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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 ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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 2012-2015 Last Tango in Halifax (TV Series)
Alan
- Episode #3.2 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.1 (2014) ... Alan
- Episode #2.6 (2013) ... Alan
- Episode #2.5 (2013) ... Alan
- Episode #2.4 (2013) ... Alan
 2014 This Is Jinsy (TV Series)
Robunce Barnatty
- Population 791 (2014) ... Robunce Barnatty
 2011-2013 National Theatre Live (TV Series)
Claudius / Spooner / King Lear
- 50 Years on Stage (2013) ... Claudius / Spooner
- King Lear (2011) ... King Lear
 2010 Joe Maddison's War (TV Movie)
Mr. Simpson
 2009 Margot (TV Movie)
Fred Ashton
 2009 Masterpiece Contemporary (TV Series)
- Endgame (2009)
 2007-2009 Mist: Sheepdog Tales (TV Series)
Narrator / Lord Henry
- The End of the Tail (2009) ... Narrator
- A Piece of Cake (2009) ... Narrator
- Dognapped (2009) ... Narrator / Lord Henry
- Storm Exodus (2009) ... Narrator
- A Load of Rubbish (2009) ... Narrator
 2009 Diamonds (TV Movie)
Piers Denmont
 2007 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Professor Yana
- Utopia (2007) ... Professor Yana
 2006 Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2004 London (TV Movie)
Tacitus
 2003 Mr. Ambassador (TV Movie)
Hugo Vickers
 2003 Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (TV Mini-Series)
The Master
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... The Master (voice)
- Episode #1.5 (2003) ... The Master (voice)
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... The Master (voice)
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... The Master (voice)
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... The Master (voice)
 2003 Henry VIII (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2003 Angelina Ballerina (TV Series)
Mr. Operatski
- The Proposal (2003) ... Mr. Operatski (voice)
 2002 The Dinosaur Hunters (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2002 Inquisition (TV Movie)
Cardinal Grand Inquisitor
 2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (TV Series)
Colonel Anger
- Painkillers (2001) ... Colonel Anger
 2001 Frasier (TV Series)
Jackson Hedley
 2000 Jason and the Argonauts (TV Movie)
Phineas
 2000 The Wyvern Mystery (TV Movie)
Squire Fairfield
 1999 Flora Britannica (TV Series)
Narrator
- Foxglove (1999) ... Narrator
 1998 Animated Epics: Beowulf (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1997 Great Performances (TV Series)
Master of Ceremonies
- San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration (1997) ... Master of Ceremonies
 1996 Breaking the Code (TV Movie)
Alan Turing
 1996 Witness Against Hitler (TV Movie)
General
 1994 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Archibald Craven
- The Secret Garden (1994) ... Archibald Craven (voice, as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 1993 Circle of Deceit (TV Movie)
Randal
 1993 Screenplay (TV Series)
George Salisbury
- The Vision Thing (1993) ... George Salisbury
 1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series)
Daedalus
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Various
- War Is All Hell (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- Most Hallowed Ground (1864) (1990) ... Various (voice)
- The Universe of Battle (1863) (1990) ... Various (voice)
 1988 The Tenth Man (TV Movie)
The Imposter
 1988 David Macaulay: Pyramid (TV Movie)
Hordedef (voice)
 1987 The Secret Garden (TV Movie)
Archibald Craven
 1986 Mr Pye (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Pye
- The Perjured Soul (1986) ... Mr. Pye
- The First Martyr (1986) ... Mr. Pye
- Preparing the Way (1986) ... Mr. Pye
 1980-1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
The Stranger / Drioli
- Stranger in Town (1982) ... The Stranger
- Skin (1980) ... Drioli
 1980 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie)
Hamlet
 1979 Minder (TV Series)
Freddie Fenton
- The Bounty Hunter (1979) ... Freddie Fenton
 1978 Richard II (TV Movie)
Richard II
 1978 Tycoon (TV Series)
Timothy West
- What Price a Life (1978) ... Timothy West
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Mini-Series)
Claudius
- Old King Log (1976) ... Claudius
- Fool's Luck (1976) ... Claudius
- Hail Who? (1976) ... Claudius
- Zeus, by Jove! (1976) ... Claudius
 1975 Affairs of the Heart (TV Series)
Bertram Braddle
- Elizabeth (1975) ... Bertram Braddle
 1974 Markheim (TV Movie)
Markheim
 1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
William Drew
- The Secret of the Foxhunter (1973) ... William Drew
 1972 The Strauss Family (TV Mini-Series)
Josef Lanner
- Emilie (1972) ... Josef Lanner
- Anna (1972) ... Josef Lanner
 1972 Budgie (TV Series)
Herbert Fletcher
- Do Me a Favour (1972) ... Herbert Fletcher
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Gerry
- The Photographer (1968) ... Gerry
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Don John
 1962 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Eric
- The Fishing Match (1962) ... Eric
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Other Works:

He played a failed television writer named Martin Bannister and an alternative incarnation of the Doctor in the Big Finish "Doctor Who Unbound" audio drama Deadline. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Derek Jacobi

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

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. ... See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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