Judi Dench

Judie Dench, was born in 1934 in North Yorkshire. She attended the York School of Art, however she quickly changed courses and moved to the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art in London.

Early in her career, Dench performed in a number of Shakespeare plays, with her debut role with the Old Vic Company in 1957. She had roles in Hamlet as Ophelia, as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. I wasn’t until the 1960s that Dench was brought into film. She earned her first BAFTA award from her role in Four in the Morning (1965). Yet, it was theatre in which she concentrated over the next two decades, with films coming along every so often.

Outside of the theatre, she is perhaps best known for her role as M in the James Bond movies, starting with Goldeneye in 1995 right up until Skyfall in 2012. Her first leading movie role came in 1997, as Queen Victoria in the biographic film Mrs Brown, for which she won an Oscar nomination. Some of her other notable movies include Chocolat (2000), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006).

In 2006, she returned the theatre work, with a role in Hay Fever, as well as The Merry Wives with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the same year. In 2009, he played Madame de Montruil in Madame de Sade at the Wyndham’s Theatre. In 2010, she performed alongside Peter Hall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Rose Theatre.

Selected London & West End Stage Appearances

Show Role Theatre Year Link
The Vote Lead role Donmar Warehouse 2015  
Peter and Alice Alice Noel Coward 2013 Review
Madame De Sade Madame de Montreuil Wydnham's 2009 Review
Hay Fever Judith Bliss Haymarket  2006  
All's Well That Ends Well Countess of Rossillion Gielgud 2004  
Breath of Life Francis Beale Haymarket 2002  
The Royal Family Fanny Cavendish Haymarket 2001 Review
Filumena Filumena Picadilly 1998 Review
Amy's View Esme Allen Lytellton 1997  
A Little Night Music Desiree Armfeldt Olivier 1995 Review
Absolute Hell Christine Foskett Lytellton 1995  
The Seagull Arkadina Olivier 1994  

 

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