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Dame Judi Dench

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Dench at the BAFTAs, February 2007
Judith Olivia Dench

9 December 1934 (1934-12-09) (age 87)
Alma mater Central School of Speech and Drama
Occupation Actress, author
Years active 1957–present
Spouse(s) Michael Williams
(1971–2001; his death)
Children Finty Williams
Relatives Jeffery Dench (brother)

Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA (born 9 December 1934) is an English movie, stage and television actress.

Judi Dench has appeared in James Bond movies since 1995 as the character M. She has also appeared in other large budget movies such as Mrs. Henderson Presents and Ladies in Lavender.

Personal life

Dench was born in Heworth, York, England. She is the daughter of Eleanora Olave (née Jones), a native of Dublin, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor. Dench attended the Mount School, a Quaker independent secondary school in York. She became a Quaker.

In 1971, Dench married British actor Michael Williams. Their only child is Tara Cressida Frances Williams. She was born on 24 September 1972. She is known professionally as Finty Williams. Dench and her husband starred together several times. Michael Williams died from lung cancer in 2001, aged 65.

In early 2012, Dench said she had macular degeneration. Because of this, she needed someone to read scripts to her.

Dench's brother, Jeffery Dench, died on 27 March 2014 at the age of 85.

Honours and charity

Dench was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1970 Birthday Honours and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1988 New Year Honours. She was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2005 Birthday Honours. In June 2011, she became a fellow of the British Film Institute (BFI).

In a biography by John Miller it was noted that in the late 1990s Dench was the patron of over 180 charities, many of which were related either to the theatre or to medical causes, for example York Against Cancer. Dench is a patron of the Leaveners, Friends School Saffron Walden, The Archway Theatre, Horley, Surrey and OnePlusOne Marriage and Partnership Research, London. She became president of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London in 2006, and is president of Questors Theatre, Ealing. In May 2006, she became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). She was also 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. Dame Judi is also a long-standing and active Vice President of the national disabled people's charity Revitalise.

Dench is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. In 1996, she was awarded a DUniv degree from Surrey University and in 2000–2001, she received an honorary DLitt degree from Durham University. On 24 June 2008, she was honoured by the University of St Andrews, receiving an honorary DLitt degree at the university's graduation ceremony. On 26 June 2013, she was honoured by the University of Stirling, receiving an honorary doctorate at the university's graduation ceremony in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Arts, particularly to film.

In March 2013, Dench was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian. 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.


  • The Third Secret (1964)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1968)
  • Love in a Cold Climate (1980)
  • A Room with a View (1985)
  • Henry V (1989)
  • GoldenEye (1995)
  • Hamlet (1996)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • Mrs Brown (1997)
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999)
  • Tea with Mussolini (1999)
  • Chocolat (2000)
  • The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000)
  • The Shipping News (2001)
  • Iris (2001)
  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
  • Ladies in Lavender (2004)
  • Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Notes on a Scandal (2006)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Nine (2009)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Jane Eyre (2011)
  • My Week with Marilyn (2011)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012)
  • Philomena (2013)
  • Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2014)
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
  • Tulip Fever (2017)
  • Victoria & Abdul (2017)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
  • Nothing Like a Dame (2018)

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