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Judi Dench

Knowledge Identifier: +Judi_Dench


Judi Dench

English film, stage and television actress add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1934.

Countries: United Kingdom (61%), United States (18%), India (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon

Linked to: Royal Shakespeare Company, British Film Institute, Chicago Sun-Times, Birkbeck, University of London




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Judi Dench was born in 1934 add something


During these years, Judi was involved on a non-professional basis in the first three productions of the modern revival of the York Mystery Plays in the 1950s add something


Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company add something


In Simon Curtis' "My Week with Marilyn", which depicts the making of the 1957 film "The Prince and the Showgirl" starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, Dench played late British actress Sybil Thorndike during her work on set of the Laurence Olivier film add something


In 1957, in one of the last productions in which she appeared during this period, she played the role of the Virgin Mary, performed on a fixed stage in the Museum Gardens add something


Laurence Harvey - Harvey appeared twice more on Broadway, in 1957 with Julie Harris, Pamela Brown and Colleen Dewhurst in William Wycherley's "The Country Wife", and as Shakespeare's Henry V in 1959, as part of the Old Vic company, which featured a young Judi Dench as Katherine, the Daughter of the King of France


Eileen Atkins - She appeared as Maggie Clayhanger in all six episodes of Arnold Bennett's "Hilda Lessways" from 15 May to 19 June 1959, produced by the BBC Midlands with Judi Dench and Brian Smith


Peggy Mount - In 1960 she went to London's Old Vic as the Nurse to Judi Dench's Juliet, appearing there in the play "All Things Bright and Beautiful"


She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in December 1961 playing Anya in "The Cherry Orchard" at the Aldwych Theatre in London, and made her Stratford-upon-Avon debut in April 1962 as Isabella in "Measure for Measure" add something


She subsequently spent seasons in repertory both with the Playhouse in Nottingham from January 1963 , and with the Playhouse Company in Oxford from April 1964 add something


In 1968, she was offered the role of Sally Bowles in the musical "Cabaret" add something


Not generally known as a singer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical "Cabaret" in 1968 add something


Peter Sallis - His credits include the first West End production of "Cabaret" opposite Judi Dench in 1968


Dench was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988 add something


Among her roles with the RSC, she was the Duchess in John Webster's "The Duchess of Malfi" in 1971 add something


In 1971, Dench married British actor Michael Williams and they had their only child, Tara Cressida Frances Williams, known professionally as "Finty" Williams, on 24 September 1972 add something


She has made numerous appearances in the West End including the role of Miss Trant in the 1974 musical version of "The Good Companions" at Her Majesty's Theatre add something


In the Stratford 1976 season, and at the Aldwych in 1977, she gave two comedy performances, first in Trevor Nunn's musical staging of "The Comedy of Errors" as Adriana, partnered with Donald Sinden as Beatrice and Benedick in John Barton's "British Raj" revival of "Much Ado About Nothing" add something


One of her most notable achievements with the RSC was her performance as Lady Macbeth in 1976 add something


Trevor Nunn - Nunn directed the RSC production of "Macbeth" starring Ian McKellen in the title role and Dame Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth in 1976


John Woodvine - Woodvine had a long career with the Royal Shakespeare Company, having appeared in 1976 opposite Ian McKellen and Judi Dench as Banquo in the acclaimed Trevor Nunn production of "Macbeth", which was later recorded for television


The production transferred to London, opening at the Donmar Warehouse in September 1977, and was adapted for television, later released on VHS and DVD. Dench won the SWET Best Actress award in 1977 add something


Dench was nominated for a BAFTA for her role as Hazel Wiles in the 1979 BBC drama "On Giant's Shoulders" add something


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 add something


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" add something


Based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play of the same name, she portrayed Lady Bracknell in the film, a role she had repeatedly played before, including a stint at the Royal National Theatre in 1982 add something


Dench's next film was Rob Marshall's musical film "Nine", based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 musical of the same name, which was itself suggested by Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical film "8½" add something


Louis Marks - He has worked with distinguished actors including Anthony Hopkins, Claire Bloom, John Gielgud, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael Gambon, Judi Dench and Ben Kingsley on the adaptation of another George Eliot work "Silas Marner" in 1986


Natasha Richardson - She starred with Judi Dench, Michael_Gambon and Kenneth Branagh in a 1987 & BBC adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen play "Ghosts"; with Maggie Smith and Rob Lowe in a 1993 BBC adaptation of "Suddenly, Last Summer" by Tennessee Williams; portrayed Zelda Fitzgerald in the 1993 television movie "Zelda"; and starred in "Haven" on CBS and "The Mastersons of Manhattan" on NBC.


