeli film, directed by Paul Schrader and adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's novel of the same name published in Israel in 1968 (the book's original name literally means "Man, son of a dog").

Jeff Goldblum stars as the title character, alongside Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi and Ayelet Zurer. Several major German stars, including Moritz Bleibtreu, Veronica Ferres, Juliane Köhler and Joachim Król, play supporting roles.

Blue Blood (1973 film)

Blue Blood is a 1973 British-Canadian horror film directed by Andrew Sinclair and starring Oliver Reed, Fiona Lewis and Derek Jacobi. It was based on the novel The Carry-Cot by Alexander Thynn and was shot on location at Longleat House in Wiltshire.

Breaking the Code

Breaking the Code is a 1986 play by Hugh Whitemore about British mathematician Alan Turing, who was a key player in the breaking of the German Enigma code at Bletchley Park during World War II and a pioneer of computer science. The play thematically links Turing's cryptographic activities with his attempts to grapple with his homosexuality.

It was adapted as a 1996 television film directed by Herbert Wise, with Derek Jacobi reprising his stage role as Turing.

I, Claudius (TV series)

I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves' I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed, George Baker, Margaret Tyzack, John Hurt, Patricia Quinn, Ian Ogilvy, Kevin McNally, Patrick Stewart, and John Rhys-Davies. The series covers the history of the early Roman Empire, told from the perspective of the elderly Emperor Claudius who narrates the series.

Among many other productions and adaptations, Graves's Claudius novels have also been adapted for BBC Radio 4 broadcast (2010) and for the theatre (1972).

I, Claudius (radio adaptation)

I, Claudius is a six-part 2010 radio adaptation of the novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves. Broadcast as part of the Classic Serial strand on BBC Radio 4, it was adapted by Robin Brooks and directed by Jonquil Panting, with music composed by David Pickvance. Claudius was played by Tom Goodman-Hill and the series' cast is also notable for including Derek Jacobi, who played Claudius in the 1976 BBC TV adaptation of the same works. The series was released as a BBC Audiobook on 6 January 2011. It won the 2012 Audie Award in the "Audio Dramatization" category.

Inside the Third Reich (film)

Inside the Third Reich is a 1982 television film based on the book Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer. It was originally broadcast on network television by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).

Speer was portrayed in the movie by Rutger Hauer, Joseph Goebbels by Ian Holm, and Adolf Hitler by Derek Jacobi, a role for which he was nominated for an Emmy. The miniseries did win two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Film Sound Editing and Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special; DGA also outstanding directorial achievement in dramatic specials.

Last Tango in Halifax

Last Tango in Halifax is a British comedy-drama series that broadcast on BBC One, beginning November 2012 and ending with a two-part Christmas special in December 2016. Screenwriter Sally Wainwright loosely adapted the story of her mother's second marriage. Starring Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid as Alan and Celia, former childhood sweethearts, who are now in their seventies. Reunited via Facebook, they meet, fall in love, and plan to marry. Reid and Jacobi enjoyed having the chance to play out a love story between older people. Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker star as Caroline, Celia's daughter, and Gillian, Alan's daughter, respectively. Other characters are played by Nina Sosanya, Tony Gardner, Ronni Ancona, Dean Andrews, Sacha Dhawan and Josh Bolt.

The series has been praised for its depiction of the older generation, strong acting, and believable dialogue. A critic for The Daily Telegraph summarised the series as "a triumph against TV's ageism", and it has been endorsed by an executive member of the charity Age UK. Ahead of the American premiere, a critic for the Los Angeles Times described it as "the best new show of the fall". Last Tango in Halifax accrued four nominations for the 2013 British Academy Television Awards and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series. The United States broadcast television network PBS began airing the first series in September 2013.

A second series was commissioned, and filming began in summer 2013. It was broadcast on BBC One from 19 November 2013 to 24 December 2013. A third series was commissioned prior to the final episode of the second, aired between 28 December 2014 and 1 February 2015. Immediately following the end of Series Three, the BBC announced that a fourth series had been commissioned. The fourth series consists of only two episodes, described as Christmas Specials. They were broadcast on 19 and 20 December 2016.

Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor

The Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Play is an annual award presented by The Society of London Theatre in recognition of achievements in commercial British theatre. The awards were established as the Society of West End Theatre Awards in 1976, and, renamed in 1984 in honour of English actor Lord Olivier.

