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Derek Jacobi Height, Weight, Age, Husband, Family

Derek Jacobi Quick Info
Height 5 ft 8 in
Weight 70 kg
Date of Birth October 22, 1938
Zodiac Sign Libra
Spouse Richard Clifford

Derek Jacobi is an award-winning English actor who has given memorable performances in popular films like Dead Again (1991), Hamlet (1996), Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), Underworld: Evolution (2006), The King’s Speech (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), etc. Moreover, his most noteworthy television appearance was playing the titular role in the mini series I, Claudius (1976).

Born Name

Derek George Jacobi

Nick Name


Derek Jacobi as seen in 2022
Derek Jacobi as seen in 2022 (Raph_PH / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0 DEED)

Sun Sign


Born Place

Leytonstone, Essex, England, United Kingdom


West Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom





Jacobi was educated at the Leyton County High School for Boys (now called the Leyton Sixth Form College) and was heavily involved in its drama club, The Players of Leyton.

Furthermore, he received a scholarship at 18 to attend St John’s College, University of Cambridge. He graduated from the university with a degree in history in 1960.




  • Father – Alfred George Jacobi (Tobacconist, Owner of a Sweet Shop)
  • Mother – Daisy Gertrude Masters (Secretary)

Net Worth

As of early 2024, Derek Jacobi’s net worth was $8 million according to




5 ft 8 in or 173 cm

His peak height was 5 ft 9½ in or 176.5 cm.


70 kg or 154.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Derek Jacobi has dated –

  1. Richard Clifford (1979-Present) – He began a romantic relationship with the actor and theater director Richard Clifford in 1979. The couple was in a civil partnership for nearly 27 years before deciding to register their civil partnership in March 2006, following the legalization of civil unions in England and Wales. Together, the couple has starred in films like Little Dorrit (1987), Henry V (1989), The Fool (1990), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Jail Caesar (2012), etc.
R. Poslednik, Derek Jacobi, and Jaroslaw Pijarowski as seen in 2018
R. Poslednik, Derek Jacobi, and Jaroslaw Pijarowski as seen in 2018 (Kontrola / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED)

Race / Ethnicity


He has English, 1/8th German, and distant French Huguenot ancestry.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

However, his hair has turned ‘Gray’ due to his advancing age.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Thin lips



Derek Jacobi as seen with director Paul Schoolman in 2007
Derek Jacobi as seen with director Paul Schoolman in 2007 (Nanorsuaq / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED)

Derek Jacobi Facts

  1. He and Daniel Day-Lewis were shortlisted to play the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) before it went to Anthony Hopkins.
  2. Jacobi mentored and served as the acting instructor to Kenneth Branagh. Furthermore, he appeared in numerous films directed by his protégé: Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Hamlet (1996), Cinderella (2015), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), etc.
  3. As of 2024, he and Laurence Olivier are the only 2 actors to be conferred with both a British and Danish Knighthood.
  4. His classmate at the University of Cambridge was actor Ian McKellen. According to McKellen, he had a massive crush on Jacobi that was unprofessed and unrequited.
  5. As of 2024, he has 3 ‘Best Picture’ Oscar-nominated films in his filmography: Gladiator (2000), Gosford Park (2001), and The King’s Speech (2010). Out of them, Gladiator (2000) and The King’s Speech (2010) are the only ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners.
  6. Jacobi and the American actor Christopher Lloyd were born on the same day i.e., October 22, 1938.
  7. He once performed Hamlet at Denmark’s renowned Kronborg Castle, the same castle that is mentioned as Elsinore Castle in Shakespeare’s play about the tragic prince.

Featured Image by Raph_PH / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0 DEED

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