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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 »

Known For

Gladiator
Gladiator Gracchus
(2000)
The King's Speech
The King's Speech Archbishop Cosmo Lang
(2010)
Underworld: Evolution
(2006)
The Secret of NIMH
The Secret of NIMH Nicodemus
(1982)

Filmography

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 2018 Swords and Sceptres (filming)
Lord Palmerston
 2017 Murder on the Orient Express
Edward Henry Masterman
 2017 Stratton
Ross
 2016 Inside No. 9 (TV Series)
Dennis Fulcher
- The Devil of Christmas (2016) ... Dennis Fulcher (voice)
 2012-2016 Last Tango in Halifax (TV Series)
Alan
- Episode #4.2 (2016) ... Alan
- Episode #4.1 (2016) ... Alan
- Episode #3.6 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.5 (2015) ... Alan
- Episode #3.4 (2015) ... Alan
 2016 The History of Love
Léo Gursky
 2013-2016 Vicious (TV Series)
Stuart Bixby
- The Finale (2016) ... Stuart Bixby
- Wedding (2015) ... Stuart Bixby
- Flatmates (2015) ... Stuart Bixby
- Stag Do (2015) ... Stuart Bixby
- Ballroom (2015) ... Stuart Bixby
 2016 The Amazing World of Gumball (TV Series)
The Moon
- The Night (2016) ... The Moon (voice)
 2015/I Cinderella
King
 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 Fifty Years on Stage (TV Movie)
Claudius / Spooner
 2013 The Man Who Tried to Steal an Island (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2012 Cloud Cuckoo Land
Victor
 2012 Jail Caesar
Sulla
 2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel (TV Series)
Lord Pirrie
- The 'Unsinkable' Sets Sail (2012) ... Lord Pirrie
- The Tipping Point (2012) ... Lord Pirrie
- Burden of Proof (2012) ... Lord Pirrie
- A Crack in the Armor (2012) ... Lord Pirrie
- High Stakes (2012) ... Lord Pirrie
 2011 The Halloween Kid (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 2011 My Week with Marilyn
Sir Owen Morshead
 2011/I Anonymous
Prologue
 2011 The Borgias (TV Series)
Cardinal Orsini
- The Poisoned Chalice (2011) ... Cardinal Orsini
- The Assassin (2011) ... Cardinal Orsini
 2011 There Be Dragons
Honorio Soto
 2011 Ironclad
Baron Reginald de Cornhill
 2010 Joe Maddison's War (TV Movie)
Mr Simpson
 2010 Hereafter
Derek Jacobi
 2010 The King's Speech
Archbishop Cosmo Lang
 2009 Margot (TV Movie)
Fred Ashton
 2007-2009 Mist: Sheepdog Tales (TV Series)
Narrator / Lord Henry
- The End of the Tail (2009) ... Narrator (voice)
- A Piece of Cake (2009) ... Narrator (voice)
- Dognapped (2009) ... Narrator / Lord Henry (voice)
- Storm Exodus (2009) ... Narrator (voice)
- A Load of Rubbish (2009) ... Narrator (voice)
 2009 Masterpiece Classic (TV Series)
Grandfather Trent
- The Old Curiosity Shop (2009) ... Grandfather Trent
 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)
Howard
 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 The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie)
Grandfather
 2007 The Golden Compass
Magisterial Emissary
 2007 Angelina Ballerina: The Silver Locket (Video)
Mr. Operatski (voice)
 2007 The Riddle
The Tramp and Charles Dickens
 2007 Airlock, or How to Say Goodbye in Space (Short)
President (voice, as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 2007 Doctor Who (TV Series)
Professor Yana
- Utopia (2007) ... Professor Yana
 2007 Anastezsi
Balzer
 2007 Guantanamero
Guido / Commander
 2006 Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2006 Pinochet's Last Stand (TV Movie)
Senator Pinochet
 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 Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series)
Colonel Protheroe
- The Murder at the Vicarage (2004) ... Colonel Protheroe
 2004 Strings
Nezo (English version, voice)
 2004 The Long Firm (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Edward Thursby
- Jimmy's Story (2004) ... Lord Edward Thursby
- Teddy's Story (2004) ... Lord Edward Thursby
 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/William the Conjuror (2003) ... Mr. Operatski (voice)
 2002 The Dinosaur Hunters (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2002 Inquisition (TV Movie)
Cardinal Grand Inquisitor
 2002 Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On (TV Movie)
Mr. Operatski (voice)
 2002 Two Men Went to War
Maj. Merton
 2002 Night's Noontime (Short)
Richard Dadd
 2002 Revengers Tragedy
The Duke
 2002 The Gathering Storm (TV Movie)
Stanley Baldwin
 2002 The Jury (TV Mini-Series)
George Cording QC
- Episode #1.6 (2002) ... George Cording QC
- Episode #1.5 (2002) ... George Cording QC
- Episode #1.4 (2002) ... George Cording QC
- Episode #1.3 (2002) ... George Cording QC
- Episode #1.2 (2002) ... George Cording QC
 2002 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Probert
 2001 Gosford Park
Probert
 2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (TV Series)
Colonel Anger
- Painkillers (2001) ... Colonel Anger
 2001 Revelation
Librarian
 2001 Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
Nijinsky (voice, as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 2001 Frasier (TV Series)
Jackson Hedley
- The Show Must Go Off (2001) ... Jackson Hedley
