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Derek Jacobi

Highest Rated:   100% Henry V (1989)
Lowest Rated:   0% Basil (1997)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Murder On The Orient Express
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's Romeo And Juliet
  • Mercutio
2016
No Score Yet The History of Love
  • Léo Gursky
2016
No Score Yet L'histoire de l'amour
  • Léo Gursky
2016
43% Effie Gray
  • Travers Twiss
2015
83% Cinderella
  • King
$183.4M 2015
11% Grace Of Monaco
  • Count Fernando D'Aillieres
$0.7M 2014
No Score Yet Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet National Theater Live: The Magistrate
  • Actor
2012
83% My Week with Marilyn
  • Sir Owen Morshead
$12.7M 2011
46% Anonymous
  • Prologue
$4.5M 2011
43% Ironclad
  • Reginald de Cornhill
2011
11% There Be Dragons
  • Honorio Soto
$1.1M 2011
95% The King's Speech
  • Archbishop Cosmo Lang
$138.3M 2010
46% 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
43% 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
16% 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
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2005
80% Strings
  • Nezo (English version)
2004
63% Two Men Went to War
  • Maj. Merton
2004
No Score Yet Nijinsky
  • Vaslav Nijinsky
2002
60% The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet 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
40% 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
71% 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
90% The Day of the Jackal
  • Caron
1973
No Score Yet Blue Blood
  • Gregory
1973
80% Othello
  • Cassio
1965
No Score Yet Interlude
  • Paul
1957
80% Richard III
  • Actor
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Vicious
2013-2016
  • Stuart Bixby
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
98% Last Tango in Halifax
2012-2015
  • Alan
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
  • 2014
71% The Borgias
2011-2013
  • Cardinal Orsini
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Host
  • Rudolf Agnew Geroge Cording Grandfather George Cording
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2003
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
  • 2004
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Jackson Headley
  • 2001

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