Derek Jacobi

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Derek Jacobi

Derek Jacobi 2013.jpg
Jacobi in 2013
Derek George Jacobi

(1938-10-22) 22 October 1938 (age 82)
Leytonstone, Essex, England
Alma materSt John's College, Cambridge
OccupationActor, director
Years active1961–present
Partner(s)Richard Clifford (1979–present)

Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE (/ˈækəbi/; born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and stage director.

A "forceful, commanding stage presence",[1] Jacobi has enjoyed a successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet,[2] Uncle Vanya,[3] and Oedipus the King. He has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first for his performance of the eponymous hero in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and the second for his Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He also received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing in 1984 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1988 for The Tenth Man. His stage work includes playing Octavius Caesar, Edward II, Richard III[4] and Thomas Becket.

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, starring in the critically praised[2] adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius (1976), for which he won a BAFTA; in the titular role in the medieval drama series Cadfael (1994–1998),[5] as Stanley Baldwin in The Gathering Storm (2002), as Stuart Bixby in the ITV comedy Vicious (2013–2016) and as Alan Buttershaw in Last Tango in Halifax (2012–present). Jacobi also portrayed a version of the Master in the long running science fiction series Doctor Who. He later reprised the role for several Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions. In 2019, he played Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, in the third season of the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Crown.[6]

Though principally a stage actor, Jacobi has appeared in a number of films, including The Day of the Jackal (1973), Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Riddle (2007), The King's Speech (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Disney's Cinderella (2015), and Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

He was knighted in 1994[7] and has also been made a member of the Danish Order of the Dannebrog.

Early life[edit]

Jacobi, an only child, was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England, the son of Daisy Gertrude (née Masters; 1910–1980), a secretary who worked in a drapery store in Leyton High Road, and Alfred George Jacobi (1910–1993), who ran a sweet shop and was a tobacconist in Chingford.[8] His patrilineal great-grandfather had emigrated from Germany to England during the 19th century. He also has a distant Huguenot ancestor.[9][10] His family was working-class,[11] and Jacobi describes his childhood as happy. In his teens he went to Leyton County High School for Boys, now known as the Leyton Sixth Form College, and became an integral part of the drama club, The Players of Leyton.

While in the sixth form, he starred in a production of Hamlet, which was taken to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and very well regarded.[12] At 18 he won a scholarship to the University of Cambridge, where he read history at St John's College and earned his degree. Younger members of the university at the time included Ian McKellen (who had a crush on him—"a passion that was undeclared and unrequited", as McKellen relates it)[13] and Trevor Nunn. During his studies at Cambridge, Jacobi played many parts including Hamlet, which was taken on a tour to Switzerland, where he met Richard Burton. As a result of his performance of Edward II at Cambridge, Jacobi was invited to become a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre immediately upon his graduation in 1960.


Early work[edit]

Jacobi's talent was recognised by Laurence Olivier, who invited the young actor back to London to become one of the founding members of the new National Theatre, even though at the time Jacobi was relatively unknown. He played Laertes in the National Theatre's inaugural production of Hamlet opposite Peter O'Toole in 1963. Olivier cast him as Cassio in the successful National Theatre stage production of Othello, a role that Jacobi repeated in the 1965 film version. He played Andrei in the NT production and film of Three Sisters (1970), both featuring Olivier. On 27 July 1965, Jacobi played Brindsley Miller in the first production of Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy. It was presented by the National Theatre at Chichester and subsequently in London.

After eight years at the National Theatre, Jacobi left in 1971 to pursue different roles. In 1972, he starred in the BBC serial Man of Straw, an adaptation of Heinrich Mann's book Der Untertan, directed by Herbert Wise. Most of his theatrical work in the 1970s was with the touring classical Prospect Theatre Company, with which he undertook many roles, including Ivanov, Pericles, Prince of Tyre and A Month in the Country opposite Dorothy Tutin (1976).