 2001 The Body
Father Lavelle
 2001 On Wings of Fire
Narrator
 2000 Wilfred (Short)
 2000 Jason and the Argonauts (TV Mini-Series)
Phineas
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Phineas
- Episode #1.1 (2000) ... Phineas
 2000 Gladiator
Gracchus
 2000 Up at the Villa
Lucky Leadbetter
 2000 The Wyvern Mystery (TV Movie)
Squire Fairfield
 1999 The Chimes (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 1999 Molokai
Father Leonor Fousnel
 1999 Flora Britannica (TV Series)
Narrator
- Foxglove (1999) ... Narrator
 1998 Animated Epics: Beowulf (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1994-1998 Mystery!: Cadfael (TV Series)
Brother Cadfael
- The Pilgrim of Hate (1998) ... Brother Cadfael
- The Potter's Field (1998) ... Brother Cadfael
- The Holy Thief (1998) ... Brother Cadfael
- The Raven in the Foregate (1997) ... Brother Cadfael
- St Peter's Fair (1997) ... Brother Cadfael
 1998 Basil
Father Frederick
 1997 Great Performances (TV Series)
Master of Ceremonies
- San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration (1997) ... Master of Ceremonies
 1996 Hamlet
Claudius
 1996 Breaking the Code (TV Movie)
Alan Turing
 1996 Witness Against Hitler (TV Movie)
General
 1995 Achilles (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1994 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Archibald Craven
- The Secret Garden (1994) ... Archibald Craven (voice, as Sir Derek Jacobi)
 1994 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (TV Series)
Mr. Jeremy Fisher
- The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1994) ... Mr. Jeremy Fisher (voice)
 1993 Circle of Deceit (TV Movie)
Randal
 1993 Screenplay (TV Series)
George Salisbury
- The Vision Thing (1993) ... George Salisbury
 1992/I Aladdin (Video)
The Magician (voice)
 1991 Dead Again
Franklyn Madson
 1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series)
Daedalus
- Daedalus & Icarus (1991) ... Daedalus
 1990 The Fool
Mr. Frederick / Sir John
 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)
 1989 Henry V
Chorus
 1988 The Tenth Man (TV Movie)
The Imposter
 1988 David Macaulay: Pyramid (TV Movie)
Hordedef (voice)
 1987 Little Dorrit
Arthur Clennam
 1987 The Secret Garden (TV Movie)
Archibald Craven
 1986 Mr Pye (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Pye
- Made for the Moonlight (1986) ... Mr. Pye
- The Perjured Soul (1986) ... Mr. Pye
- The First Martyr (1986) ... Mr. Pye
- Preparing the Way (1986) ... Mr. Pye
 1985 Cyrano de Bergerac (TV Movie)
Cyrano de Bergerac
 1982 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
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Adolf Hitler
 1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Movie)
Dom Claude Frollo
 1981 Charlotte
Daberlohn
 1980 Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV Movie)
Hamlet
 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
Publisher
 1977 Philby, Burgess and Maclean (TV Movie)
Guy Burgess
 1976 I, Claudius (TV Mini-Series)
Claudius
- Old King Log (1976) ... Claudius
- A God in Colchester (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
 1974 Blueblood
Gregory
 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 Day of the Jackal
Caron
 1971-1973 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
William Drew / Mr. 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
 1972 Man of Straw (TV Mini-Series)
Diederich Hessling
- A Loyal Subject (1972) ... Diederich Hessling
- A Suitable Match (1972) ... Diederich Hessling
- Imperial Justice (1972) ... Diederich Hessling
- Upholders of Morality (1972) ... Diederich Hessling
- Young Love (1972) ... Diederich Hessling
 1970 Three Sisters
Andrei
 1968 Interlude
Paul
 1968 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Gerry
- The Photographer (1968) ... Gerry
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Don John
 1965 Othello
Cassio
 1962 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Eric
- The Fishing Match (1962) ... Eric
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Charles Marlow
- She Stoops to Conquer (1961) ... Charles Marlow
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Other Works:

He acted in Ivan Turgenev's play, "A Month in the Country," in a Chichester Festival Production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, West Sussex, England with Dorothy Tutin, Timothy West, and Gemma Craven in the cast. Toby Robertson was director. 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:

Acting is painting, not photography, but painting is just as 'real' as photography. As an actor conscious that you are in a theatre, you still have to make it look as spontaneous as if you did not know that you are being watched by 1,000 pairs of eyes. See more »

Trivia:

He has appeared in six films with his domestic partner Richard Clifford: Little Dorrit (1987), Henry V (1989), The Fool (1990), A Bunch of Amateurs (2008), My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Jail Caesar (2012). See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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