Judi Dench

Actor, Director
A distinguished talent widely recognized as one of Great Britain's greatest modern actresses, Dame Judi Dench spent much of her career concentrating on stage and television in her native England. From her early years ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1934 in York, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (73)

2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

Evelyn Greenslade (Actor)

Tulip Fever 2014 (Movie)

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Philomena 2013 (Movie)

Philomena (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(Friend Request Pending) (Actor)

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2012 (Movie)

Evelyn Greenslade (Actor)

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Anne Hoover (Actor)

Jane Eyre 2011 (Movie)

Mrs Fairfax (Actor)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

Dame Sybil Thorndike (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 (Movie)

Society Lady (Actor)

Return to Cranford 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Nine 2009 (Movie)

Lilli (Actor)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

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Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Doogal 2006 (Movie)

Voice of the Narrator (Actor)

Notes on a Scandal 2006 (Movie)

Barbara Covett (Actor)

Ladies in Lavender 2005 (Movie)

Ursula Widdington (Actor)

Mrs. Henderson Presents 2005 (Movie)

Laura Henderson (Actor)

Pride & Prejudice 2005 (Movie)

Lady Catherine de Bourg (Actor)

Home on the Range 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Mrs. Caloway (Actor)

The Chronicles of Riddick 2004 (Movie)

Aereon (Actor)

The Chronicles of Riddick: The Lowdown 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Bugs! 2003 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Iris Murdoch: Strange Love 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

J.R.R.T.: A Portrait of Tolkien 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Langrishe, Go Down 2002 (Movie)

Imogen Langrishe (Actor)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

Lady Bracknell (Actor)

Angelina Ballerina 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Iris 2001 (Movie)

Iris Murdoch (Actor)

The Shipping News 2001 (Movie)

Agnis Hamm (Actor)

Chocolat 2000 (Movie)

Armande Voizin (Actor)

Ghosts 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Tea With Mussolini 1999 (Movie)

Arabella (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The World Is Not Enough 1999 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Mrs. Brown 1997 (Movie)

Queen Victoria (Actor)

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Hamlet 1996 (Movie)

Hecuba (Actor)

Jack and Sarah 1996 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Henry V 1989 (Movie)

Mistress Quickly (Actor)

A Handful of Dust 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Beaver (Actor)

84 Charing Cross Road 1987 (Movie)

Nora Doel (Actor)

Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

A Room With A View 1986 (Movie)

Miss Eleanor Lavish (Actor)

The Angelic Conversation 1985 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Wetherby 1985 (Movie)

Marcia Pilborough (Actor)

Saigon - Year of the Cat 1982 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Nela 1979 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Dead Cert 1973 (Movie)

Laura Davidson (Actor)

Luther 1973 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1969 (Movie)

Titania (Actor)

He Who Rides A Tiger 1966 (Movie)

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A Study in Terror 1964 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Four in the Morning 1964 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

The Third Secret 1963 (Movie)

Miss Humphries (Actor)

Absolute Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Can You Hear Me Thinking? (TV Show)

Actor

Love in a Cold Climate (TV Show)

Actor

The Cherry Orchard (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy of Errors (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Look Back in Anger 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

A distinguished talent widely recognized as one of Great Britain's greatest modern actresses, Dame Judi Dench spent much of her career concentrating on stage and television in her native England. From her early years with the Old Vic Theater Company in London, Dench proved a commanding stage performer in both classic drama and musical comedy, and at the same time, was known by non-theatergoers for starring roles on the British comedy series "As Time Goes By" (BBC, 1992-2005) and "A Fine Romance" (1981-84). It was not until Dench hit her fifties that she began finding film roles that enabled international audiences the opportunity to appreciate her commanding gifts. Dench was one of the most frequently nominated actresses in Academy Award history, earning a statue for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and nominations for a wide range of screen performances in "Chocolat" (2000), "Iris" (2001) and "Notes on a Scandal" (2006). A national treasure, Dench was honored by the British government with the title of Dame Commander of the British Army, and her homeland recognized her outstanding contributions to British Theater with a Laurence Olivier Award - officially proving that Dame Judi Dench was what critics had claimed for years: the modern, female equivalent of Sir Laurence Olivier, both onscreen and under the bright glare of the footlights.

