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Tennant, Jacobi share Shakespeare gong

Jan. 27, 2009 at 10:59 PM

LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- David Tennant and Derek Jacobi are this year's co-winners of Britain's Critics' Circle Theatre Award for best Shakespearean actor.

Tennant, a 37-year-old Scottish actor best known for his portrayal of the title character on TV's "Doctor Who," was recognized by the Critics' Circle for his work in the stage production of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Jacobi, a 70-year-old British actor, was honored for his performance in the Bard's "Twelfth Night."

"When I was at drama school, I waited at the stage door of Glasgow Theatre Royal to get Derek Jacobi's autograph, after his breathtaking 'Richard II,'" The Daily Telegraph quoted Tennant as saying as he collected his award Monday night. "I was utterly inspired by that night, so to be sharing a prize for Shakespeare with such an amazing actor means more than I can say."

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