Derek Jacobi biography

Derek Jacobi

Actor, Theater Actor

1938 –


Who is Derek Jacobi?

Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE is an English actor and stage director.

A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such stage productions as Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Oedipus the King. He has twice been awarded a Laurence Olivier Award, first for his performance of the eponymous hero in Cyrano de Bergerac in 1983 and the second for his Malvolio in Twelfth Night in 2009. He also received a Tony Award for his performance in Much Ado About Nothing in 1984 and a Primetime Emmy Award in 1988 for the Tenth Man. His stage work includes playing Octavius Caesar, Edward II, Richard III, and Thomas Becket.

In addition to being a founder member of the Royal National Theatre and winning several prestigious theatre awards, Jacobi has also enjoyed a successful television career, starring in the critically praisedadaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius, for which he won a BAFTA; in the titular role in the acclaimed medieval drama series Cadfael, and as Stanley Baldwin in The Gathering Storm.


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Oct 22, 1938
Also known as
  • Derek George Jacobi
  • Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Sir Derek George Jacobi
  • Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE
  • English people
  • United Kingdom
  • St John's College, Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge

on July 23, 2013