Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE (born October 22, 1938) is an English actor and stage director, known for a significant career in Shakespearean theater, television, and cinema. He was a founder of London's Royal National Theater, and received or was nominated for many Laurence Olivier Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards between 1980 and 2000. He was mentored by Laurence Olivier himself in the 1960's. His prominent TV debut was BBC's I, Claudius (1976), which also starred John Rhys-Davies, Brian Blessed, and Christopher Guard.

For his success he was granted British and Danish knighthoods in 1985 and 1989.[1]

In addition to Homer's Iliad, C.S. Lewis' The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and 90 other works, Jacobi has narrated all of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic short stories, as well as Letters from Father Christmas, for audiobooks distributed by HarperCollins Publishers. A collection of the short stories was released to CD as The Tolkien Treasury in 2005.

Jacobi portrays the character of Professor Wright in Dome Karukoski's biopic Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult, released May 10, 2019.

He resides in Primrose Hill, North London with his partner Richard Clifford.




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