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He’s been in everything from Doctor Who and Gosford Park to Vicious and Gladiator. As he celebrates his 79th birthday, though, Sir Derek Jacobi has no intention of putting his feet up, and his new film, Murder on the Orient Express, reunites him with old pal and director Kenneth Branagh. He tells Gay Times about awards, marriage and the secrets of a happy life…


In a cabinet at his home in Hampstead, Sir Derek Jacobi has a collection of trophies that would turn Meryl Streep green with envy. His accoutrement of Tony, Emmy and BAFTA awards is impressive by anybody’s standards, and when Derek speaks of them, his voice lowers to a hushed register as if he’s not quite sure what to make of them. “I suppose they’re symbols of stages of my career, in which I was very lucky to be considered good enough to be given a prize,” he tells us, “but I don’t set too much stall by them. They’re really markers of distance travelled.”

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