Derek Jacobi

Lowest Rated: 0% Stratton (2018)
Birthday: Oct 22, 1938
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England, UK
One of Britain's most distinguished stage performers, Derek Jacobi is one of two actors (the other being Laurence Olivier) to hold both Danish and English knighthoods. Primarily known for his work on the stage, he has also made a number of films and remains best-known to television audiences for his stunning portrayal of the titular Roman emperor in I, Claudius.Born in Leytonstone, East London, on October 22, 1938, Jacobi was raised with a love of film, and he began performing on the stage while attending an all-boys school. Thanks to the school's single sex population, his first roles with the drama club -- until his voice broke -- were all female. It was with one of his first male roles that Jacobi earned his first measure of acclaim: playing Hamlet in a school production staged at the 1957 Edinburgh Festival, he made enough of an impression that he was approached by an agent from Twentieth Century Fox. Ultimately deemed too young to be signed to the studio, Jacobi instead went to Cambridge University, where he studied history and continued acting. His stage work at Cambridge was prolific and allowed him to work with classmates Ian McKellen and Trevor Nunn, and, thanks to his performance as Edward II, landed him his first job after graduation. Jacobi acted with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre until his portrayal of Henry VIII attracted the attention of Laurence Olivier. Olivier was so impressed with Jacobi's work that he invited him to London to become one of the eight founding members of the prestigious National Theatre.Jacobi went on to become one of his country's most steadily employed and respected actors, performing in numerous plays over the years on both sides of the Atlantic (in 1985, he won a Tony Award for his work in Much Ado About Nothing). He also branched out into film and television, making his film debut with a secondary role in Douglas Sirk's Interlude (1957). He acted in numerous film adaptations of classic plays, including Othello (1965) and The Three Sisters (1970). However, it was through his collaborations with Kenneth Branagh on various screen adaptations of Shakespeare that he became most visible to an international film audience, appearing as the Chorus in Branagh's acclaimed 1989 Henry V and as Claudius in the director's 1996 full-length adaptation of Hamlet. Jacobi made one of his most memorable (to say nothing of terrifying) screen impressions in Branagh's Hitchcock-inspired Dead Again (1991), portraying a hypnotist with a very shady background. In 1998, Jacobi earned more recognition with his portrayal of famed painter Francis Bacon in John Maybury's controversial Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon.On television, in addition to his celebrated work in I, Claudius, Jacobi has also earned praise for his roles in a number of other productions. In 1989, he won an Emmy for his performance in the 1988 adaptation of Graham Greene's The Tenth Man.In 1994 he began a successful run as a mystery-solving monk in the TV series Cadfael, a program that ran for three years. He had a Shakespeare heavy 1996 playing Claudius opposite Branagh's Hamlet, and appearing in Al Pacino's documentary Looking for Richard. He lent his voice to the animated version of Beowulf. He began the new century appearing in the Best Picture winner Gladiator, and was part of the rich ensemble compiled by Robert Altman for Gosford Park. In 2005 he was in the cast of the hit children's film Nanny McPhee, and two years later he was in The Golden Compass. In 2010 he appeared in another Oscar winning best picture when he was in The King's Speech. The next year he appeared in Anonymous as well as My Week With Marilyn.