Relationships

Jeffrey Dench Actor

Brother
Born in 1928

Reginald Dench

Father
Met Judi's mother while studying medicine at Trinity College

Eleanora Dench

Mother
Met Judi's father while he was studying medicine at Trinity College

Michael Williams Actor

Husband
Married Feb. 5, 1971 until Williams' death from lung cancer on Jan. 11, 2001 Co-starred on the British sitcom "A Fine Romance" (PBS, 1981-84) and in the film "Henry V" (1989)

Finty Williams Actor

Daughter
Born Tara Cressida Williams on Sept. 24, 1972; father, Michael Williams Acted together in "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown" (1997)

EDUCATION

The Mount School

York

University of London

Attended the University's Central School of Speech and Drama

Milestones

2012

Co-starred in the ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

2012

Reprised character of M opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in "Skyfall"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("Return to Cranford")

2011

Played Dame Sybil Thorndike in "My Week with Marilyn"

2011

Cast as the title character's mother in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

2011

Made a cameo in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

2010

Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("Return to Cranford")

2010

Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Return to Cranford"

2009

Played Daniel Day-Lewis' confidant and costume designer in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play, "Nine"

2008

Reprised her role as M for the 22nd Bond adventure "Quantum Of Solace"; second collaboration with Craig as Bond

2008

Co-starred in the BBC One five-part series "Cranford" (aired on PBS in the US); earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries

2006

Played a London schoolteacher opposite Cate Blanchett in Richard Eyre's "Notes on a Scandal"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Lead Actress

2006

Reprised her role as M for "Casino Royale" opposite Daniel Craig in his first film as James Bond

2005

Portrayed Laura Henderson in the Stephen Frears directed "Mrs. Henderson Presents"; received Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Lead Actress

2005

Cast as Lady Catherine de Bourg in Joe Wright's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic "Pride and Prejudice"

2002

Played Lady Bracknell in Oliver Parker's remake of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

2002

Reprised role of M for "Die Another Day"; final collaboration with Pierce Brosnan as Bond

2002

Co-starred with Maggie Smith in David Hare's West End play "The Breath Of Life"

2001

Re-teamed with director Lasse Hallstrom for "The Shipping News" playing Kevin Spacey's aunt

2001

Portrayed Irish novelist Iris Murdoch in her later life (the younger version played by Kate Winslet) in Richard Eyre's "Iris"; earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination

2000

Starred in the HBO original film "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"; received SAG and Emmy nomination for Lead Actress

2000

Featured as a crusty old woman in Lasse Hallstrom's "Chocolat"; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1999

Again reprised role of M for "The World Is Not Enough"; third collaboration with Pierce Brosnan as Bond

1999

Appeared with an ensemble cast in Franco Zeffirelli's "Tea With Mussolini"

1998

Earned critical acclaim and several awards for her brief role as Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love"

1997

Reprised role of M in "Tomorrow Never Dies"; second collaboration with Brosnan as Bond

1997

First leading role in a feature, portraying Queen Victoria in "Mrs. Brown"; earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1997

Starred in David Hare's London play "Amy's View"; production moved to Broadway in 1999

1996

Made cameo appearance as Hecuba in Kenneth Branagh's full-length film of "Hamlet"

1995

Took over the role of M in "GoldenEye" opposite Pierce Brosnan in his first film as James Bond

1992

Co-starred with Geoffrey Palmer in the British sitcom "As Time Goes By"

1989

Stage directing debut "Look Back in Anger" for Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theater Company; also starred with Branagh and Emma Thompson (aired on Bravo in 1993)

