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Place of Birth Leytonstone, London, England
Birthday 1938-10-22
Also Known As Derek George Jacobi
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. Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE, (born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and film director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King. He received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing. His stage work also includes playing notable historical figures such as Edward II, Octavius Caesar, Richard III of England, and Cyrano de Bergerac. 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, appearing in the critically praised adaptation I, Claudius, for which he won a BAFTA; the titular role in the acclaimed medieval drama series Brother Cadfael, and Stanley Baldwin in The Gathering Storm. Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, such as Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Golden Compass (2007), The King's Speech (2010), and the forthcoming Hippie Hippie Shake. Like Laurence Olivier, he holds two knighthoods, Danish and British.


2018Nothing Is Truer than Truth
2018Tomb Raider as Mr. Yaffe
2017A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong as Scrooge
2017Murder on the Orient Express as Edward Masterman
2017Stratton as Ross
2016The History of Love as Léo Gursky
2016Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live: Romeo and Juliet as Mercrutio
2015Cinderella as The King
2014Grace of Monaco as Count Fernando D'Aillieres
2014Effie Gray as Travers Twiss
2013Fifty Years on Stage as Claudius/Spooner
2013Muse of Fire as Himself
2012Last Will & Testament as Himself
2012The Halloween Kid as Narrator
2012Jail Caesar
2011Anonymous as Prologue
2011Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) as Narrator (voice
2011There Be Dragons as Honorio
2011Ironclad as Cornhill
2011National Theatre Live: King Lear as King Lear
2010Hereafter as Derek Jacobi
2010Joe Maddison's War as Mr. Simpson
2010The King's Speech as Archbishop Cosmo Lang
2009Margot as Fred Ashton
2009Diamonds as Piers Denmont
2009Endgame as Rudolph Agnew
2008A Bunch of Amateurs as Nigel Dewberry
2008Sidney Turtlebaum as Sidney Turtlebaum
2008Adam Resurrected as Dr. Nathan Gross
2008One of those Days as Howard Whittam
2007The Old Curiosity Shop as Grandfather
2007The Golden Compass as Magisterial Emissary
2007Guantanamero as Guido
2007The Riddle as The Tramp / Charles Dickens
2007Airlock, or How to Say Goodbye in Space as President
2007Anastezsi as Balzer
2006Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy as Narrator
2006Pinochet's Last Stand as Senator Augusto Pinochet
2006Underworld: Evolution as Alexander Corvinus
2005Nanny McPhee as Mr. Wheen
2005Bye Bye Blackbird as Lord Dempsey
2004Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage as Colonel Protheroe
2004Strings as Nezo
2003Henry VIII as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
2003Broadway: The Golden Age as Himself
2002Inquisition as Cardinal Grand Inquisitor
2002Revengers Tragedy as The Duke
2002The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky as Nijinsky (voice) (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
2002The Gathering Storm as Stanley Baldwin
2002Ultimate Fights from the Movies as Gracchus (Gladiator) (archive footage)
2002Two Men Went To War as Maj. Merton
2001Gosford Park as Probert
2001The Body as Father Lavelle
2001Revelation as Librarian
2000Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings
2000The Wyvern Mystery as Squire Fairfield
2000Gladiator as Gracchus
2000Up at the Villa as Lucky Leadbetter
1999The Chimes as Narrator
1999Molokai: The Story of Father Damien as Father Leonor Fousnel
1998Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon as Francis Bacon
1998Animated Epics: Beowulf as Narrator ( voice )
1997Cadfael: St. Peter's Fair as Brother Cadfael
1996Hamlet as King Claudius
1996Looking for Richard as Himself/Interview
1996Breaking the Code as Alan Turing
1996Cadfael: A Morbid Taste for Bones as Brother Cadfael
1996Cadfael: The Devil's Novice as Brother Cadfael
1995Achilles as Narrator
1994The Secret Garden as Archibald Craven (voice)
1992Aladdin as The Magician (voice)
1991Dead Again as Franklyn Madson
1990The Fool as Mr. Frederick / Sir John
1990Discovering Hamlet as Himself
1989Henry V as Chorus
1988The Tenth Man as The Imposter
1987Little Dorrit as Arthur Clennam
1987The Secret Garden as Archibald Craven
1986David Macaulay: Cathedral as Pierre (voice)
1985Cyrano de Bergerac as Cyrano de Bergerac
1983Enigma as Kurt Limmer
1982The Secret of NIMH as Nicodemus (voice)
1982Inside the Third Reich as Adolf Hitler
1982The Hunchback of Notre Dame as Dom Claude Frollo
1980The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
1980Hamlet as Hamlet
1979The Human Factor as Arthur Davis
1978Richard II as King Richard II
1978The Medusa Touch as Townley - Publisher
1977Philby, Burgess and Maclean as Guy Burgess
1974The Odessa File as Klaus Wenzer
1973The Day of the Jackal as Caron
1973Blue Blood as Gregory
1970Three Sisters as Andrei
1967Much Ado About Nothing as Don John
1965Othello as Cassio
The Man Who Tried to Steal an Island as Narrator

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