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Judi Dench

Actor, Director Date of birth 9th December 1934
Place of birth York, North Yorkshire, England
Year of debut 1962
First feature film The Cherry Orchard

Awards

  • Academy Awards won1
  • Academy Awards nominated7
  • BAFTA Awards won5
  • BAFTA Awards nominated14
  • Golden Globe Awards won1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated7
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Biography

At 17, Judi Dench began acting in amateur theatre productions. She made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. During the next four decades, she established herself as a Laurence Olivier award-winning theatre performer and a BAFTA award-winning TV actress. In 1995, she gained mainstream appeal as M in GoldenEye. Her status as a national treasure has grown with subsequent movies including Iris and Notes On A Scandal.

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Judi Dench's films

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Packshot for the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
130 Mins
Released
2011

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) sets off on a journey to find the Fountain Of Youth. With Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush. Moderate horror and action-adventure violence.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film Chocolat
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
116 Mins
Released
2000

A small French village is changed forever when a chocolate shop opens. Starring Johnny Depp. Contains scenes of sensuality and some violence.

Rent for £2.49
Packshot for the film J. Edgar
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
140 Mins
Released
2011

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Based on true events. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Infrequent strong language.

Rent for £2.49

Did you know?

  • Judi Dench's first stage appearance was as a snail in a school play.
  • In 1995 she became the first woman to portray M, the character from the James Bond series, in GoldenEye.
  • Her father, Dr. Reginald Dench, introduced her to the theatre. He would take her backstage at York's Theatre Royal as he was the company's GP. She also credits her brother Jeff's school plays as influencing her decision to become an actress.
  • Her daughter, Finty Williams, is also an actress. Mother and daughter have worked together on Mrs. Brown and The Importance Of Being Earnest. They have also both worked on Angelina Ballerina, who Finty voices.
  • She and actress Vanessa Redgrave were in the same class at drama school.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 1998 Actress in a Supporting Role - Shakespeare In Love
  • 7 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2013 Actress - Philomena
    • 2006 Actress in a Leading Role - Notes On A Scandal
    • 2005 Actress in a Leading Role - Mrs. Henderson Presents
    • 2001 Actress in a Leading Role - Iris
    • 2000 Actress in a Supporting Role - Chocolat
    • 1998 Actress in a Supporting Role - Shakespeare In Love
    • 1997 Actress in a Leading Role - Mrs. Brown
  • 5 BAFTA Awards won

    • 2001 Actress in a Leading Role - Iris
    • 1998 Actress in a Supporting Role - Shakespeare In Love
    • 1988 Actress in a Supporting Role - A Handful Of Dust
    • 1986 Actress in a Supporting Role - A Room With A View
    • 1965 Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles - Four In The Morning
  • 14 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2013 Actress in a Leading Role - Philomena
    • 2012 Supporting Actress - My Week With Marilyn
    • 2006 Actress in a Leading Role - Notes On A Scandal
    • 2005 Actress in a Leading Role - Mrs. Henderson Presents
    • 2001 Actress in a Leading Role - Iris
    • 2001 Actress in a Supporting Role - The Shipping News
    • 2000 Actress in a Supporting Role - Chocolat
    • 1998 Actress in a Supporting Role - Shakespeare In Love
    • 1997 Actress in a Leading Role - Mrs. Brown
    • 1988 Actress in a Supporting Role - A Handful Of Dust
    • 1987 Actress in a Supporting Role - 84 Charing Cross Road
    • 1986 Actress in a Supporting Role - A Room With A View
    • 1985 Actress in a Supporting Role - Wetherby
    • 1965 Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles - Four In The Morning
  • 1 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 1998 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Mrs. Brown
  • 7 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2014 Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama - Philomena
    • 2007 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Notes On A Scandal
    • 2006 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Mrs. Henderson Presents
    • 2002 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Iris
    • 2001 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Chocolat
    • 1999 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Shakespeare In Love
    • 1998 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Mrs. Brown