|Born||29 April 1928
Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
|Died||27 March 2014(aged 85)|
|Spouse(s)||Betty Martin (1953–2002)
Ann Curtis (2005–2014)
|Relatives||Judi Dench (sister)|
Jeffery Dench was born in Tyldesley, Manchester to Eleanora Olave (née Jones), a native of Dublin, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor who met Jeffery's mother while studying medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. Jeff lived in Tyldesley, near Leigh, Lancashire, with his brother, Peter. Later, the family moved to York, where Judith was born.
Jeffery attended St Peter's, York, where he began acting with the role of Cleopatra in George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. He spent his national service at an army theatre in Catterick before attending the Central School of Speech and Drama. It was here that he met Betty, his first wife, who was working as a speech therapist. Jeffery moved to Clifford Chambers and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, where he worked for many years.
With his wife Betty, Jeffery had three daughters: Sarah, a teacher who lives in Brailes; Clare, who lives in Shiplake; and Emma, a Roman historian previously at Birkbeck, University of London, and currently at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Betty died from a heart attack on 11 January 2002. Jeffery then married Ann Curtis, a costume designer for the RSC and a longtime family friend. They lived in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2012 Jeffery became the President of Stratford-upon-Avon Choral Society.
On 27 March 2014, it was announced that Jeffery had died.
|1955||BBC Sunday Night Theatre – The Merchant of Venice||Launcelot Gobbo|
|1982||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Mr. Cutler/Landlord/Mr. Blightey/Arthur Gride||Mini Series|
|1985||Cyrano de Bergerac||Marquis 1|
|1986||What a Way to Run a Revolution|
|1987||Rumpole of the Bailey||Denis Driscoll||Appeared in one episode, entitled Rumpole and the Old, Old Story|
|1989||The Lady and the Highwayman||Magistrate|
|1996||The Brittas Empire||Warwick Newmark||Appeared in one episode, entitled Surviving Christmas|
|2000||Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization||Pericles||Uncredited|
Selected theatre appearances
|1964||Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare||Richard Scrope, Archbishop of York||Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon|
|1965||Hamlet by William Shakespeare||Marcellus/Ambassador from England||Aldwych Theatre, London|
|1969/71/72||Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare||Andrew Aguecheek||Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon|
|1971||Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne||Ratty||Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon|
|2002||Henry V – The Battle of Agincourt by William Shakespeare, adapted by John Barton||Chorus||Various, including King Edward VI School|
|2006||Merry Wives – The Musical by William Shakespeare||Robert Shallow||Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon|
- Jeffery Dench at the Internet Movie Database