Jacobi was increasingly busy with stage and screen acting, but his big breakthrough came in 1976 when he played the title role in the BBC's series I, Claudius. He cemented his reputation with his performance as the stammering, twitching Emperor Claudius, winning much praise. In 1979, thanks to his international popularity, he took Hamlet on a theatrical world tour through England, Egypt, Greece, Sweden, Australia, Japan and China, playing Prince Hamlet. He was invited to perform the role at Kronborg Castle, Denmark, known as Elsinore Castle, the setting of the play. In 1978, he appeared in the BBC Television Shakespeare production of Richard II, with Sir John Gielgud and Dame Wendy Hiller.

Later career[edit]

In 1980, Jacobi took the leading role in the BBC's Hamlet, made his Broadway debut in The Suicide (a run shortened by Jacobi's return home to England due to the death of his mother), and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). From 1982 to 1985, he played four demanding roles simultaneously: Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, for which he won a Tony for its Broadway run (1984–1985); Prospero in The Tempest; Peer Gynt; and Cyrano de Bergerac which he brought to the US and played in repertory with Much Ado About Nothing on Broadway and in Washington DC (1984–1985). In 1986, he made his West End debut in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore, starring in the role of Alan Turing, which was written with Jacobi specifically in mind. 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.

He appeared in the television dramas Inside the Third Reich (1982), where he played Hitler; Mr Pye (1985); and Little Dorrit (1987), based on Charles Dickens's novel; The Tenth Man (1988) with Anthony Hopkins and Kristin Scott Thomas. In 1982, he lent his voice to the character of Nicodemus in the animated film, The Secret of NIMH. In 1990, he starred as Daedalus in episode 4 of Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths.

Jacobi continued to play Shakespeare roles, notably in Kenneth Branagh's 1989 film of Henry V (as the Chorus), and made his directing debut as Branagh's director for the 1988 Renaissance Theatre Company's touring production of Hamlet, which also played at Elsinore and as part of a Renaissance repertory season at the Phoenix Theatre in London. The 1990s 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. In 1993 Jacobi voiced Mr Jeremy Fisher in The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends.

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 played it again in 2000, bringing the Chekhov play to Broadway for a limited run). Jacobi's work during the 1990s included the 13-episode series TV adaptation of the novels by Ellis Peters, Cadfael (1994–1998) and a televised version of Breaking the Code (1996). Film appearances of the era included performances in Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again (1991), Branagh's full-text rendition of Hamlet (1996) as King Claudius, John Maybury's Love is the Devil (1998), a portrait of painter Francis Bacon, as Senator Gracchus in Gladiator (2000) with Russell Crowe, and as "The Duke" opposite Christopher Eccleston and Eddie Izzard in a post-apocalyptic version of Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy (2002).

In 2001, Jacobi won an Emmy Award[14] 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 programme.


Jacobi has narrated audio book versions of the Iliad, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien, and two abridged versions of I, Claudius by Robert Graves. In 2001, he provided the voice of "Duke Theseus" in The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream film. 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. He is also the narrator for the BBC children's series In the Night Garden....

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 Doctor's nemesis 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. Therein 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 on to television. Jacobi later followed this up with an appearance in the Doctor Who episode "Utopia" (June 2007); he appears as the kindly Professor Yana, who by the end of the episode is revealed to actually be the Master. Jacobi admitted to Doctor Who Confidential he had always wanted to be on the show: "One of my ambitions since the '60s has been to take part in a Doctor Who. The other one is Coronation Street. So I've cracked Doctor Who now. I'm still waiting for Corrie."[15]

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, BBC Two 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 September 2007, it was released in the U.S., retitled Pinochet's Last Stand. In 2006, he appeared in the children's movie Mist, the tale of a sheepdog puppy, he also narrated this movie. 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.

Jacobi signing autographs after his performance in Twelfth Night, London, 2009

In February 2007, The Riddle, directed by Brendan Foley and starring Jacobi, Vinnie Jones, and Vanessa Redgrave, was screened at Berlin EFM. Jacobi plays twin roles: first a present-day London tramp and then the ghost of Charles Dickens. In March 2007, the BBC's children's programme In the Night Garden... started its run of one hundred episodes, with Jacobi as the narrator. He played Nell's grandfather in ITV's Christmas 2007 adaptation of The Old Curiosity Shop, and returned to the stage to play Malvolio in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2009) for the Donmar Warehouse at Wyndham's Theatre in London.[16] The role won him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.[17] He appears in five 2009 films: Morris: A Life with Bells On, Hippie Hippie Shake, Endgame, Adam Resurrected and Charles Dickens's England. In 2010, he returned to I, Claudius, as Augustus in a radio adaptation. In 2011, he was part of a medieval epic, Ironclad, which also starred James Purefoy and Paul Giamatti, as the ineffectual Reginald de Cornhill, castellan of Rochester castle.

