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Derek Jacobi Biography

Birth Name:
Derek George Jacobi
Birth Place:
Leytonstone, East London, England
Profession
Actor

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

Awards

  • 2010Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1992BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: winner
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1988Tony-Actor (Play): nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated

Relationships