Sir Derek Jacobi

Derek George Jacobi wurde am 22. Oktober 1938 in East London geboren. Sein Vater war Manager, seine Mutter Sekretärin. Jacobi beschreibt seine frühe Kindheit als glücklich, obwohl sein Vater im Krieg war und seine Mutter arbeiten gehen mußte. Schon als Kind interessierte er sich sehr für das Theater.

In Cambridge trat er dem 'Amateur Dramatic Club' und der 'Marlowe Society' bei, in der er unter anderem auch die Tittelrolle in "Edward II" spielte.
Nach Abschluß seines Studiums wurde er am 'Birmingham Repertory Theatre' angenommen.
Dort blieb er mehrere Jahre bis Sir Laurence Olivier ihm eine Stelle am 'Chichester Festival Theatre' anbot.

Edward II

1963 trat er Oliviers neugeründeter 'National Theatre Company' bei. Dort blieb er neun Jahre und spielte Rollen wie den Laertes in "Hamlet" (sein Londoner Debüt), Cassio in "Othello", Prosorov in "The Three Sisters" und Simon Bliss in "Hay Fever" unter der Regie von Noel Coward. Er verließ die 'National Theatre Company' 1971 und ging zurück zum 'Birmingham Repertory Theatre'.

1977 erreichte er internationale Anerkennung als "Hamlet" und tourte durch England, Ägypten, Schweden, Finnland, Japan und China. Von 1980 bis 1994 spielte er in verschiedenen Theatern Englands und am Broadway.

Ich, Claudius

In Film und Fernsehen spielte er so verschiedene Charaktere wie Adolf Hitler, Kaiser Claudius, Dom Claude Frollo (Der Glöckner von Notre Dame) und natürlich Bruder Cadfael. Andere Filme sind "The Day of the Jackal", "The Odessa File", "Enigma", "Henry V", "Little Dorrit", und den Claudius in Kenneth Branaghs "Hamlet".

Im Film “Gladiator” spielte er die Rolle des Senators Gracchus.


  • 1957-1960 - Cambridge University: Hamlet,
    Edward II, Henry IV (Prince Hal)
  • 1960-1963 - Birmingham Repertoire Theatre: One Way Pendulum, She Stoops to Conquer, Look Back in Anger (Jimmy), Man for all Seasons (Henry VIII), Troilus & Cressida (Troilus), Henry VIII (Henry)
  • 1963 - Chichester Festival Theatre: St. Joan (Brother Martin), Workhouse Donkey, National Theatre of Great Britain (the old Vic), Hamlet (Laertes), The Recruiting Officer (Mr. Worthy)
  • 1964 - Othello (Cassio), Hay Fever (Simon Bliss), The Royal Hunt of the Sun (Felippillo), Andora (Fedri), The Master Builder (Ragnar)
  • 1965 - Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), Love for Love (Tattle), Tralawny of the "Wells" (Captain de Foenix)
  • 1966 - Black Comedy (Brindsley Miller), The Three Sisters (Tusenbach)
  • 1967 - As You Like It (Touchstone), Tartuffe (guard), A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion
  • 1968 - Love's Labour's Lost (King of Navarre), Macrune's Guevara (Edward Hotel), Back to Methuselah (Adam), The Advertisement, Edward II (Coventry)
  • 1969 - The White Devil (Lodovico), The Beaux Strategem
  • 1970 - The Merchant of Venice (Gratiano), The Idiot (Myshkin)
  • 1971 - Woman Killed with Kindness (Sir Charles Mountford), Electra (Orestes)-Greenwich Theatre, London
  • 1972 - Birmingham Repertoire Theatre: Oedipus Rex (Oedipus) and The Critic (Mr. Puff) in a double bill, Prospect Theatre Company: Ivanov, Richard III (Buckingham)
  • 1973 - The Grand Tour, Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Pericles
  • 1974 - A Month in the Country (Rakitin)
    1975 - Hobson's Choice (Will Mossop)-Guildford, Prospect Theatre Company: A Room with a View (Cecil Vyse), A Month in the Country (Rakitin)
  • 1977 - Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatria (Octavian)
  • 1978 - The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet, The Grand Tour, The Lady's Not for Burning, Ivanov
  • 1979 - Hamlet (world tour)
  • 1980 - The Suicide (Semyon), in New York (ANTA theatre)
  • 1982-1985 - Royal Shakespeare Company: Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), The Tempest (Prospero), Peer Gynt, Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 1986-1988 - Breaking the Code (London Haymarket and New York)
  • 1988 - Richard II (at the Phoenix Theatre)
  • 1989 - Richard III (at the Phoenix, repertoire with Richard II), Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (U.S. tour)
  • 1990 - Kean (the Old Vic)
  • 1991 - Becket (the Haymarket)
  • 1992 - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know (Ambassadors, London), Breaking the Code: British tour
  • 1993 - Macbeth (with the Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • 1995 - Chichester Festival Theatre: (Artistic Director), Hadrian VII, Playing the Wife
  • 1996 - Love for Love, Uncle Vanya
  • 2000 - Uncle Vanya, God Only Knows (British Tour)
  • 2001 - God Only Knows (London's West End)