Jacobi starred in Michael Grandage's production of King Lear (London, 2010), giving what The New Yorker called "one of the finest performances of his distinguished career".[18] In May 2011, he reprised this role at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[19]

In April 2012, he appeared in Titanic: Blood and Steel and in November 2012, he starred in the BBC series Last Tango in Halifax. In 2013, he starred in the second series of Last Tango, and in 2014, the third series.

In 2013, Jacobi starred alongside Ian McKellen in the ITV sitcom Vicious as Stuart Bixby, the partner to Freddie Thornhill, played by McKellen. On 23 August 2013 the show was renewed for a six-episode second series which began airing in June 2015.[20] The show ended in December 2016, with a Christmas special.

Since 2017, Jacobi has again portrayed The Master in several box set series for Big Finish Productions, collectively entitled "The War Master".

In 2018, he played the Bishop of Digne in the BBC miniseries Les Misérables.

In 2019 he reprised the role of the emperor Claudius in "Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans".

Shakespeare authorship involvement[edit]

R. Poslednik, D. Jacobi & Jaroslaw Pijarowski with World United Creator – Platinum Demiurge Award for his contribution to uniting and promoting world literature based on his efforts to introduce William Shakespeare into modern cinema, London, 2018

Jacobi has been publicly involved in the Shakespeare authorship question. He supports the Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship, according to which Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford wrote the works of Shakespeare.[21][22] Jacobi has given an address to the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre promoting de Vere as the Shakespeare author[23] and wrote forewords to two books on the subject in 2004 and 2005.[24][25]

In 2007, Jacobi and fellow Shakespearean actor and director Mark Rylance initiated a "Declaration of Reasonable Doubt" on the authorship of Shakespeare's work, to encourage new research into the question.

In 2011, Jacobi accepted a role in the film Anonymous, about the Oxfordian theory, starring Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgrave. In the film Jacobi narrates the Prologue and Epilogue, set in modern-day New York, while the film proper is set in Elizabethan England. Jacobi said that making the film was "a very risky thing to do", stating "the orthodox Stratfordians are going to be apoplectic with rage".[26]

In 2018, Jacobi received the World United Creator – Platinum Demiurge Award for his tremendous contribution to uniting and promoting world literature based on his efforts to introduce William Shakespeare into modern cinema.

Personal life[edit]

In March 2006, four months after civil partnerships were introduced in the United Kingdom, Jacobi registered his civil partnership with theatre director Richard Clifford, his partner of 30 years.[27] They live in West Hampstead, North West London.[28]

Along with his Vicious co-star Ian McKellen, he was a Grand Marshal of the 46th New York City Gay Pride March in 2015.[29]

