When it aired on BBC Two in 1976, the critically beloved “I, Claudius” created an uproar with its violence, nudity and sex. The series was a breakout role for star Derek Jacobi, who played the stuttering Claudius, whom no one thought could ever become emperor of Rome but did.
The Bafta and Emmy nominee contributed to more than five decades of television and film including “Rumpole of the Bailey,” telepic “Skokie” and 1989 feature horror-mystery “The Woman in Black.”
In a statement Friday, the Directors Guild of America said, “Herbie was an important figure in the golden age of British television whose wide influence and impressive list of miniseries and movies for television impacted directors and audiences around the world. … Herbie was a strong voice for directors in the U.K.