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  • Derek Jacobi

    Born on October 22, 1938 in Leytonstone, London, England

awards & nominations

Last Tango in Halifax (2012)

Derek Jacobi as "Alan Buttershaw"

This romantic comedy involves Alan Buttershaw and Celia Dawson, two 70-something widowed people. After their respective grandsons put their profiles on a popular social-networking site, the two rediscover feelings for each other similar to the ones they had many decades earlier as teenagers. Their relationship is a celebration of the power of love at any age, but it comes with obstacles -- namely their families. Alan's daughter, Gillian, and Celia's daughter, Caroline, are polar opposites and, while neither would ever think about getting in the way of her parent's happiness, the situation is a bit disconcerting.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013) Nominated Leading Actor

The King's Speech (2010)

Derek Jacobi as "Archbishop Cosmo Lang"

England's Prince Albert (Colin Firth) must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) hires Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordinary friendship develops between the two men, as Logue uses unconventional means to teach the monarch how to speak with confidence.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2010) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Gosford Park (2001)

Derek Jacobi as "Probert"

Robert Altman, one of America's most distinctive filmmakers, journeys to England for the first time to create a unique film mosaic with an outstanding ensemble cast. Set in the 1930's, "Gosford Park" brings a group of pretentious rich and famous together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Gladiator (2000)

Derek Jacobi as "Gracchus"

Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. Maximus is then relegated to fighting to the death in the gladiator arenas.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Dead Again (1991)

Derek Jacobi as "Franklyn Madson"

When a mute woman suffering from amnesia (Emma Thompson) arrives at the gates of an old orphanage, private investigator Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) is asked to find out who she is. With the help of a hypnotist (Derek Jacobi), the woman regains her voice and recalls vivid past memories of a couple from the 1940s torn apart by murder. Church begins to develop feelings for the woman, who he calls Grace, and then discovers he has a connection to the tragic couple from the 40s.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991) Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role

The Tenth Man (1988)

Derek Jacobi as "The Imposter"

After willing his estate to another man's family in order to save his own life in a Nazi prison, Chavel (Anthony Hopkins) returns to his erstwhile home in disguise, where he meets Therese (Kristin Scott Thomas), the sister of the man who died in his place. Taking a job as a groundskeeper, he begins to fall in love with her. When a mysterious man (Derek Jacobi) arrives claiming to be Chavel, the real Chavel must discover the man's true identity while preserving his own relationship with Therese.

Emmy (Primetime) (1989) Won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

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