Jacobi is an atheist.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
1965 Othello Cassio
1968 Interlude Paul
1970 Three Sisters Andrei
1973 The Day of the Jackal Caron
Blue Blood Gregory
1974 The Odessa File Klaus Wenzer
1978 The Medusa Touch Townley
1979 The Human Factor Arthur Davis
1981 Charlotte Daberlohn
1982 The Secret of NIMH Nicodemus Voice
Enigma Kurt Limmer
1985 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac
1987 Little Dorrit Arthur Clennam
1989 Henry V Chorus
1990 The Fool Mr. Frederick/Sir John
1991 Dead Again Franklyn Madson
1996 Looking for Richard Himself
Hamlet Claudius
1998 Basil Father Frederick
Love Is the Devil:
Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
1999 Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Father Leonor Fousnel
2000 Up at the Villa Lucky Leadbetter
Gladiator Gracchus
2001 The Body Father Lavelle
Revelation Librarian
Gosford Park Probert
The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky Nijinsky
2002 Revengers Tragedy The Duke
Two Men Went to War Major Merton
2004 Strings Nezo
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Lord Dempsey
Nanny McPhee Mr. Wheen
2006 Underworld: Evolution Alexander Corvinus
2007 Airlock Or How To Say Goodbye In Space President
The Riddle Charles Dickens
The Golden Compass Magisterial Emissary
2008 A Bunch of Amateurs Nigel
Adam Resurrected Dr. Nathan Gross
2009 Morris: A Life with Bells On Quentin Neely
Endgame Rudolf Agnew
Charles Dickens's England Himself
2010 Hippie Hippie Shake Judge
The King's Speech Cosmo Gordon Lang
Hereafter Himself
2011 Ironclad Cornhill
There Be Dragons Honorio
Anonymous Narrator
My Week with Marilyn Sir Owen Morshead
2012 Jail Caesar Sulla
2013 Effie Gray Travers Twiss
2014 Grace of Monaco Count Fernando D'Aillieres
2015 Cinderella The King
2016 The History of Love Léo Gursky
2017 Stratton Ross
Murder on the Orient Express Edward Masterman
2018 Tomb Raider Mr. Yaffe
2019 Swords and Sceptres Lord Palmerston
Tolkien Prof. Joseph Wright
Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans Claudius
2020 Come Away Mr. Brown
The Host Dr. Hobson


Year Title Role Notes
1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play Charles Marlow Episode: She Stoops the Conquerer
1962 Armchair Theatre Eric Episode: The Fishing Match
1967 Much Ado About Nothing Don John TV Movie
1968 ITV Playhouse Jerry Episode: The Photographer
1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes William Drew Episode: The Secret of the Foxhunter
1972 Man of Straw Diederich Hessling 6 episodes
The Strauss Family Joseph Lanner 2 episodes
Budgie Herbert Fletcher 2 episodes
1974 The Pallisers Lord Fawn 8 episodes
1975 Affairs of the Heart Bertram Braddle Episode: Elizabeth
1976 I, Claudius Claudius 12 episodes
1977 Philby, Burgess and MacLean Guy Burgess TV Movie
1978 Tycoon Timothy West Episode: What Price a Life
Jackanory Narrator 5 episodes reading 'Tales from Tartary' by James Riordan
Richard II Richard II BBC-TV
1979 Minder Freddie Fenton Episode: The Bounty Hunter
1980-1982 Tales of the Unexpected Drioli 2 episodes
1980 Hamlet Hamlet TV Movie
1982 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo TV Movie
Inside the Third Reich Adolf Hitler TV Movie
Tales of the Unexpected Performer 2 episodes
1985 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac TV Movie
1986 Mr Pye Mr. Pye 4 episodes
David Macaulay: Cathedral Pierre TV Movie
1987 The Secret Garden Archibald Craven TV Movie
1988 The Tenth Man The Imposter TV Movie
1990 The Civil War Various 9 episodes
1992 Aladdin The Magician Voice, TV Movie
1993 The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends Mr Jeremy Fisher 1 episode
1994–98 Cadfael Brother Cadfael 13 episodes
1994 The Secret Garden Archibald Craven Voice, TV Movie
1996 Breaking the Code Alan Turing TV Movie
2000 The Wyvern Mystery Squire Fairfield TV Movie
Jason and the Argonauts Phineus TV Movie
2001 Frasier Jackson Hedley Episode: The Show Must Go Off
2002 The Jury George Cording QC 6 episodes
The Edwardian Country House The Narrator All episodes
The Gathering Storm Stanley Baldwin TV Movie
2003 Henry VIII Narrator Voice, TV Serial
2004 London Tacitus TV Movie
The Long Firm Lord Edward Thursby 2 episodes
Marple Colonel Protheroe Episode: The Murder at the Vicarage
2007 Doctor Who The Master / Professor Yana Episode: Utopia
The Old Curiosity Shop Grandfather TV Movie
2007–09 Mist: The Tale of a Sheepdog Puppy Narrator 38 episodes
In the Night Garden... Narrator 100 episodes
2011 The Borgias Cardinal Orsini 2 episodes
2012 Titanic: Blood and Steel William Pirrie 12 episodes
2012—present Last Tango in Halifax Alan Buttershaw 5 series - 24 episodes, BBC
2013–16 Vicious Stuart Bixby 2 series - 14 episodes, PBS
2016 The Amazing World of Gumball Moon Episode: Night
Inside No. 9 Dennis Fulcher Episode: The Devil of Christmas
2017 A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong Scrooge / Self TV Movie
2018 Les Misérables Bishop Episode: #1.1
2019 Good Omens Metatron Episode: Saturday Morning Funtime
The Crown Duke of Windsor Episode: Dangling Man


