Judi Dench

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Judi Dench

Born

12/9/1934, York, North Yorkshire, England UK

Birth Name

Judith Olivia Dench

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Dame Judi Dench
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Judi Dench was born on 9th December, 1934, in York, England. After graduating from drama school she went on to act in a number of professional stage productions, the first playing Ophelia in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. She remained a stage actor for many years, before her debut film role…more

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  • Trivia

    • Judi offered her support for the inaugural North Wall Arts Festival in Oxford, by attending the opening night in July 2008. She also supported The Roy Castle Lung Foundation by donating some shoes to the De-Feet Lung Cancer campaign - selling shoes online to raise money.

    • In June 2008, Judi received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Letters) from the prestigious St. Andrews University in Scotland.

    • At Royal Ascot in June 2008, Judi was the prize giver for the King's Stand Stakes.

    • Judi has won the prestigious Laurence Olivier award seven times, for her stage work.

      All her Olivier Awards and Nominations are listed below:

      Actress of the Year in a Revival for Macbeth (1977) (Won).
      Actress of the Year in a Revival for Juno and the Peackcock (1980) (Won)
      Actress of the Year in a Revival for The Importance of Being Earnest (1982) (Nomination).
      Actress of the Year in a New Play for Other Places (1982) (Nomination).
      Actress of the Year in a New Play for Pack of Lies (1983) (Won).
      Actress of the Year for Antony and Cleopatra (1987) (Won).
      Best Director of a Musical for The Boys from Syracuse (1992) (Nomination)
      Best Actress for The Gift of the Gorgon (1993) (Nomination).
      Best Actress for Absolute Hell (1996) (Won).
      Best Actress in a Musical for A Little Night Music (1996) (Won).
      Best Actress for Amy's View (1998) (Nomination)
      Best Actress for Filumena (1999) (Nomination)
      The Society's Special Award (2004) (Won)
      Best Performance in a Supporting Role for All's Well that End's Well (2005) (Nomination).

    • Judi was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, Beauty over 60, in May 2007.

    • In January 2007, Dame Judi, aged 72, was voted the world's fourth sexiest older woman. The poll was to find the sexiest female stars who have passed 50-years-old.

    • Judi's 1999 Oscar was awarded for only four scenes, which amounted to eight minutes on screen, as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. To this date it remains the shortest ever performance to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

    • Judi says that when she was a little girl she wanted to be a painter.

    • Judi did not get married until she was 36, when she wed fellow Royal Shakespeare Company actor Michael Williams in February 1971.

    • Judi won 5 BAFTA awards for her work on the BBC comedy series A Fine Romance.

    • In 1995, Judi was chosen for the role of a brand new M in the James Bond series.

    • Judi's first stage appearance was at the age of five at her Quaker school where she played a snail in the school play.

    • Judi likes to think of herself more of a stage actress than a television or film star.

    • Judi admits that she does not really like to read scripts. She would rather a director or writer explain to her what the story is about in their own words.

    • Judi remains close friends with Geoffrey Palmer, who played her husband on As Time Goes By for seven seasons.

    • Judi visited Africa twice in the 1960s to show Africans Shakespeare's works.

    • In 1961, Judi joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    • Judi has been friends with actress Dame Maggie Smith since 1958.

    • On July 11th 2005, Judi was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

    • Judi is one of the associate members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London.

    • In 1966, Judi made history at the Laurence Olivier Awards by becoming the very first person to win two awards for two separate performances on the London stage.

    • In July 2005, Judi was voted number one by a "Britain's Finest Actresses" online poll.

    • Judi and actress Vanessa Redgrave were in the same class at Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

    • Judi was raised as a Quaker.

    • Judi was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama, for her role in the "Notes on a Scandal".

    • Judi was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2005 for her role in the movie Mrs. Henderson Presents.

    • In 2006 she narrated the film Doogal.

    • Judi has been mentioned in ChuckleVision.

    • Judi is the sister of Jeffrey Dench.

    • Judi's first stage appearance was as a snail in a play at her Quaker Junior School.

    • In 2004, Judi received the Taormina Arte Award at the Taormina International Film Festival.

    • In 2001, Judi won the ShoWest Award for Supporting Actress of the Year.

    • In 1998, Judi was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1999, Judi was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • In 1999, Judi & co. won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • In 2001, Judi & co. were nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for: Chocolat (2000).

    • In 2001, Judi was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
      for: The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000).

    • In 2001, Judi won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for: Chocolat (2000).

    • In 2002, Judi won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for: The Shipping News (2001).

    • In 2002, Judi was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for: Iris (2001/I).

    • In 1998, Judi won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
      for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 2001, Judi was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama for: Chocolat (2000).

    • In 2002, Judi was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for: Iris (2001/I).

    • In 1998, Judi won the OFCS Award for Best Actress for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1999, Judi won the NSFC Award for Best Supporting Actress for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • In 1998, Judi won the ALFS Award for British Actress of the Year for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 2002, Judi won the ALFS Award for British Actress of the Year for: Iris (2001/I).

    • In 1999, Judi won the KCFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • In 1998, Judi won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1999, Judi was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • In 2000, Judi was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for: Chocolat (2000).

    • In 2001, Judi won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
      for: The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000).

    • In 2002, Judi was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
      for: Iris (2001/I).

    • In 2002, Judi was nominated for the Audience Award for Best Actress for: Iris (2001/I).

    • In 2005, Judi was nominated for the Audience Award for Best Actress for: Ladies in Lavender (2004). She shared it with Dame Maggie Smith.

    • In 2001, Judi was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for: The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000).

    • In 1999, Judi was nominated for the Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • Judi is the mother of actress Finty Williams.

    • Judi is approximately 5' 3½" (1.61 m) tall.

    • In 1998, Judi won the CFCA Award for Best Actress for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1997, Judi won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress - Film
      for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1966, Judi won the BAFTA Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for: Four in the Morning (1965).

    • In 1968, Judi won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for: Talking to a Stranger (1966).

    • In 1982, Judi won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for: A Fine Romance (1981). She also won for Going Gently (1981), and The Cherry Orchard (1981).

    • In 1984, Judi was nominated BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for: A Fine Romance (1981).

    • In 1984, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
      for: Saigon: Year of the Cat (1983).

    • In 1985, Judi won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance for: A Fine Romance (1981).

    • In 1986, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for: Wetherby (1985).

    • In 1987, Judi won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
      for: A Room with a View (1985).

    • In 1988, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for: 84 Charing Cross Road (1987).

    • In 1990, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress
      for: Behaving Badly (1989).

    • In 1998, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance for: As Time Goes By (1992).

    • In 1998, Judi won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for: Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1999, Judi won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for: Shakespeare in Love (1998).

    • In 2001, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Chocolat (2000).

    • In 2002, Judi was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
      for The Shipping News (2001).

    • In 2002, Judi won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for: Iris (2001/I).

    • In 2001, Judi was nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication for: The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000).

    • In 2005, Judi won the Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance - Female for GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004).

    • In 1998, Judi was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role
      for Mrs. Brown (1997).

    • In 1999, Judi won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role playing Queen Elizabeth on Shakespeare in Love. It is the shortest ever performance to win a Best Actress in a Supporting Role award.

    • In 2001, Judi was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for: Chocolat (2000).

    • In 2002, Judi was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role
      for: Iris (2001).

    • Judi was made an Honorary Freeman of York in 2001.

    • Judi was married to the late actor Michael Williams. She met him while they both performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    • Judi studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

    • In 1988, Judi was made a Dame Of The British Empire (DBE), making her Dame Judi Dench.

    • Judi was awarded with a BAFTA Fellowship in a special tribute ceremony in London in 2001.

  • Quotes

    • Judi: (revealing she will miss the 2007 Oscars due to knee surgery) I can't go to the Oscars because I've got to have a knee operation so 'break a leg' is actually quite apt because they're going to have to break it and put it back together again - I'll be much taller. But I shall watch and cheer from my bed.

    • Judi: My only regret in life is that I didn't have more children.

    • Judi: The thing about not reading scripts and my wanting a director to tell me a story is a risk I need to take. I need that real fear.

    • Judi: The theater is the thing I love doing most.

    • Judi: The more I do, the more frightened I get. But that is essential. Otherwise why would I go on doing it?

    • Judi: If you're very lucky, you get to work with people who really know the business of filmmaking.

    • Judi: Sometimes nudity is gratuitous. We just live in a society where everything goes.

    • Judi: People think you know beforehand when you win an Oscar, but I can assure you you don't.

    • Judi: My husband was actually very keen that I would become a Bond girl.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • SUPERB TALENT

    10
    What can I say about a woman who makes me laugh, cry, chuckle, smile, frown...all the emotions I can muster up when watching this great lady of the screen.



    From her early days on BBV TV - to her award winning movies - this great Dame of the theatre, the arts, the world, is one that I would love to sit down and have dinner with.



    She is the perfect British Woman - she gives 1000% to all that she does and seems to do it with just a creless breath!



    Watching her on "As time goes by" was a treat - seeing her in all her movies is even moreso a treat.



    Once you have caught onto the force that is Dame Judi Dench - you don't want to let that force go from your life.



    Seek out her early roles and then watch her in Tea with Mouselini or Mrs Henderson Presents- or even her role as M in the James Bond movies - she is just the very reason that acting was invented - a joy to watch and someone that will be loved for years and years to come.



    And dearest Judi - if you ever read this review - the dinner invitation stands until the end of time. Dinner with the grand Dame of the cinema would be the greatest night of my life!



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