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: 12/09/1934 in York, England, GB


Actor (75)

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children 2016 (Movie)

Miss Avocet (Actor)

Tulip Fever 2016 (Movie)

The Abbess of St. Ursula (Actor)

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


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2015 (Movie)

Evelyn Greenslade (Actor)

Philomena 2013 (Movie)

Philomena (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)


Skyfall 2012 (Movie)

M (Actor)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

Mary (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)


Nine 2009 (Movie)

Lilli (Actor)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

Mona Carvell (Actor)

Cranford 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


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)


Bugs! 2003 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Die Another Day 2002 (Movie)

M (Actor)

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


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


Langrishe, Go Down 2002 (Movie)

Imogen Langrishe (Actor)

The Importance of Being Earnest 2002 (Movie)

Lady Bracknell (Actor)

Angelina Ballerina 2001 (TV Show)


Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


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)


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


The Last of the Blonde Bombshells 2000 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

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


Tea With Mussolini 1999 (Movie)

Arabella (Actor)

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


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)


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)


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)


Can You Hear Me Thinking? (TV Show)


Love in a Cold Climate (TV Show)


The Cherry Orchard (TV Show)


The Comedy of Errors (TV Show)

Director (1)

Look Back in Anger 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)



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.


Jeffrey Dench Actor

Born in 1928

Reginald Dench

Met Judi's mother while studying medicine at Trinity College

Eleanora Dench

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

Michael Williams Actor

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

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


The Mount School


University of London

Attended the University's Central School of Speech and Drama



Co-starred in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"


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


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


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")


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


Played Dame Sybil Thorndike in "My Week with Marilyn"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Breakthrough screen role in "Four in the Morning"


Made feature film debut in "The Third Secret"


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


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


Made New York debut as Katherine in "Henry V"


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


Became a member of the Old Vic Company in London


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

Bonus Trivia


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


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


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.


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