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Dench, Judith Olivia, Dame

Born: 1934 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
Nationality: British
Categories: Actresses

1934 – Born on the 9th of December in York, North Yorkshire, England


1957 –She became the member of the Old Vic Company, London


1957 – Her stage debut in London with the Old Vic as Ophelia in the play "Hamlet"


1958 – Made her broadway debut with the Old Vic in "Henry V"


1961 – She played the role of Juliet in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" directed by

Franco Zeffirelli


1962 – First collaboration with Ian Holm, a stage production of "The Cherry Orchard"


1964 – Did her  first film acting role in the movie "The Third Secret"


1965 – Performed a great screen role in "Four in the Morning"


1967 – She appeared in television show "Talking to a Stranger"


1968 – She succeed in receiving the critical praise as Sally Bowles in the London

stage version of "Cabaret"


1969 – Judi joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Also played the role of Titania in Peter Hall’s film version of "A Midsummer

Night’s Dream"


1982 She won the publice praise for performance in playing the role of Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest"


1983 – She was seen in the British TV production "Saigon – Year of the Cat", directed by Stephen Frears and written by David Hare


1983 – She is the originator of the role of Barbara in "Pack of Lies"


1985 – Co-starred in the British series "Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill." She also worked with Vanessa Redgrave in "Wetherby", directed by David Hare


1986 – Played the  role of Miss Eleanor Lavish in the Merchant-Ivory production "A Room With a View"


1987 – Co-starred with Ian Holm in the British adaptation of Noel Coward’s "Mr. and Mrs Edgehill and in "A Handful of Dust" the next year.


1989 – Played Gertrude to Daniel Day-Lewis’ "Hamlet" at the National Theatre and as Mistress Quickly in Branagh’s "Henry V."

– Stage directing debut "Look Back in Anger" for Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theater Company; production starred Branagh, Dench and Emma Thompson; filmed for and shown on US TV on Bravo in 1993; TV production directed by David Jones


1992 – Appeared in the British sitcom "As Time Goes By" and again in "GoldenEye" after 3 years.


1996 – Made cameo appearance as Hecuba in Kenneth Branagh’s full-length film of "Hamlet"


1997 – She portrayed as Queen Victoria in “Mrs. Brown", directed by John Madden; nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award


1998 – Played the role of Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love", directed by Madden


1999 – Co-starred with Cher, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin and Joan Plowright in Franco Zeffirelli’s "Tea With Mussolini"

          – Made another role as M in the James Bond thriller "The World Is Not Enough"

– Judi went back to Broadway for the first time in close to 40 years to reprise her London triumph in "Amy’s View"


2000 – Played the role as a crusty old woman in "Chocolat", directed by Lasse Hallstrom; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. She narrated the Oscar-winning documentary "Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories From the Kindertransport"


– Starred in the HBO original "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"; reteamed with Ian Holm; received Emmy nomination


2001- Shine as British writer Iris Murdoch, who succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease, in the biopic "Iris"; picked up a Best Actress Oscar nomination

– Headlined a London stage production of "The Royal Family"


2001 Reteamed with Hallstrom to play Kevin Spacey’s aunt in "The Shipping News"


2002 – Judi played the role of Lady Bracknell in the remake of Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest"

– Starred opposite Maggie Smith in David Hare’s stage drama "The Breath of Life"


2004 – Performed as Aereon opposite Vin Diesel in "The Chronicles of Riddick"


2005 – Cast as Lady Catherine de Bourg in "Pride and Prejudice," a movie directed by Joe Wright

– Portrayed Laura Henderson in the movie as "Mrs. Henderson Presents" directed by Stephen Frears; earned Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress


2006 – Played as a London schoolteacher opposite of Cate Blanchett in "Notes on a Scandal" where she received a Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a Drama

– Reprised her role as M in "Casino Royale" the 21st James Bond film directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as 007

– Performed the title role of Brecht’s "Mother Courage" for the RSC at the Barbican Theatre

– Played the role of Cleopatra in an acclaimed stage production at The National Theatre

– made her professional stage debut as the Virgin Mary in the York cycle of mystery plays; appeared with her father and older brother; her mother worked on the costumes

– She starred in David Hare’s play "Amy’s View" in London