Derek Jacobi

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Sir Derek Jacobi
Sir Derek Jacobi (born 1938) is an English actor. He was born in Leytonstone and studied history at St John's College, Cambridge. A fellow Cambridge student, Ian McKellen had an "undeclared and unrequited" crush on him[1]

Derek Jacobi was a founder member of the Royal National Theatre and has wone several prestigious theatre awards. He is also noted for the title roles in the TV series I, Claudius (which won him a BAFTA) and Cadfael. In 1986 he starred in Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore, with the role of Alan Turing, which was written with Jacobi specifically in mind.

In March 2006, four months after civil partnerships were introduced in the United Kingdom, Jacobi registered his civil partnership with Richard Clifford.[2] They live in Primrose Hill, north London.[3]


  1. "The knight's crusade: playing the wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings may make Sir Ian McKellen the world's best-known gay man. And he's armed and ready to carry the fight for equality along with him. (Cover Story)
  2. "The pink list 2007: The IoS annual celebration of the great and the gay", Independent on Sunday, 6 May 2007
  3. "I don't mind people having faith"