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Judi Dench
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Born Judith Olivia Dench
December 9 1934 (1934-12-09) (age 82)
York, Yorkshire, England
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1957–present

Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH DBE FRSA (born 9 December 1934) is an English film, stage and television actress, occasional singer and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she played in several of Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She branched into film work, and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer; however, most of her work during this period was in theatre. Not generally known as a singer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.

Over the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In television, she achieved success during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984 and in 1992 began a continuing role in the television romantic comedy series As Time Goes By. Her film appearances were infrequent until she was cast as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films through to Skyfall (2012). She received several notable film awards for her role as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such films as Shakespeare in Love (1998), receiving the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006), and the television production The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001).

Dench has received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include eleven BAFTAs, (including the Bafta Fellowship in 2001) seven Laurence Olivier Awards, (including the Society's Special Award) two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). In 1988, she was made a Dame for services to the performing arts by Queen Elizabeth II. She was married to actor Michael Williams from 1971 until his death in 2001. They are the parents of actress Finty Williams.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role
1995 GoldenEye M
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies M
1999 The World Is Not Enough M
2002 Die Another Day M
2006 Casino Royale M
2008 Quantum of Solace M
2012 Skyfall M
2015 Spectre Posthumous M

External links

Judi Dench films

GoldenEye (1995)  · Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)  · The World Is Not Enough (1999)  · Die Another Day (2002)  · Casino Royale (2006)  · Quantum of Solace (2008)  · Skyfall (2012)  · Spectre (2015)  ·

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