Dench made her debut as a director in 1988 with the Renaissance Theatre Company's touring season, "Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road", co-produced with the Birmingham Rep, and ending with a three month repertory programme at the Phoenix Theatre in London add something


In 1989, she was cast as Pru Forrest, the long-time silent wife of Tom Forrest, in the BBC soap opera "The Archers" on its 10,000th edition add something


Ronald Pickup - He provided the voice for Aslan in the BBC's adaptation of the "Chronicles of Narnia" and starred opposite Judi Dench in the 1989 Channel 4 serial "Behaving Badly"


Rodney Ackland - In 1991 it was adapted and directed for BBC Television by Anthony Page, starring Dame Judi Dench, and the play was revived by Page at the Royal National Theatre in 1995, again with Dench in the leading role


John Caird (director) - Chekhov's "The Seagull" followed in 1994 in a new version by Pam Gems with Judi Dench, Helen_McCrory and Bill Nighy


In 1995, Dench took over the role of M in the James Bond film series, starting with "GoldenEye", replacing Robert Brown add something


She has acted with the National Theatre in London where, in September 1995, she played Desiree Armfeldt in a major revival of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music", for which she won an Olivier award add something


Sean Mathias - Mathias directed his first Stephen Sondheim musical, "A Little Night Music", at the National Theatre in London in 1995, with Judi Dench and Siân Phillips


She won the Tony award for her 1999 Broadway performance in the role of Esme Allen in David Hare's "Amy's View" add something


Michael Williams died from lung cancer in 2001, aged 65 add something


In January 2001, Dench's husband Michael Williams died from lung cancer add something


Chocolat (2000 film) - Among significant awards won for work on this picture were the Art Directors Guild award, 2001, for Excellence in Production Design, the Bogey Award given by the German journal "Blickpunkt: Film", based on audience numbers in a certain time, the Audience Award, 2001, of the European Film Awards, for Juliette Binoche, and the Screen Actors Guild award 2001, to Judi Dench for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role


Jason Behr - In 2001 he played Dennis Buggit in Lasse Hallstrom's "The Shipping News", co-starring with Kevin Spacey, Judi Dench, Julianne_Moore, and Cate Blanchett


Kevin Spacey - In 2001, Spacey co-hosted with Judi Dench Unite for the Future Gala, the UK's fundraiser for the British Victims of 9/11 and Medecins Sans Frontières at London's Old Vic Theatre, produced by Harvey Goldsmith and Dominic Madden.


Dench's other film of 2002 was "Die Another Day", the twentieth installment in the James Bond series add something


In 2002, Dench was cast opposite Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon in Oliver Parker's "The Importance of Being Earnest", a romantic comedy film about mistaken identity set in English high society during the Victorian Era add something


Liberal Unionist Party - However in the 2002 film version which starred Judi Dench, Colin_Firth, Rupert Everett and Reese Witherspoon - the lines were dropped even though this film re-incorporated episodes and characters in an earlier version of the play that Wilde had been encouraged to drop before the play's first performance


Arthur Kopit - "Nine" returned to Broadway in 2003 with Antonio Banderas as Guido and won two Tony *awards, including best revival; in 2009 Rob Marshall directed the film "Nine" based on Kopit's script, the principal cast consisting of Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Nicole_Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, and Fergie


Stuckism International Gallery - In September 2003, the gallery collaborated with the Prince of Wales in hosting a charity show and auction with paintings including ones by Judi Dench, Jerry_Hall and, said Thomson, "a painting from the BritArt artist Gavin Turk, who is normally somebody we would attack


Also in 2004, Dench provided her voice for several smaller projects add something


In 2004, Dench appeared as Aereon, an ambassador of the Elemental race who helps uncover the mysterious past of Richard B. Riddick, played by Vin Diesel, in David Twohy's science fiction sequel "The Chronicles of Riddick" add something


Daniel Bruhl - Brühl made his English-speaking film debut in the 2004 "Ladies in Lavender", starring alongside British acting legends Judi Dench and Maggie Smith


William John Locke - His works have been made into twenty-four motion pictures the most recent of which was "Ladies in Lavender", filmed in 2004 and starring Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith


Alessandro Raho - In 2004, he was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in London to paint a portrait of English actress Dame Judi Dench


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, was based on the 2004 novel "These Foolish Things", by Deborah Moggach, and features an ensemble cast consisting of Judi Dench, Celia_Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, as a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India, run by the young and eager Sonny, played by Dev Patel


A major hit for Dench came with Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice", a 2005 adaptation of the same-titled novel by Jane Austen, starring Keira Knightley and Donald Sutherland add something


She was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2005 add something


A direct sequel to the 2006 film "Casino Royale", Forster felt Dench was underused in the previous films and wanted to make her part bigger, having her interact with Bond more add something


