Derek Jacobi

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Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
Jacobi in 2013
Birthday/Birthplace Derek George Jacobi
(1938-10-22) 22 October 1938
Leytonstone, Essex, England
Citizenship British
College(s) St John’s College, Cambridge
Profession(s) Actor, director
Active Years 1961–present
Partner(s) Richard Clifford (1979–present)

Sir Derek George Jacobi , CBE, (Leytonstone, London, England, October 22, 1938) is a British actor.

Derek Jacobi’s Biography

He was born into a family of German descent. His parents, Alfred George Jacobi and Daisy Gertrude Masters, were engaged in trade, owning a candy store and a tobacconist.


He attended the Leyton High Road, where he was a member of the theater club The Players of Leyton. Since it was a male school, she acted in female roles until her voice changed. His first male role in The Last of the Inca. The second was Hamlet, highly acclaimed in school performance at the Edinburgh Festival of 1957.

At age 18, he entered the University of Cambridge on a three-year grant, and there he met Ian McKellen and Trevor Nunn. He chose the specialty of History, since there was no Dramatic Art as such. During his stay in Cambridge, he received many starring roles, Hamlet again among them.

After starring with great success Eduardo II, he was invited to join the Birmingham Repertory Theater after his graduation.


He performed in Birmingham until Sir Laurence Olivier, after attending the performance of Henry VIII, offered him the opportunity to be one of the eight founding members of the new Royal National Theater, in London. From this time dates his first film performance with Otelo (1965).

After eight years at the National Theater where he shared the stage, among others, with Joan Plowright in Saint Joan and Maggie Smith in Black Comedy and Hay Fever, Jacobi began to take part in various productions, including some on television. Thus, in 1972 he starred in the miniseries Man of Straw, directed by Herbert Wise, who also selected him for the main role in the award-winning historical miniseries, which would make him known worldwide, I, Claudio in 1976. He also starred in the BBC’s Shakespeare productions, in the lead roles of Ricardo II and Hamlet.

Regarding his theatrical performances, it is worth mentioning his triumphant return to the Birmingham Repertory Theater with Oedipus Rex. Much of his theatrical tours were made with the Prospect Theater Company, in which he played very diverse roles, such as those of Ivanov, Pericles, Prince of Tire and Hamlet again.

In 1980 he debuted on Broadway with The Suicide and later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he remained between 1982 and 1985, alternating four repertoire roles at the same time: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Prosper in The Tempest, Peer Gynt and Cyrano de Bergerac, which was an unprecedented event.

In 1986 he made his commercial debut in the West End, with the biographical work of Alan Turing Breaking the Code, and later acted in Ricardo II and Ricardo III. He continued to work on television and film works, such as Inside the Third Reich (as Hitler), Little Dorrit and Enrique V.

In the 90s he continued on stage with Kean, Becket and Macbeth, productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1995 and 1996, as Laurence Olivier did at the time, he was artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theaters during two triumphant seasons, and also worked there as an actor (Uncle Vania). He also filmed thirteen episodes of Cadfael and a television version of Breaking the Code.

In the cinema, his performances in Morir yet, Hamlet, Love is the Devil (biographical film about the painter Francis Bacon), Gladiator, Underworld: Evolution, The King’s Speech or My Week with Marilyn are worth mentioning. < / p>

Jacobi signing autographs after his performance at Twelfth Night, in London, 2009.

In 1985 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the British Monarchy. A few years later, in 1989, he was appointed Knight of the 1st Class of the Order of Dannebrog (Kingdom of Denmark). In 1994 he was named Knight Bachelor again by the British Monarchy.

Regarding his personal life, Jacobi is openly homosexual. His partner for decades has been Richard Clifford, with whom he strengthened their relationship in 2006. Both live north of London.

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