Derek Jacobi

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Derek George Jacobi
  • Birth Place: Leytonstone, East London, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/22/1938, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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Derek Jacobi Fast Facts:
  • Began performing on the stage while attending an all-boys school, playing female parts until his voice changed.
  • Continued in school productions while studying history at the University of Cambridge. A leading performance in Edward II earned him professional jobs after graduation.
  • Portrayal of Henry VIII impressed Laurence Olivier, who invited him to become one of the founding members of the newly formed National Theatre.
  • After numerous stage and screen appearances, breakthrough role came as the stammering emperor in the 1976 television series I, Claudius.
  • Gained international attention in Kenneth Branagh's film productions of Shakespeare's Henry V (1989) and Hamlet (1996) as well as his thriller Dead Again (1991).
  • His Doctor Who work includes performing on an audio drama and a webcast, and playing Professor Yana in the episode of the TV series titled "Utopia."
  • Shortly after civil unions were granted in England in 2005, legalized his 27-year relationship with actor Richard Clifford.
  • Has the rare distinction of attaining both Danish and British knighthood.
  • Derek Jacobi Relationships:
  • Alfred George Jacobi - Father
  • Daisy Gertrude Jacobi - Mother
  • Richard Clifford - Significant Other
  • Derek Jacobi Awards:
  • 1985 Tony: Actor (Play) - Winner
  • 1988 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1989 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1991 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Winner
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special - Nominee
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • College:
  • University of Cambridge, St. John's College, Cambridge, England (1960)

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