Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was born in Dublin. He studied at Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalen College in Oxford where he was an exceptional classical scholar. In 1878 he won the Newdigate Prize for his poem Ravenna. He published his first volume of Poems in 1882. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was published in 1891. A renowned playwright, his work includes the comic masterpieces Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Sir Derek Jacobi won a Tony in 1985 for Much Ado About Nothing and was Tony-nominated in 1988 for Breaking the Code. His voicework includes narration for The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, Manor House, and Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka. He was awarded CBE in 1985 and was knighted in 1994.