Dench appeared opposite Cate Blanchett as a bitter, creepy and iron-fisted London teacher with a dedicated fondness for vulnerable women in Richard Eyre's 2006 drama film "Notes on a Scandal", an adaption from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller add something


In his review for "Chicago Sun-Times" film critic Roger Ebert declared the main actresses "perhaps the most impressive acting duo in any film of 2006 add something


She became president of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London in 2006, taking over from Sir John Mills, and is president of the Questors Theatre, Ealing add something


She finished off 2006 with the role of Mistress Quickly in the RSC's new musical "The Merry Wives", a version of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" add something


In April 2006, Dench returned to the West End stage in "Hay Fever" alongside Peter Bowles, Belinda Lang and Kim Medcalf add something


In May 2006, she became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts add something


Andrew Simpson (actor) - In 2006, he appeared opposite Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench in the film "Notes on a Scandal"


Cate Blanchett - In 2006, she starred in Babel opposite Brad Pitt, The Good German with George Clooney and Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench.


The first season of the series began transmission in November 2007 add something


Philip Glenister - He played social reformer and estate manager Mr. Carter in the 2007 BBC costume drama "Cranford", as part of a cast including Judi Dench and Francesca Annis


Julia McKenzie - In 2007 she co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench in the BBC1 costume drama series "Cranford", playing Mrs. Forrester, a military widow of slender means, very attached to her cow Bessie


Andrew Buchan - In 2007, he appeared as Jem Hearne in the *award winning "Cranford", in a cast that included Judi Dench, Imelda_Staunton and Eileen Atkins


Francesca Annis - In autumn 2007 Annis co-starred with Michael Gambon and Judi Dench as Lady Ludlow in the BBC1 costume-drama series "Cranford"


Eileen Atkins - In the autumn of 2007, she co-starred with Judi Dench and Michael Gambon in the BBC1 drama series "Cranford" playing the central role of Miss Deborah Jenkyns


Her only film of 2008 was Marc Forster's "Quantum of Solace", the twenty-second Eon-produced James Bond film, in which she reprised her role as M along with Daniel Craig add something


The same month, she was named as the first official patron of the York Youth Mysteries 2008, a project to allow young people to explore the York Mystery Plays through dance, film-making and circus add something


Dench became the voice for the narration for the updated Walt Disney World Epcot attraction Spaceship Earth in February 2008 add something


Jenny Galloway - She appeared in "Madame de Sade" alongside Judi Dench and Deborah Findlay as Charlotte in 2008


Also in 2009, Dench reprised the role of Matilda Jenkyns in "Return to Cranford", the two-part second season of a Simon Curtis television series add something


She was patron of Ovingdean Hall School, a special day and boarding school for the deaf and hard of hearing in Brighton, which closed in 2010, and Vice President of The Little Foundation add something


In 2010, she renewed her collaboration with Peter Hall at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", which opened in February 2010; she played Titania as Queen Elizabeth I in her later years – almost 50 years after she first played the role for the Royal Shakespeare Company add something


In July 2010, Dench performed "Send in the Clowns" at a special celebratory promenade concert from the Royal Albert Hall as part of the proms season, in honour of composer Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday add something


On 22 July 2010, Dench was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Nottingham Trent University add something


Oliver Chris - In 2010 he appeared alongside Judi Dench in Hall's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Rose Theatre, Kingston


Peter Hall (director) - In 2010 the Rose had a sellout run of his production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Judi Dench playing Titania


Cary Fukunaga - In 2010, Fukunaga directed a new film adaptation of "Jane Eyre" starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench


Dench's last film of 2011 was Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar", a biographical drama film about the career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, from the Palmer Raids onwards, including an examination of his private life as an alleged closeted homosexual add something


In 2011 along with musician Sting and entrepreneur Richard Branson she publicly urged policy makers to adopt more progressive drug policies by decriminalizing drug use add something


In 2011, Dench reunited with director John Madden on the set of the comedy-drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" , starring an ensemble cast consisting of Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton as a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India, run by the young and eager Sonny, played by Dev Patel add something


In 2011, Dench starred in "Jane Eyre", "My Week with Marilyn" and "J. Edgar" add something


In June 2011, she became a fellow of the British Film Institute add something


In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute add something


Shahrukh Khan - In 2011, Khan teamed up with Amitabh Bachchan and English actress Judi Dench to promote Resul Pookutty's foundation that works to better the living conditions of the underprivileged in India


Also in 2012, "Friend Request Pending", an indie short film which Dench had filmed in 2011, received a wide release as part of the feature films "Stars in Shorts" and "The Joy of Six" add something


In early 2012, Dench discussed her macular degeneration, with one eye "dry" and the other "wet", for which she has been treated with injections into the eye add something


