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In 1957, when playing Hamlet in a school production staged at the Edinburgh Festival, Derek Jacobi was approached by a 20th Century Fox agent interested in signing him. Ultimately, it was decided that Jacobi was too young, but an acting career was under way.

Born Oct. 22, 1938, in London, Jacobi attended Cambridge University, where he developed his acting talents along with classmates Ian McKellen and Trevor Nunn. He soon caught the attention of Laurence Olivier, who invited him to become one of the founding members of the National Theatre. Appearing in countless stage productions over the years, Jacobi has also made his mark on the big and small screens -- most notably in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, Hamlet and Dead Again and the TV miniseries I, Claudius (in which he played the title role).

More recent films include Gladiator, Gosford Park, Nanny McPhee and Underworld: Evolution (2006).

Derek Jacobi in Cinderella

Cinderella

2015 PG

In this live-action retelling of Disney's animated classic, young Ella escapes from a life of drudgery by way of a fairy godmother whose magic brings Ella face-to-face with the prince of her dreams.

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  • Derek Jacobi in Hamlet: Special Edition Hamlet: Special Edition
  • Derek Jacobi in Grace of Monaco Grace of Monaco
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  • Derek Jacobi in Cadfael: The Devil's Novice Cadfael: The Devil's Novice
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  • Derek Jacobi in My Week with Marilyn My Week with Marilyn
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  • Derek Jacobi in Cadfael: The Sanctuary Sparrow Cadfael: The Sanctuary Sparrow
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  • Derek Jacobi in The Day of the Jackal The Day of the Jackal
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  • Derek Jacobi in Joe Maddison's War Joe Maddison's War
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  • Derek Jacobi in Cadfael: One Corpse Too Many Cadfael: One Corpse Too Many
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  • Derek Jacobi in Cadfael: The Rose Rent Cadfael: The Rose Rent
  • Derek Jacobi in Cadfael: The Pilgrim of Hate Cadfael: The Pilgrim of Hate
  • Derek Jacobi in Cadfael: The Potter's Field Cadfael: The Potter's Field
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  • Derek Jacobi in Nanny McPhee Nanny McPhee
  • Derek Jacobi in There Be Dragons There Be Dragons
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  • Derek Jacobi in The Old Curiosity Shop The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Derek Jacobi in Effie Gray Effie Gray
  • Derek Jacobi in Three Sisters Three Sisters
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  • Derek Jacobi in Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet Shakespeare Tragedies: Hamlet
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  • Derek Jacobi in The Best of Boys in Love The Best of Boys in Love
  • Derek Jacobi in The Wyvern Mystery The Wyvern Mystery
  • Derek Jacobi in Revelation Revelation
  • Derek Jacobi in Strings Strings
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  • Derek Jacobi in Vicious Vicious
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  • Derek Jacobi in The Strauss Family The Strauss Family
  • Derek Jacobi in The Pallisers The Pallisers
  • Derek Jacobi in Richard II Richard II
  • Derek Jacobi in The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Derek Jacobi in Circles of Deceit Circles of Deceit
  • Derek Jacobi in Jason and the Argonauts Jason and the Argonauts
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  • Derek Jacobi in Revengers Tragedy Revengers Tragedy
  • Derek Jacobi in Mist: The Story of a Sheepdog Puppy Mist: The Story of a Sheepdog Puppy
  • Derek Jacobi in The Riddle The Riddle
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