Derek Jacobi Celebrities Forced To Put On An Act On Graham Norton Show

Derek Jacobi: Celebrities forced to ''put on an act'' on Graham Norton Show

Derek Jacobi: Celebrities forced to ''put on an act'' on Graham Norton Show

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Celebrities have to put on some kind of act if they appear on talk shows like The Graham Norton Show, according to Last Tango in Halifax star Sir Derek Jacobi.

The 76-year-old star, one of Britain”s most celebrated thespians, expressed his irritation at being called a “celebrity” rather than an actor in a recent interveiw.

And Jacobi admitted he would probably refuse to appear on Graham Norton”s hit chat show.

This comes just after the host extended his multi-million pound contract with the BBC.

The Vicious star told Radio Times: "I haven’t yet been asked to be on The Graham Norton Show, but I don’t think I could do it. You have to perform, you have to have a kind of act, you have to be able to tell stories and jokes and all that carry-on. You know, I’d rather do almost anything than do that…”

BBCDerek Jacobi in Last Tango In Halifax

The well-established actor is known for his long and illustrious career in classic theatre as well as high-profile screen roles before being offered the part of Alan Buttershow in Sally Wainwright”s acclaimed Last Tango in Halifax.

Starring alongside Anne Reid, few people expected the drama about the pensioners to take off, let alone receive record viewings.

But still Jacobi doesn”t see himself as a big star.

He added: “I don’t even like watching myself on TV.

“I didn’t see Claudius till about ten years after we’d done it. I hate the way I look and what I’m doing. I won’t watch Tango till we’ve finished it.

BBCDerek Jacobi won”t watch his show until it”s over 

"I will watch it one day – probably in my extreme old age when I can’t move or speak."

And a recent fall while on holiday last year with his partner Richard Clifford has made filming the new series of Last Tango in Halifax a struggle after he ruptured the quadriceps tendons on both knees.

But it still won”t dull his fondness for the viewers” favourite drama.

He said: “The great thing about Tango is that it’s not just two people in their 70s meeting up again – it’s two people in their 70s in a lovely and sexual relationship, really getting on in there.

“And nobody kind of turned a hair. It proved that old people can be as attractive and exciting and fun to be with as the kids.” 

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