studied at Cambridge
and trained at the Birmingham Repertory Company until Laurence
Olivier saw him perform and eventually invited him to join the
newly-formed and highly exclusive, National Theatre Company.
He went on to be featured in
the Olivier produced films of Othello (1965, as Cassio) and Three
Sisters (1970). Interestingly, Derek Jacobi and Laurence Olivier
are the only actors to have received both the Danish and British
In 1972, he starred in the BBC
miniseries "Man of Straw", directed by Herbert Wise,
who also cast him for the title role in "I, Claudius"
three years later. Other television work included the coveted
roles of Richard II and Hamlet in the BBC Shakespeare plays.
In 1980, Derek gave his Broadway debut in "The Suicide" and
then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1982-1985 where
he alternated four demanding roles in repertoire at the same
time: Benedick, Prospero, Peer Gynt and Cyrano de Bergerac, an
unprecedented feat. In 1986, he made his commercial West
End debut in "Breaking the Code", which was also
taken to Broadway, and continued on the West End two
years later when he alternated the roles of Shakespeare's
Richard II and Richard III in repertoire.
Derek professes to have always
loved film, and cites his favorite movies as including Pinocchio
and Alec Guinness movies. He
has made his own film appearances in The Day of the Jackal (1973),
The Odessa File (1974), The Medusa Touch (1978), The Human Factor
(1979), Enigma (1982), Little Dorrit (1988), and the Kenneth
Branagh films 'Henry V' (1989, as the Chorus) and 'Dead Again'
(1991) (both films also starring Emma
Thompson). Jacobi won a Tony Award for his role as Benedick
in "Much Ado About Nothing," and critical acclaim for
his stunning TV work in the BBC series "I, Claudius"
and as Hitler in "Inside the Third Reich." Another
popular Jacobi television series was The Cadfael Mysteries
In 1985, he was awarded a CBE
(Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)
and created a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of
the British Empire in 1994.
- Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior
- Two Men Went to War (2002) ....
- Night's Noontime (2002) ....
- A Revenger's Tragedy (2002)
.... The Duke
- Ultimate Fights from the Movies
(2002) (V) (archive footage) .... Gracchus (Gladiator)
- Gosford Park (2001) .... Mr.
- Revelation (2001) .... The librarian
- The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
(2001) (voice) (as Sir Derek Jacobi) .... The Voice of Nijinsky
- Body, The (2000) .... Father
- Up at the Villa (2000) ....
- Gladiator (2000) .... Senator
- Father Damien (1999) .... Father
- Love Is the Devil (1998) ....
- Basil (1998) .... Father Frederick
- Hamlet (1996) .... Claudius
- Achilles (1996) .... Narrator
- Dead Again (1991) .... Franklyn
- The Fool (1990) .... Mr. Frederick
and Sir John
- Henry V (1989) .... Chorus
- Little Dorrit (1988) .... Arthur
- Enigma (1982) .... Kurt Limmer,
- The Secret of NIMH (1982) ....
- Charlotte (1980) .... Daberlohn
- HThe uman Factor (1980) ....
- Der Mann, der sich in Luft auflöste
(1980) .... Martin Beck
- The Medusa Touch (1978) ....
- The Odessa File (1974) ....
- Blue Blood (1973) .... Gregory
- DThe ay of the Jackal (1973)
- Three Sisters (1970) .... Andrei
- Interlude (1968) .... Paul
- Othello (1965) .... Cassio
- Dinosaur Hunters (2002) ....
- The Edwardian Country House
(2002) (mini) .... Narrator
- The Gathering Storm (2002) ....
- The Jury (2002) (mini) ....
George Cording QC
- The 100 Greatest TV Characters
(2001) (archive footage) .... Claudius
- Jason and the Argonauts (2000)
- The Wyvern Mystery (2000) ....
- Flora Britannica (1999) ....
- Animated Epics: Beowulf (1998)
(voice) .... Narrator
- Breaking the Code (1996) ....
- Witness Against Hitler (1996)
- Cadfael (1994) .... Brother
- The Secret Garden (1994) (voice)
.... Archibald Craven
- Circle of Deceit (1993) ....
- The World of Peter Rabbit and
Friends (1993) (voice) .... Mr. Jeremy Fisher
- The Tenth Man (1988) .... The
- The Secret Garden (1987)....
- Mr Pye (1986) .... Mr. Pye
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1985) ....
Cyrano de Bergerac
- Inside the Third Reich (1982)
.... Adolf Hitler
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1982) .... Dom Claude Frollo
- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980)
- King Richard the Second (1978)
.... King Richard
- Philby, Burgess and Maclean
(1977) .... Guy Burgess
- I, Claudius (1976) (mini) ....
- The Pallisers (1974) .... Lord
- The Strauss Family (1972) (mini)
- Much Ado About Nothing (1967)
.... Don Pedro
- "The Hollow Crown"
- "Much Ado About Nothing"
- "Breaking the Code"
(Broadway and West End)
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