Derek Hockridge (1934–2013) was born in Wales and brought up in Birmingham. His degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff, was followed by teacher training at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Subsequently he was a French teacher at Manchester Grammar School, then lecturer at Leicester Polytechnic, and the co-translator along with Anthea Bell of the world famous Asterix comic books written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.
An Equity member for many years, he appeared in the television series Crown Court, in which he played clerk of the court, and also featured in minor parts in Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown.
He retired to Swanage, Dorset, and died on 8 August 2013.