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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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 2015 Cinderella
 2012-2015 Last Tango in Halifax (TV Series)
- Episode #3.6 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.5 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.4 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.3 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.2 (2015) ... Alan
 2014 Effie Gray
Travers Twiss
 2014 Grace of Monaco
Count Fernando D'Aillieres (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 2014 This Is Jinsy (TV Series)
Robunce Barnatty
- Population 791 (2014) ... Robunce Barnatty
 2013 National Theatre Live: 50 Years on Stage (TV Movie)
Claudius / Spooner
 2013 The Man Who Tried to Steal an Island (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2012 Cloud Cuckoo Land
 2012 Jail Caesar
 2011 The Halloween Kid (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2011/I Anonymous
 2011 Ironclad
Baron Reginald de Cornhill
 2011 Capture Anthologies: The Dimensions of Self
President (segment "Airlock or how to say goodbye in space")
 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
 2009/I Endgame
Rudolph Agnew
 2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On
Quentin Neely
 2008 One of Those Days (Short)
 2008 A Bunch of Amateurs
Nigel Dewberry
 2008 Sidney Turtlebaum (Short)
Sidney Turtlebaum
 2008 Adam Resurrected
Dr. Nathan Gross
 2007 Ghostly Business (Short)
Ghost Under Sheet (unconfirmed)
 2007 Airlock, or How to Say Goodbye in Space (Short)
 2007 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Professor Yana
- Utopia (2007) ... Professor Yana
 2007 Anastezsi
 2007 Guantanamero
Guido / Commander
 2006 Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy (TV Movie)
 2006 Underworld: Evolution
Corvinus (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 2005 Nanny McPhee
Mr. Wheen
 2005 Project Huxley (Short)
Huxley (voice)
 2005 Bye Bye Blackbird
Lord Dempsey
 2004 Strings
Nezo (English version, voice)
 2004 London (TV Movie)
 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)
 2002 Inquisition (TV Movie)
Cardinal Grand Inquisitor
 2002 Two Men Went to War
Maj. Merton
 2002 Night's Noontime (Short)
Richard Dadd
 2002 Revengers Tragedy
The Duke
 2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (TV Series)
Colonel Anger
- Painkillers (2001) ... Colonel Anger
 2001 Revelation
 2001 Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
Nijinsky (voice, as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 2001 Frasier (TV Series)
Jackson Hedley
 2001 The Body
Father Lavelle
 2001 On Wings of Fire
 2000 Wilfred (Short)
 2000 Jason and the Argonauts (TV Movie)
 2000 The Wyvern Mystery (TV Movie)
Squire Fairfield
 1999 The Chimes (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Molokai
Father Leonor Fouesnel
 1999 Flora Britannica (TV Series)
- Foxglove (1999) ... Narrator
 1998 Animated Epics: Beowulf (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1998 Basil
Father Frederick
 1997 Great Performances (TV Series)
Master of Ceremonies
- San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration (1997) ... Master of Ceremonies
 1996 Hamlet
 1996 Breaking the Code (TV Movie)
Alan Turing
 1996 Witness Against Hitler (TV Movie)
 1995 Achilles (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 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)
 1993 Screenplay (TV Series)
George Salisbury
- The Vision Thing (1993) ... George Salisbury
 1992/I Aladdin (Video)
The Magician (voice)
 1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series)
 1990 The Fool
Mr. Frederick / Sir John
 1990 The Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- 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)
 1989 Henry V
 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
 1983 Enigma
Kurt Limmer, East German
 1982 The Secret of NIMH
Nicodemus (voice)
 1980-1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
The Stranger / Drioli
- Stranger in Town (1982) ... The Stranger
- Skin (1980) ... Drioli
 1981 Charlotte
 1980 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie)
 1979 The Human Factor
Arthur Davis
 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
 1978 The Medusa Touch
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Mini-Series)
- 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)
 1974 Blueblood
 1974 The Odessa File
Klaus Wenzer
 1974 The Pallisers (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Fawn
- Part Eighteen (1974) ... Lord Fawn
- Part Seventeen (1974) ... Lord Fawn
- Part Sixteen (1974) ... Lord Fawn
- Part Fourteen (1974) ... Lord Fawn
- Part Thirteen (1974) ... Lord Fawn
 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 Interlude
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Photographer (1968) ... Gerry
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Don John
 1965 Othello
 1962 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
- The Fishing Match (1962) ... Eric
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He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Cheryl Campbell, Denys Hawthorne, Jason Durr, Christopher Ravenscroft, Michael Siberry, Adrian Lukis, and Emily Richard in the cast. Adrian Noble was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Derek Jacobi


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Personal Quote:

It's as though you have crossed Niagara on a tightrope 250 times and, on the 251st crossing---vertigo. You are convinced you can't move across the stage without falling over. You go rigid from the knees down. You suddenly wonder, why am I doing this? I knew I'd got to get through a whole season, three spanking parts, and that if I ran away, I would never act on stage again. It was that knowledge ... See more »


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. See more »

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