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Derek Hockridge (1934–2013) was a British translator, teacher, lecturer, and occasional actor, who was perhaps best known for his translations of the Asterix comic book series.

Born in Wales and brought up in Birmingham, he completed a degree in French at the University of Wales, Cardiff, which was followed by teacher training at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Subsequently, he was a French teacher at Manchester Grammar School, then a lecturer at Leicester Polytechnic. During this time, with Anthea Bell, he translated the Asterix comic books, which were written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.[1]

An Equity member for many years, he appeared in the television series Crown Court, in which he played the clerk of the court,[2] and also featured in minor parts in Brideshead Revisited[3] and The Jewel in the Crown.

He retired to Swanage, Dorset, and died on 8 August 2013.[4]


  1. ^ Asterix and the Goths, Orion Publishing Group, 2004. ISBN 0-7528-6615-X
  2. ^ "Crown Court Wise Child (1973 with Nigel Havers, Derek Griffiths)". Memorable TV. 1973-04-06. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
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  4. ^ "DEREK JOHN HOCKRIDGE (From Bournemouth Echo)". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-25.