Year Title Role Venue Ref.
1959 Henry IV, Part 2 Henry, Prince of Wales Cambridge Arts Theatre, London [31]
1959 Love's Labour's Lost Bertram Berowne Lyric Opera House, London [31]
1959 Saint's Day Giles Aldus ADC Theatre, London [31]
1960 Cymbeline Iachimo Cambridge Arts Theatre, London [31]
1960 The Duenna Ferdinand ADC Theatre, London [31]
1960 Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay Edward Cambridge Arts Theatre, London [31]
1960 Dr. Faustus Evil Angel Cambridge Arts Theatre, London [31]
1963 Hamlet Laertes The Old Vic, London [31]
1965 Much Ado About Nothing Don Jon The Old Vic, London [31]
1968 The Covent-Garden Tragedy
A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion
In His Own Write
Performer The Old Vic, London [31]
1972 The Real Inspector Hound Moon Phoenix Theatre, London [31]
1979 Hamlet Hamlet The Old Vic, London [31]
1980 The Suicide Semyon S. Podsekalnikov ANTA Theatre, Broadway [31]
1982-84 The Tempest Prospero Royal Shakespeare Company [31]
1982-84 Peer Gynt Peer Gynt Royal Shakespeare Company [31]
1982–85 Much Ado About Nothing Signior Benedick of Padua Royal Shakespeare Company
Gershwin Theatre, Broadway
1983–85 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London
Gershwin Theatre, Broadway
1987 Breaking the Code Alan Turing Neil Simon Theatre, Broadway [32]
1993-94 Macbeth Macbeth Barbican Theatre, London
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
2000 Uncle Vanya Ivan Petrovich Voinitsky Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Broadway [32]
2002-03 The Tempest Prospero The Old Vic, London [31]
2005 Don Carlos Philip II Gielgud Theatre, London [33]
2006 A Voyage Round My Father Performer Wyndham's Theatre, London [34]
2009 Twelfth Night Malvolio Wyndham's Theatre, London [35]
2010 King Lear King Lear Brooklyn Academy of Music, Off-Broadway [36]
2016 Romeo and Juliet Mercutio Garrick Theatre, West End [37]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1980 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play The Suicide Nominated
1983 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor in a Revival Cyrano de Bergerac Won
1983 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards Best Actor Cyrano de Bergerac
Much Ado About Nothing
1983 Evening Standard Awards Best Actor Much Ado About Nothing Won
1984 Tony Award Best Actor in a Play Much Ado About Nothing Won
1985 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Much Ado About Nothing
Cyrano de Bergerac
1986 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor Breaking the Code Nominated
1988 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Nominated
1988 Tony Award Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2009 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actor Twelfth Night Won
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1976 British Academy Television Award Best Actor I, Claudius Won
1977 British Academy Television Award Best Actor Philby, Burgess and MacLean Nominated
1982 Primetime Emmy Award Best Actor - Limited Series or Movie Inside the Third Reich Nominated
1989 Primetime Emmy Award Best Actor - Limited Series or Movie The Tenth Man Won
1996 British Academy Television Award Best Actor Breaking the Code Nominated
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Best Guest Actor - Comedy Series Frasier Won
2012 British Academy Television Award Best Actor Last Tango in Halifax Nominated
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1987 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Little Dorrit Won
1991 British Academy Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Dead Again Nominated
1998 Satellite Award Best Actor - Film Drama Love Is the Devil:
Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon
1998 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Actor Won
1999 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actor Won
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2000 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Gladiator Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Gosford Park Won
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble Won
2002 Florida Film Critics Circle Award Best Cast Won
2002 Online Film Critics Society Award Best Ensemble Won
2002 Satellite Award Best Cast - Motion Picture Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture The King's Speech Won
2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Best Acting Ensemble Won
2010 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Acting Nominated
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2019 BBC Audio Drama Awards Best Actor The War Master: Beneath the Viscoid Shortlisted
Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 Lifetime Achievement Helen Hayes Award Won