1989

Played Gertrude, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role of "Hamlet" at the National Theatre

1989

Directed by Branagh's for the stage production of "Henry V"

1987

Portrayed Cleopatra in an acclaimed stage production of "Antony and Cleopatra" at The National Theatre

1987

Co-starred with Ian Holm in the British adaptation of Noel Coward's "Mr. and Mrs Edgehill"

1986

Featured as Miss Eleanor Lavish in the Merchant-Ivory film "A Room With a View"

1985

Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in "Wetherby"; written and directed by David Hare

1983

Appeared in the British TV production "Saigon: Year of the Cat"; directed by Stephen Frears and written by David Hare

1983

Originated the role of Barbara in the West End production of "Pack of Lies"

1982

Won critical praise for her stage role as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1981

Appeared opposite her husband Michael Williams in the British comedy series "A Fine Romance"; also performed the series' theme song

1978

Played one of three spinster sisters, opposite Jeremy Irons in the BBC television film "Langrishe, Go Down"; adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter

1976

Cast opposite Ian McKellen, who played the title role of Nunn's acclaimed production of "Macbeth"

1968

Played Titania in Peter Hall's film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

1968

Won critical praise as Sally Bowles in the London stage version of "Cabaret"

1967

Made TV debut in the BBC's four-part serial "Talking to a Stranger"

1965

Breakthrough screen role in "Four in the Morning"

1964

Made feature film debut in "The Third Secret"

1961

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in "The Cherry Orchard"; first collaboration with Ian Holm

1960

Portrayed the female lead in Old Vic Company's production of "Romeo and Juliet"

1958

Made New York debut as Katherine in "Henry V"

1957

Played the Virgin Mary in the revival of the York Mystery Plays; appeared with her father and older brother

1957

London stage debut as Ophelia in "Hamlet" at the Old Vic

1957

Became a member of the Old Vic Company in London

Bonus Trivia

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Dench was awarded an honorary doctor of letters from Warwick University in 1978 and from York University in 1983.

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Dench was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 1980 and made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988.

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In 1981, Dench was due to play the title role of Grizabella in the original production of "Cats," but was forced to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Elaine Paige to play the role.

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In 1996, Dench became the first performer to win two Laurence Olivier Awards in a single year.

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"Once you've done a film performance, it's like a butterfly – somebody's taken you and pinned you to that thing, and although it can look very pretty and you can appreciate it, it doesn't change. And I think change is kind of the essence of what we do, of how you get near to something, near what the author wants you to say." – Dench quoted in Buzz Weekly, July 25-31, 1997

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"I don't like filming very much, I've turned down a lot more film work than I've actually done. I don't enjoy the process. What I like about theater is rehearsing, getting an audience in and trying to get it right. With filming, you get one chance and then it's like some dead thing, crystallized forever." – Dench to The Los Angeles Times, July 27, 1997

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"Playing M [in the James Bond films] is the closest to glamour I've ever got." – Dench to the New York Post, July 14, 1997

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"When you talk about Judi, you unpack a suitcase full of superlatives. She's sort of diffident. There's not a trace of self-advertisement about her. She's genuinely modest. But in my view she is our greatest actress." – director Richard Eyre to The New York Times, July 13, 1997

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"It's too ephemeral to say that theatre's a spiritual thing, but that's what it can be. It has something to do with the spirit of the people – with communication. And the audience plays a totally vital part in it. They make it different every night, not us. If that wasn't the case I'd just stay home." – Dench quoted in the Sunday edition of The London Times, June 8, 1997

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"Judi doesn't perform. She just is. There's not an atom of ostentation about her. She's not just one of the most generous actresses, but actually just about the most generous, good-hearted person I know." – director Richard Eyre to The London Times, Oct. 28, 2001

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"I would be put right off if I was coming into the profession now. I wouldn't like it at all." – Dench on acting to Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 19, 2007

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