Derek Godfrey

Derek Godfrey (3 June 1924 – 18 June 1983) was an English actor, associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1960, who also appeared in several films and BBC television dramatisations during the 1960s and 1970s.[1]

Born in London, he performed with the Old Vic from 1956 where he played the roles of Iachimo and Enobarbus.[2] With the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1960, he performed as Orsino, Hector, Petruchio and Malvolio.[2] According to The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, Godfrey "[w]ith his fine voice and often sardonic appearance...was a loyal company actor who revealed an intuitive grasp of the dark characters in Jacobean plays".[3]

He created the role of Jack Gurney in Peter Barnes's play The Ruling Class.[1] He also appeared in a number of films such as Hands of the Ripper and The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and the BBC television dramas The Pallisers (as Robert Kennedy), Warship (as Captain Edward Holt) and Nicholas Nickleby (1977, as Ralph Nickleby).[1]


Derek Godfrey was married to Australian-born actress Diana Fairfax; the couple had two daughters, Jules and Pippa.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1962 Guns of Darkness Hernandez
1968 The Vengeance of She Men-Hari
1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream Theseus
1970 Julius Caesar Decius Brutus
1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes Crow
1971 Hands of the Ripper Dysart
1977 Jesus of Nazareth Elihu TV Mini-Series


  1. ^ a b c d Derek Godfrey on IMDb
  2. ^ a b Michael Dobson, Stanley W. Wells. Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Oxford University Press, 2001
  3. ^ Dobson & Wells (2001):p. 167

External linksEdit

Derek Godfrey on IMDb