He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Robert Stephens, Joan Plowright, Ronald Pickup, Gerald James, John McEnery, Edward Petherbridge, Frank Finlay, and Christopher Timothy in the cast. Franco Zeffirelli was ...
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Sir Derek Jacobi
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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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 ...
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.