The award has been known by its current name of Best Actor since 1993, previously it was known as Actor of the Year. From 1976–1984 and again in 1988, there were two Actor of the Year awards, one for Actor of the Year in a New Play and the other for Actor of the Year in a Revival.

Little Dorrit (1987 film)

Little Dorrit is a 1987 film adaptation of the novel Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. It was written and directed by Christine Edzard, and produced by John Brabourne and Richard B. Goodwin. The music, by Giuseppe Verdi, was arranged by Michael Sanvoisin.The film stars Derek Jacobi as Arthur Clennam and Sarah Pickering in the title role. A huge cast of seasoned British and Irish stage and film actors was assembled to play the dozens of roles, among them are Alec Guinness, Simon Dormandy, Joan Greenwood, Roshan Seth, Miriam Margolyes, Cyril Cusack and Max Wall. Pickering, in contrast, had never previously acted on screen; she was cast after writing to the production team claiming to 'be' Little Dorrit. It remains her only screen acting role.

Othello (1965 British film)

Othello is a 1965 film based on the National Theatre Company's staging of Shakespeare's Othello (1964-1966) staged by John Dexter. Directed by Stuart Burge, the film starred Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, and Frank Finlay, who all received Academy Award nominations, and provided film debuts for both Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon.

Pinochet in Suburbia

Pinochet in Suburbia (retitled Pinochet's Last Stand for US release) is a 2006 drama about former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and the attempts to extradite him from Great Britain during his visit there in 1998 for medical treatment. It was written and directed by Richard Curson Smith.

Pinochet was played by Derek Jacobi, Margaret Thatcher by Anna Massey and Pinochet's wife Lucía by Phyllida Law, with the cast also including Peter Capaldi, Pip Torrens and Jessica Hynes. It premiered in March 2006 on BBC Two and in September 2007 in the US.

Tales from the Perilous Realm

Tales from the Perilous Realm is an anthology of some of the lesser-known writings of J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published in 1997 by HarperCollins without illustrations, and republished in an enlarged edition in 2008, with illustrations by Alan Lee. Lee has painted cover-art for several of Tolkien's other works. The 2008 edition also has an introductory essay by literary scholar Thomas Shippey.In 2010 HarperCollins published Tales from the Perilous Realm as an audiobook read by actor, Derek Jacobi.

The Human Factor (1979 film)

The Human Factor is a 1979 British thriller film starring Richard Attenborough, Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi and John Gielgud. It is based on the 1978 novel The Human Factor by Graham Greene, with the screenplay written by Tom Stoppard. It examined British espionage, and the West's relationship with apartheid South Africa.

The film was directed by Otto Preminger, the 38th and final film he directed in his nearly half-century career.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982 film)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (sometimes known as simply Hunchback) is a 1982 British-American TV movie based on the Victor Hugo novel. It was directed by Michael Tuchner and Alan Hume and produced by Norman Rosemont and Malcolm J. Christopher. It starred Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Lesley-Anne Down and John Gielgud. The film was produced as part of the long-running Hallmark Hall of Fame series and was televised on CBS on February 4, 1982.

The War Master (audio drama series)

The War Master, announced in June 2017, is a Big Finish Productions audio play series based on the TV show Doctor Who. It sees the return of Sir Derek Jacobi as The Master, a role he previously portrayed in the TV story "Utopia". The first volume consists of a four-CD box set; it was released in December 2017.. In July 2018, a further 3 series were confirmed for release between December 2018 – December 2019.In January 2019, Paul McGann was confirmed as an appearance within the third series, Rage of the Time Lords, as The Eighth Doctor alongside Jacobi.

The Wyvern Mystery

The Wyvern Mystery is a 2000 BBC film starring Naomi Watts and Derek Jacobi. The film is based on Sheridan Le Fanu's novel.

Tolkien (film)

Tolkien is an upcoming 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. It is about the early life of English professor J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, as well as notable academic works. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, and Derek Jacobi.

Tolkien will be Fox Searchlight Pictures' first film to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures following its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company.

Vicious (TV series)

Vicious is a British television sitcom shown on ITV. The series stars Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as Freddie and Stuart, an elderly gay couple who have been together for 50 years but endure a love/hate relationship. The series premiered on 29 April 2013 with 5.78 million viewers.

On 14 May 2016, McKellen and Jacobi appeared as Freddie and Stuart during the Eurovision Song Contest where they are seen watching the contest.

In 2016, the show was cancelled by ITV and a finale special aired on 16 December 2016.

Awards for Derek Jacobi

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