On 19 March 2012 it was announced that Dench was to become honorary patron of the charity "Everton in the Community", the official charity of Everton F.C. in Everton, Liverpool add something


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - It is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and features an ensemble cast consisting of stars Judi Dench, Maggie_Smith, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Tamsin Greig, Tena Desae, Dev Patel, Lillete Dubey, David Strathairn and Richard Gere


Kellie Shirley - "Run For Your Wife" will be released nationwide in Feb 2013 cast includes Judi Dench to Danny Dyer


Michael Grandage - Between December 2012 and February 2014 they will produce "Privates On Parade" with Simon_Russell_Beale; John Logan's new play "Peter and Alice" with Judi Dench and Ben_Whishaw; Daniel Radcliffe in "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh; and two Shakespeares, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with Sheridan Smith and David Walliams, followed by "Henry V" with Jude Law


She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the "Guardian" in March 2013 add something


On 26 June 2013, she was honoured by the University of Stirling, receiving an honorary Doctorate degree at the university's graduation ceremony in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Arts, particularly to film add something


Stephen Frears - His 2013 film Philomena, co-written by Steve Coogan, starring Judi Dench and Coogan, won the best screenplay *award at the Venice Film Festival


Stirling University - In 2013, the school nominated Dame Judi Dench for an honorary doctorate in recognition of her services to the arts and the role she has played in highlighting the school's Dementia Services Development Centre


Kellie Shirley - "Run for Your Wife" was released nationwide in February 2013 and on DVD release September 2013 the cast includes Judi Dench to Danny Dyer


Richard Griffiths - His funeral took place at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire on 9 April 2013, with over four hundred mourners, including Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Richard E. Grant, Jack Whitehall and Judi Dench


Ben Whishaw - On stage, Whishaw is set to star alongside Judi Dench in the world premiere of a new play by John Logan, at the Noel Coward Theatre, from March to June 2013


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - On 28 October 2013 "Radio Times" stated that Penelope Wilton confirmed the cast, including Judi Dench, Bill_Nighy, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie, would return for the sequel, set to start filming in January 2014


Dench was one of 200 celebrities to sign an open letter to the people of Scotland asking them to vote No to independence, published in August 2014, a few weeks before the Scottish referendum add something


In October 2014 she began filming as Cecily, Duchess of York to Benedict Cumberbatch's Richard III in the second series of "The Hollow Crown" add something


Richard Curtis - He has adapted Roald Dahl's novel "Esio Trot" for a film starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, set to film in early 2014, directed by Dearbhla Walsh


From 24 April 2015 to 7 May 2015; Dench played a mother, with her real-life daughter Finty Williams playing her character's daughter, in The Vote at The Donmar Warehouse add something


On 20 September 2015 she was the guest on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" for the third time, in which she revealed that her first acting performance was as a snail add something


Richard Curtis - He has adapted Roald Dahl's novel "Esio Trot" for television in a film starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, directed by Dearbhla Walsh and broadcast on BBC on 1 January 2015


In 2016, she did narrations at the opening ceremony of the summer olympics "Rio 2016", a worldwide event with international celebrities such as the model Gisele Bündchen, the actor Gustavo Goulart, the singer Caetano Veloso, and many other famous people add something


Murder on the Orient Express - On 29 September 2016, the studio released a press release announcing much of the cast, including Johnny Depp as Mr. Ratchett, Michelle Pfeiffer as Mrs. Hubbard, Dame Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff, Sir Derek Jacobi as Edward Masterman, Leslie Odom Jr. as Dr. Constantine, Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham, Lucy Boynton as Countess Andrenyi, Tom Bateman as M. Bouc, and Michael Peña as Marquez


Kenneth Branagh - Production begins in London in November 2016, and will star Judi Dench, Daisy_Ridley and Johnny Depp


One of the highest profile actresses in British popular culture, Dench appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK. add something


As of May 2017, Dench has various film projects in different states of production add something


In September 2017 the website LADBible posted a video of Dench rapping with UK Grime MC Lethal Bizzle add something


During the 2018 Screen Actors Guild awards Dench was nominated for Outstanding Female Actor for her performance in Victoria & Abdul add something


In 2019, Dench will star as Old Deuteronomy in the film adaptation of "Cats" alongside Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, James Corden, and Idris Elba add something


She is a patron of Shakespeare North, a playhouse project due to be completed in 2019 in the town of Prescot in Knowsley, near Liverpool add something


In July 2019 Judi presented a 2-part nature documentary series for ITV called Judi Dench's Wild Borneo Adventure in which she and her partner travelled across the island, looking at its remarkable wildlife and efforts by conservationists to preserve it for future generations add something


Ian McKellen - In 2019, McKellen will star as Gus the Theatre Cat in "Cats", an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, directed by Tom Hooper and will co-star alongside Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench