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Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 60 wins & 172 nominations. See more awards »

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 2019 Artemis Fowl (post-production)
Commander Root
 2019 Red Joan (post-production)
Joan Stanley
 2017 Murder on the Orient Express
Princess Dragomiroff
 2017 Victoria & Abdul
Queen Victoria
 2017 Tulip Fever
 2016 The Hollow Crown (TV Series)
 2015/I Spectre
M (uncredited)
 2015 The Vote (TV Movie)
Christine Metcalfe
 2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Evelyn Greenslade
 2015 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (TV Movie)
Mrs. Silver
 2014 Roald Dahl's Esio Trot: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Mrs Silver
 2013 Philomena
 2013 Vicious (TV Series)
Judi Dench
 2012 Skyfall
 2012 007 Legends (Video Game)
M (voice)
 2012 Friend Request Pending (Short)
 2012 Simon Schama's Shakespeare (TV Mini-Series)
 2012 Run for Your Wife
Bag Lady
 2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Evelyn Greenslade
 2011 J. Edgar
Annie Hoover
 2011 My Week with Marilyn
Dame Sybil Thorndike
 2011 Angelina Ballerina: Ballet Dreams (Video)
Miss Lilly (voice)
 2011 Jane Eyre
Mrs. Fairfax
 2010 GoldenEye 007 (Video Game)
M (voice)
 2010 James Bond 007: Blood Stone (Video Game)
M (voice)
 2007-2009 Cranford (TV Series)
Miss Matty Jenkyns
 2009 Nine
 2009/I Rage
Mona Carvell
 2008 Quantum of Solace (Video Game)
M (voice)
 2007 Angelina Ballerina: The Silver Locket (Video)
Miss Lilly (voice)
 2006 Notes on a Scandal
Barbara Covett
 2006 Casino Royale
 2001-2006 Angelina Ballerina (TV Series)
Miss Lilly / Miss Lillie
 2006 Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Sets Sail
Miss Lilly (voice)
 2006 Doogal
Narrator (voice)
 1992-2005 As Time Goes By (TV Series)
Jean Hardcastle / Jean Pargetter
 2005 Mrs Henderson Presents
Mrs. Laura Henderson
 2005 Angelina Ballerina: Angelina's Princess Dance (Video)
Miss Lilly (voice)
 2005 Pride & Prejudice
Lady Catherine de Bourgh
 2004 GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (Video Game)
M (voice)
 2004 A Dairy Tale (Video short)
Mrs. Caloway (voice)
 2004 Ladies in Lavender
 2004 Home on the Range
Mrs. Caloway (voice)
 2003 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (Video Game)
M (voice)
 2002 Angelina Ballerina: The Show Must Go On (TV Movie)
Miss Lilly (voice)
 2002 Die Another Day
 2002 The Importance of Being Earnest
Lady Bracknell
 2001 The Shipping News
Agnis Hamm
 2001/I Iris
Iris Murdoch
 2000 Chocolat
Armande Voizin
 2000 The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (TV Movie)
 1999 License to Thrill (Short)
M (Barbara Mawdsley)
 1999 Tea with Mussolini
 1998 Shakespeare in Love
Queen Elizabeth
 1998 The Bear (Video short)
Narrator (American version) (voice)
 1997 Mrs Brown
Queen Victoria
 1996 The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1996 Hamlet
 1995 GoldenEye
 1995 Jack & Sarah
 1994 Middlemarch (TV Mini-Series)
George Eliot
 1992 The Torch (TV Mini-Series)
 1991 Performance (TV Series)
Christine Foskett
 1990 Screen One (TV Series)
 1989 Smile (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1989 Henry V
Mistress Nell Quickly
 1989 Behaving Badly (TV Mini-Series)
 1988 A Handful of Dust
Mrs. Beaver
 1987 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Mrs. Alving / Mrs. Rogers
 1987 84 Charing Cross Road
Nora Doel
 1985 The Browning Version (TV Movie)
Millie Crocker-Harris
 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill (TV Movie)
Dorrie Edgehill
 1985 A Room with a View
Eleanor Lavish, a novelist
 1985 The Angelic Conversation
Shakespeare's Sonnets read by (voice)
 1985 Wetherby
Marcia Pilborough
 1981-1984 A Fine Romance (TV Series)
 1983 Saigon -Year of the Cat- (TV Movie)
Barbara Dean
 1982 Spaceship Earth (Short)
4th Narrator - 2008- (voice)
 1981 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Mme. Ranevsky
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Sister Scarli
 1980 Love in a Cold Climate (TV Mini-Series)
 1979 A Performance of Macbeth (TV Movie)
Lady Macbeth
 1968-1979 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Z / Helen Payle
 1978-1979 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Hazel Wiles / Imogen Langrishe
 1968-1978 Jackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller / Reader
 1978 The Comedy of Errors (TV Movie)
 1976 Arena (TV Series documentary)
Sweetie Simpkins
 1974 Dead Cert
Laura Davidson
 1974 Luther
 1973 Ooh La La! (TV Series)
 1970 Confession (TV Series)
 1968 A Midsummer Night's Dream
 1966 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Elizebeth Moris
 1964-1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Terry Stevens - Daughter / Valentine Wannop
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
 1959-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Louisa Lindley / Dido Morgan / Miss Richards / ...
 1965 A Study in Terror
 1965 He Who Rides a Tiger
 1965 Mogul (TV Series)
Gwyneth Evans
 1965 Four in the Morning
 1964 Detective (TV Series)
Charlotte Revel
 1964 The Third Secret
Miss Humphries
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Angela Thwaites
 1963 Z Cars (TV Series)
Elena Collins
 1963 Love Story (TV Series)
Pat McKendrick
 1962 The Cherry Orchard (TV Movie)
Anya, Lyubov's Daughter
 1960 The Four Just Men (TV Series)
 1960 An Age of Kings (TV Series)
Katherine, Princess of France
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Emily Strachan
 1960 The Terrible Choice (TV Series)
Good Angel
 1959 Hilda Lessways (TV Series)
Hilda Lessways
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Other Works:

She acted in Sean O'Casey's play, "Juno and the Paycock," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Norman Rodway in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

5 Print Biographies | 12 Interviews | 16 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 17 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dame Judi Dench


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Personal Quote:

[Does she feel fulfilled?] No, no, no, no, I hope not. Being fulfilled is closing the drawer again and I don't want to do that just yet. I'd bore myself silly. I wouldn't learn anything new. I'd just sit around and I hate wasting time. I hate waste of any kind. I love quiz programmes. I am riveted by The Weakest Link (2000) but I'd be too terrified to appear on it. See more »


She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1999 (1998 season) for Best Actress for her performance in Filumena. See more »


Known for often playing dignified, strong-willed women in positions of authority, who are sometimes opposed or criticised by those under them.

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