Derek Jacobi

Biography

In 1980 Jacobi took the leading role in the BBC's Hamlet, made his Broadway debut in The Suicide, and then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) from 1982 to 1985 where he played four demanding roles simultaneously: Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, for which he won a Tony; Prospero in The Tempest; Peer Gynt; and Cyrano de Bergerac. In 1986, he made his West End debut in Breaking the Code with the role of Alan Turing. 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. In 2001, he won an Emmy 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 program. His TV career saw him measure with Inside the Third Reich (1982), where he played Hitler; Mr Pye (1985); Little Dorrit (1987), from Charles Dickens's book; The Tenth Man (1988) with Anthony Hopkins and Kristin Scott Thomas. Jacobi continued to play Shakespeare, notably in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film of Henry V (as the Chorus) and as Branagh's director in the Renaissance Theatre Company's production of Hamlet. The 1990's 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. 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 took a second run in 2000). Jacobi's work during the 90's included the 13 episodes series TV adaptation of the novels by Ellis Peters Cadfael (1994-1998) and a televised version of Breaking the Code (1996). Film appearances included performances in Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again (1991), Branagh's Hamlet (1996) as King Claudius, and in John Maybury's Love is the Devil (1998), a difficult portrait of painter Francis Bacon. He has also done the narration for an audio book version of the Iliad by Homer and for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. 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. 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 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. In that, 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 onto television. 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, BBC2 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 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. On January 25, 2007, the BBC confirmed that Jacobi will appear in the third series of Doctor Who, due to air in the spring of 2007. In February 2007, his feature film The Riddle, directed by Brendan Foley in which he stars alongside Vinnie Jones and Vanessa Redgrave was screened at Berlin EFM. Jacobi plays a twin roles. First, as a present day London tramp and then the ghost of Charles Dickens.

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Birth Name

Derek George Jacobi

Birth Place

Leytonstone, Londres, Reino Unido

Birth Date

10/22/1938
Known For
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The King's Speech

Archbishop Cosmo Lang

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The Secret of NIMH

Nicodemus (voice)

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Henry V

Chorus

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Ironclad

Baron Reginald de Cornhill

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The Body

Father Lavelle

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Dom Claude Frollo

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The Riddle

The Tramp / Charles Dickens

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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

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Jason and the Argonauts

Phineas

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Enigma

Kurt Limmer, East German

Starring In
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Gladiator 2

Gracchus

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The Martini Shot

Errol

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Allelujah

Ambrose

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Die vielen Gesichter des Peter O'Toole

Self

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Come Away

Mr. Brown

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The Host

Dr. Hobson

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Say Your Prayers

Father Enoch

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The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

Lord Palmerston

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Horrible Histories: The Movie

Claudius

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Tomb Raider

Mr. Yaffe

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Murder on the Orient Express

Edward Henry Masterman

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Stratton

Ross

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A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong

Scrooge / Self

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50 Years Legal

Himself

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The History of Love

Léo Gursky

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Cinderella

King

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Effie Gray

Travers Twiss

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Grace of Monaco

Count Fernando D'Aillieres (as Sir Derek Jacobi)

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Muse of Fire

Himself

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My Week with Marilyn

Sir Owen Morshead

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Anonymous

Prologue

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There Be Dragons

Honorio

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Ironclad

Baron Reginald de Cornhill

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The King's Speech

Archbishop Cosmo Lang

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Joe Maddison's War

Mr. Simpson

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Hereafter

Himself

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Endgame

Rudolph Agnew

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Margot

Fred Ashton

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Christmas in Canaan

Colonel Protheroe 1 episode, 2004

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Adam Resurrected

Dr. Nathan Gross

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A Bunch Of Amateurs

Nigel Dewberry

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Diamonds - mini serie

Piers Denmont

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The Golden Compass

Magisterial Emissary

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The Riddle

The Tramp / Charles Dickens

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Underworld: Evolution

Corvinus (as Sir Derek Jacobi)

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Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy

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Guantanamero

Guido / Commander

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Nanny McPhee

Mr. Wheen

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Strings

Nezo (voice: English version)

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The Long Firm

Lord Edward 'Teddy' Thursby (unknown episodes)

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Broadway - The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Himself

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Empires - The Kingdom of David - The Saga of the Israelites

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Henry VIII

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The Gathering Storm

Stanley Baldwin

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Two Men Went To War

Major Merton

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Jury (BFS Entertainment/ 2-Disc)

George Cording QC

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Revengers Tragedy

The Duke

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Gosford Park

Probert

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The Body

Father Lavelle

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Flix Mix - Ultimate Fights

Gracchus (Gladiator) (archive footage)

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Revelation

Librarian

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The Wyvern Mystery

Squire Fairfield

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Jason and the Argonauts

Phineas

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Gladiator

Gracchus

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Up at the Villa

Lucky Leadbetter

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Victoria Wood - All The Trimmings

Himself

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Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien

Father Leonor Fouesnel

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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon

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Basil

Father Frederick

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To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet

Self

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Dinosaur Hunters - Secrets of the Gobi Desert

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Hamlet

Claudius

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Dead Again

Franklyn Madson

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Discovering Hamlet

Himself

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Henry V

Chorus

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Der 10. Mann

The Imposter

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The Congress

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Little Dorrit

Arthur Clennam

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The Secret Garden

Archibald Craven

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The Statue of Liberty

Himself (voice)

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Enigma

Kurt Limmer, East German

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The Secret of NIMH

Nicodemus (voice)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Dom Claude Frollo

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Tales of the Unexpected, Set 1

Drioli / ... (2 episodes, 1980-1982)

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The Human Factor

Arthur Davis

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Medusa Touch

Townley - Publisher

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Blueblood

Gregory

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The Odessa File

Klaus Wenzer

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The Day of the Jackal

Caron

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Three Sisters

Andrei

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Othello

Cassio

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