Derek was born in London and from an early age was fascinated with film and TV. He would regularly entertain friends and family with his impersonations of famous actors of the day. He attended a local theatre school later in his teens.
Derek was fortunate enough to meet the stage and screen actor Sir Nigel Hawthorne, who was a close neighbour and friend, and encouraged him to think about working within the acting profession and generously agreed to sponsor his application to join British Actor's Equity.
Derek worked on the first Star Wars film, 'A New Hope' in 1976 - this was in fact his first job within the film business. He was chosen to appear as a Medal Bearer and Massassi Guard at the end of the film.
Peter - BBC Executive
Hotel Bellhop (uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Temple Guard / Medal Bearer (uncredited)
Death Wish 3
Argonian Citizen (uncredited)