  • 1965 - Othello
  • 1968 - Interlude
  • 1970 - The Three Sisters
  • 1973 - Day of the Jackal, Blue Blood
  • 1974 - The Odessa File
  • 1978 - Medusa Touch
  • 1980 - Man Who Went up in Smoke,
    Charlotte, The Human Factor
  • 1982 - The Secret of NIMH, Enigma
  • 1987 - Little Dorrit
  • 1989 - Henry V
  • 1990 - The Fool
  • 1991 - Dead Again
  • 1996 - Hamlet
  • 1998 - Love is the Devil
  • 2000 - Gladiator, Up at the VillaSenators Gracchus.


  • 1961 - She Stoops to Conquer,
  • 1967 - Much Ado About Nothing
  • 1972 - Budgie, Man of Straw
  • 1973 - The Strauss Family, Affairs of the Heart, Markheim
  • 1975 - The Pallisers
  • 1976 - I, Claudius
  • 1977 - Philby, Burgess, and MacLean
  • 1978 - BBC Richard II
  • 1979 - Minder, Tales of the Unexpected: Skin, Paths of the Future
  • 1980 - BBC Hamlet
  • 1981 - Tales of the Unexpected: Stranger in Town
  • 1982 - Inside the Third Reich (Hitler), Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • 1985 - Cyrano de Bergerac, Mr. Pye
  • 1987 - The Secret Garden
  • 1988 - The Tenth Man, Discovering Hamlet
  • 1989 - Storyteller: The Greek Myths: Daedalus & Icarus
  • 1990 - The Revelation
  • 1991 - In My Defence: E. Zola
  • 1993 - Circle of Deceit, The Vision Thing
  • 1994-1997 - Cadfael
  • 1996 - Breaking the Code, Witness Against Hitler (bit part as Nazi General)
  • 1998 - Basil
  • 1999 - Molokai aka (Father Damien)
  • 2000 - The Wyvern Mystery, Jason and the Argonauts, Victoria Wood's Christmas Show
  • 2001 - FrasierSenators Gracchus.

Preise und Auszeichnungen

Variety Club of Great Britain
Television Personality of the Year
Royal Television Society Award
Press Guild Award
British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA)
(I, Claudius)
Olivier for Best Actor (Nomination) for "Hamlet"
Olivier for Best Actor (Nomination) for "Ivanov"
Tony (Nomination)
(The Suicide)
Danish Knighthood
Emmy (Nomination)
(Inside the Third Reich)
Plays and Players Award for Best Actor 
Lawrence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year
(Cyrano de Bergerac)
Evening Standard Award
Drama Award 
(Cyrano de Bergerac. Much Ado About Nothing,
Peer Gynt & the Tempest) (1983)
British CBE
(Commander of the British Empire)
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Drama
(Much Ado About Nothing)
Drama League of New York Distinguished
Performance Award
George Morton TV Personality Award
(Mr. Pye and I, Claudius)
Cambridge University Honorary Fellowship
Tony (Nomination)
Drama Desk Award (Nomination)
(Breaking the Code)
Evening Standard Award for Best Actor
(Little Dorrit)
Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (Nomination)
(The Tenth Man)
British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA)
(Dead Again)
British KBE 
(Knight of the British Empire)
International Television Award for Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA)
Monaco International Television Festival (Nymph D'Argent)
(Nomination for Best Actor)
(Breaking the Code)
Shakespeare Guild's Sir John Gielgud Award
for excellence in the Dramatic Arts
Hamburg Shakespeare Prize 
Edinburg Festival Award - Best Actor
Golden Satellite (Nomination)
(Love is the Devil)
Talkies Award for Performer of the Year 
(audio books)
Evening Standard Award for Best Actor
(Love is the Devil)
Outer Critics Circle Award
Drama Desk (Nomination)
(Uncle Vanya)
Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

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