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ "Derek Jacobi Biography". Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  5. ^ Farndale, Nigel (2 July 2012). "Derek Jacobi: 'I don't mind people having faith. But it ain't for me'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  6. ^ Framke, Caroline. "TV Review: The Crown Season 3 Starring Olivia Colman".
  7. ^ Sarah Stanton, Martin Banham, The Cambridge Paperback Guide to Theatre (1996), p. 181
  8. ^ "Derek Jacobi Biography (1938–)". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Trace your French émigré ancestors like Sir Derek Jacobi". Who do you think you are magazine. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  10. ^ Rees, Jasper (15 July 2002). "Crown him with many crowns". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  11. ^ Vincent, Sally (19 September 2006). "I already knew I was a tetchy beast". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  12. ^ Wheatley, Jane (18 December 2008). "First knight of nerves for Derek Jacobi and A Bunch of Amateurs". The Times.
  13. ^ Steele, Bruce C. (11 December 2001). "The Knight's Crusade: playing the wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings may make Sir Ian McKellen the world's best-known gay man. And he's armed and ready to carry the fight for equality along with him". The Advocate. pp. 36–38, 40–45.
  14. ^ Campbell, Duncan (6 November 2001). "TV stars dress down for the Emmy awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  15. ^ "'Ello, 'Ello, 'Ello". Doctor Who. Season 3. Episode 40. BBC.
  16. ^ Billings, Joshua (9 February 2009). "Star-Crossed". Oxonian Review. 8 (3).
  17. ^ "Olivier awards 2009: the winners". 9 March 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  18. ^ Lahr, John (3 January 2011). "Crazy Love". The New Yorker: 74–75. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  19. ^ Brantley, Ben (5 May 2011). "Fantasies Aside, Life's Tough At the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  20. ^ "'Vicious' renewed for second series by ITV, 'Job Lot' moving to ITV2". Digital Spy. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  21. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (9 September 2007). "Who Was Shakespeare? That Is (Still) the Question: Campaign Revives Controversy of Bard's Identity". The Observer.
  22. ^ Horwitz, Jane (9 June 2010). "Backstage: What the Stars Had to Get Over to Get their 'Goat' on at Rep Stage". The Washington Post.
  23. ^ Jacobi, Derek. "Address to the Shakespeare Authorship Research Centre at Concordia University". Concordia University (Oregon). Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  24. ^ Malim, Richard, ed. (2004). Foreword. Great Oxford: Essays on the Life and Work of Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, 1550–1604. Parapress Limited. p. 3. ISBN 978-1898594796.
  25. ^ Anderson, Mark (3 August 2006). "Shakespeare" by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare. Gotham Books. pp. xxiii–xxiv. ISBN 978-1592401031.
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  27. ^ "Sir Derek Jacobi: Equal marriage debate a 'squabble over nothing'". Pink News. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
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  29. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (26 June 2015). "Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in a Gay Pride March Debut". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  30. ^ Farndale, Nigel (2 July 2012). "Derek Jacobi: 'I don't mind people having faith. But it ain't for me'". The Daily Telegraph.
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Derek Jacobi theatre profile".
  32. ^ a b c "Derek Jacobi". Playbill.
  33. ^ Paul Taylor (8 February 2005). "Don Carlos, Gielgud Theatre, London". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 November 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  34. ^ Nathan, John (28 July 2006). "Derek Jacobi to Take A Voyage Round My Father to the West End". Playbill.
  35. ^ Shenton, Mark (5 December 2008). "Donmar's Twelfth Night, with Derek Jacobi, Begins Previews Dec. 5". Playbill.
  36. ^ Hetrick, Adam (22 March 2011). "Cast Set for BAM Debut of Donmar's King Lear With Derek Jacobi". Playbill.
  37. ^ "Review: Jacobi Steals Show In Branagh's Romeo And Juliet". Londonist. 26 May 2016.
  38. ^ "No. 50154". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1985. p. 8.
  39. ^ "No. 53527". The London Gazette. 30 December 1993. p. 2.

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