Highest Rated Movies



51% Tolkien Professor Wright 2019
No Score Yet Masterpiece: Les Misérables Actor 2019
69% Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans Claudius 2019
0% Stratton Ross 2018
60% Murder On The Orient Express Edward Masterman $101.6M 2017
No Score Yet 50 Years Legal Actor 2017
No Score Yet Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's Romeo And Juliet Mercutio 2016
No Score Yet L'histoire de l'amour Léo Gursky 2016
41% Effie Gray Travers Twiss 2015
85% Cinderella King $183.4M 2015
11% Grace Of Monaco Count Fernando D'Aillieres $0.7M 2014
No Score Yet National Theater Live: The Magistrate Actor 2012
No Score Yet Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene Actor 2012
83% My Week with Marilyn Sir Owen Morshead $12.7M 2011
46% Anonymous Prologue $4.5M 2011
42% Ironclad Reginald de Cornhill 2011
12% There Be Dragons Honorio Soto $1.1M 2011
95% The King's Speech Archbishop Cosmo Lang $138.4M 2010
47% Hereafter Himself $32.8M 2010
No Score Yet Joe Maddison's War Mr. Simpson 2010
No Score Yet Hippie Hippie Shake Actor 2010
No Score Yet A Bunch of Amateurs Actor 2009
71% Endgame Rudolph Agnew 2009
23% Charles Dickens's England Actor 2009
No Score Yet Morris: A Life With Bells On Actor 2009
No Score Yet Twin Spirits Actor 2009
No Score Yet Mist: Sheepdog Tales - Round Up Actor 2009
No Score Yet Margot Frederick Ashton 2009
35% Adam Resurrected Dr. Nathan Gross 2008
No Score Yet Sidney Turtlebaum Sidney 2008
No Score Yet The Old Curiosity Shop Grandfather 2007
42% The Golden Compass Magisterial Emissary $70.2M 2007
No Score Yet The Riddle Actor 2007
No Score Yet Guantanamero Actor 2007
No Score Yet Philby, Burgess and Maclean Actor 2007
No Score Yet Pinochet's Last Stand Actor 2007
No Score Yet Twin Spirits Actor 2007
No Score Yet Pinochet's Last Stand Augusto Pinochet 2006
73% Nanny McPhee Mr. Wheen $47.2M 2006
17% Underworld: Evolution Corvinus $62.4M 2006
No Score Yet Mist: The Story of a Sheepdog Puppy Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Bye Bye Blackbird Actor 2005
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2005
80% Strings Nezo (English version) 2004
59% Two Men Went to War Maj. Merton 2004
No Score Yet Nijinsky Vaslav Nijinsky 2002
60% The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky Actor 2002
83% The Gathering Storm Stanley Baldwin 2002
No Score Yet Jury George Cording QC 2002
No Score Yet Revelation Actor 2002
86% Gosford Park Probert $41.3M 2001
13% The Body Father Lavelle 2001
60% Revengers Tragedy The Duke 2001
No Score Yet Great Escape: The Untold Story Actor 2001
No Score Yet Mill Times Priam Huntington 2001
No Score Yet Best of Boys in Love Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Wyvern Mystery Squire Fairfield 2000
33% Jason and the Argonauts Phineas 2000
76% Gladiator Gracchus 2000
46% Up at the Villa Lucky Leadbetter 2000
No Score Yet David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering: Pyramid Narrator 2000
No Score Yet The Shakespeare Conspiracy Narrator 2000
No Score Yet Edvard Grieg: What Price Immortality? Narrator 1999
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Father Leonor Fouesnel 1999
No Score Yet Discovering Hamlet Actor 1999
68% Love Is the Devil Francis Bacon 1998
No Score Yet Breaking The Code Alan Turing 1997
0% Basil Father Frederick 1997
95% Hamlet Claudius 1996
81% Looking for Richard Himself 1996
No Score Yet Witness Against Hitler Actor 1995
No Score Yet Three Tenors Actor 1992
83% Dead Again Franklyn Madson 1991
100% Henry V Chorus 1989
No Score Yet The Tenth Man The Imposter 1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit - Part Two: Little Dorrit's Story Arthur Clennam 1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit - Part One: Nobody's Fault Arthur Clennam 1988
No Score Yet Little Dorrit (Nobody's Fault) (Little Dorrit's Story) Arthur Clennam 1988
63% Little Dorrit - Set Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Secret Garden Archibald Craven 1987
No Score Yet David Macaulay's World of Ancient Engineering: Cathedral Narrator 1985
No Score Yet Enigma Kurt Limmer 1983
96% The Secret of NIMH Nicodemus 1982
No Score Yet The Hunchback of Notre Dame Dom Claude Frollo 1982
No Score Yet Inside the Third Reich Hitler 1982
No Score Yet Blue Blood Actor 1980
No Score Yet Richard II Richard II 1979
No Score Yet The Medusa Touch Townley the Publisher 1978
No Score Yet Philby, Burgess and Maclean Guy Burgess 1977
64% The Odessa File Klaus Wenzer 1974
No Score Yet The Three Sisters Andrei Prosorov 1974
No Score Yet The Strauss Family Actor 1973
91% The Day of the Jackal Caron 1973
No Score Yet Blue Blood Gregory 1973
82% Othello Cassio 1965
No Score Yet Interlude Paul 1957
82% Richard III Actor 1956


No Score Yet Vicious
Stuart Bixby
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98% Last Tango in Halifax
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No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
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No Score Yet Great Performances
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85% The Borgias
Cardinal Orsini
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No Score Yet Masterpiece
Host Rudolf Agnew Geroge Cording Grandfather George Cording
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94% Doctor Who
Guest Professor Yana
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No Score Yet The Long Firm
Lord Teddy Thursby
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No Score Yet Mystery!
Cadfael Colonel Protheroe Squire Fairfield
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No Score Yet Miss Marple
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94% Frasier
Guest Jackson Headley
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No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
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100% I, Claudius
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100% Inside No. 9
Dennis Fulcher
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Drioli The Stranger
No Score Yet The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends