Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA (born 9 December 1934) is an English film, stage and television actor. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she played in several of Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She branched into film work, and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer; however, most of her work during this period was in theatre. Not generally known as a singer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.
Over the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In television, she achieved success during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984 and in 1992 began a continuing role in the television romantic comedy series As Time Goes By. Her film appearances were infrequent until she was cast as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films through to Skyfall (2012). She received several notable film awards for her role as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such films as Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006), and the television production The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001).
Dench has received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include eleven BAFTAs, (including the Bafta Fellowship in 2001) seven Laurence Olivier Awards, (including the Society's Special Award) two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). She was married to actor Michael Williams from 1971 until his death in 2001. They are the parents of actress Finty Williams.
Personal life 
Dench was born in Heworth, York, England, the daughter of Eleanora Olive (née Jones), a native of Dublin, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor who met Judi's mother while studying medicine at Trinity College, Dublin. Dench attended the Mount School, a Quaker independent secondary school in York, and became a Quaker. Her brothers, one of whom is actor Jeffery Dench, were born in Tyldesley, Lancashire. Notable relatives also include her niece, Emma Dench, a Roman historian and professor previously at Birkbeck, University of London, and currently at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. On 5 February 1971, Dench married British actor Michael Williams and they had their only child, Tara Cressida Frances Williams, known professionally as "Finty" Williams, on 24 September 1972. Dench and her husband starred together in several stage productions, and the Bob Larbey British television sitcom, A Fine Romance (1981–84). Michael Williams died from lung cancer in 2001, aged 65. In early 2012, Dench discussed her macular degeneration, with one eye "dry" and the other "wet", for which she has been treated with injections into the eye. She said that she needs someone to read scripts to her.
In Britain, Dench has developed a reputation as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, primarily through her work in theatre, which has been her forte throughout her career. She has more than once been named number one in polls for Britain's best actress.
Early years 
Through her parents, Dench had regular contact with the theatre. Her father, a physician, was also the GP for the York theatre, and her mother was its wardrobe mistress. Actors often stayed in the Dench household. During these years, Judi Dench was involved on a non-professional basis in the first three productions of the modern revival of the York Mystery Plays in the 1950s. In 1957, in one of the last productions in which she appeared during this period, she played the role of the Virgin Mary, performed on a fixed stage in the Museum Gardens. Though she initially trained as a set designer, she became interested in drama school as her brother Jeff attended the Central School of Speech and Drama. She applied and was accepted, where she was a classmate of Vanessa Redgrave, graduating with a first class degree in drama and four acting prizes, one being the Gold Medal as Outstanding Student.
In September 1957, she made her first professional stage appearance with the Old Vic Company, at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, as Ophelia in Hamlet, then her London debut in the same production at the Old Vic. She remained a member of the company for four seasons, 1957–1961, her roles including Katherine in Henry V in 1958 (which was also her New York debut), and as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in October 1960, directed and designed by Franco Zeffirelli. During this period, she toured the United States and Canada, and appeared in Yugoslavia and at the Edinburgh Festival. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in December 1961 playing Anya in The Cherry Orchard at the Aldwych Theatre in London, and made her Stratford-upon-Avon debut in April 1962 as Isabella in Measure for Measure. She subsequently spent seasons in repertory both with the Playhouse in Nottingham from January 1963 (including a West African tour as Lady Macbeth for the British Council), and with the Playhouse Company in Oxford from April 1964. That same year, she made her film debut in The Third Secret.
In 1968, she was offered the role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. As Sheridan Morley later reported: "At first she thought they were joking. She had never done a musical and she has an unusual croaky voice which sounds as if she has a permanent cold. So frightened was she of singing in public that she auditioned from the wings, leaving the pianists alone on stage". But when it opened at the Palace Theatre in February 1968, Frank Marcus, reviewing for Plays and Players, commented that: "She sings well. The title song in particular is projected with great feeling." After a long run in Cabaret, she rejoined the RSC making numerous appearances with the company in Stratford and London for nearly twenty years, winning several best actress awards. Among her roles with the RSC, she was the Duchess in John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi in 1971. In the Stratford 1976 season, and then at the Aldwych in 1977, she gave two comedy performances, first in Trevor Nunn's musical staging of The Comedy of Errors as Adriana, then partnered with Donald Sinden as Beatrice and Benedick in John Barton's "British Raj" revival of Much Ado About Nothing. As Bernard Levin wrote in The Sunday Times: "...demonstrating once more that she is a comic actress of consummate skill, perhaps the very best we have." One of her most notable achievements with the RSC was her performance as Lady Macbeth in 1976. Nunn's acclaimed production of Macbeth was first staged with a minimalist design at The Other Place theatre in Stratford. Its small round stage focused attention on the psychological dynamics of the characters, and both Ian McKellen in the title role, and Dench, received exceptionally favourable notices. "If this is not great acting I don't know what is", wrote Michael Billington in The Guardian. "It will astonish me if the performance is matched by any in this actress's generation", commented J C Trewin in The Lady. The production transferred to London, opening at the Donmar Warehouse in September 1977, and was adapted for television, later released on VHS and DVD. Dench won the SWET Best Actress Award in 1977.
Dench was nominated for a BAFTA for her role as Hazel Wiles in the 1979 BBC drama On Giant's Shoulders. In 1989, she was cast as Pru Forrest, the long-time silent wife of Tom Forrest, in the BBC soap opera The Archers on its 10,000th edition. She had a romantic role in the BBC television film Langrishe, Go Down (1978), with Jeremy Irons and a screenplay by Harold Pinter from the Aidan Higgins novel, directed by David Jones, in which she played one of three spinster sisters living in a fading Irish mansion in the Waterford countryside. Dench made her debut as a director in 1988 with the Renaissance Theatre Company's touring season, Renaissance Shakespeare on the Road, co-produced with the Birmingham Rep, and ending with a three-month repertory programme at the Phoenix Theatre in London. Dench's contribution was a staging of Much Ado About Nothing, set in the Napoleonic era, which starred Kenneth Branagh and Samantha Bond as Benedick and Beatrice. She has made numerous appearances in the West End including the role of Miss Trant in the 1974 musical version of The Good Companions at Her Majesty's Theatre. In 1981, Dench was due to play the title role of Grizabella in the original production of Cats, but was forced to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Elaine Paige to play the role. She has acted with the National Theatre in London where, in September 1995, she played Desiree Armfeldt in a major revival of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, for which she won an Olivier Award.
Popular success 
In 1997, Dench appeared in her first starring role as late monarch Queen Victoria in John Madden's teleplay Mrs. Brown which depicts Victoria's relationship with her personal servant and favourite John Brown, played by Billy Connolly. Filmed with the intention of being shown on BBC One and on WGBH's Masterpiece Theatre, it was eventually acquired by Miramax mogul Harvey Weinstein, who felt the drama film should receive a theatrical release after seeing it and took it from the BBC to US cinemas. Released to generally positive reviews and unexpected commercial success, going on to earn more than $13 million worldwide, the film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. For her performance, Dench garnered universal acclaim by critics and was awarded her fourth BAFTA and first Best Actress nomination at the 70th Academy Awards. In 2011, while accepting a British Film Institute Award in London, Dench commented that the project launched her Hollywood career and joked that "it was thanks to Harvey, whose name I have had tattooed on my bum ever since."
Dench's other film of 1997 was Roger Spottiswoode's Tomorrow Never Dies, her second film in the James Bond series. The spy film follows Bond, played by Brosnan, as he tries to stop a media mogul from engineering world events and starting World War III. Shot in France, Thailand, Germany, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and the South China Sea, it performed well at the box office and earned a Golden Globe nomination despite mixed reviews. In 1999, Dench won the Tony Award for her 1999 Broadway performance in the role of Esme Allen in David Hare's Amy's View. She has taken on the role of Director for a number of stage productions. Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Elizabeth I in the film Shakespeare in Love.
Dench has also lent her distinctive voice to many animated characters, narrations, and various other voice work. She plays the role of "Miss Lilly" in the children's animated series Angelina Ballerina (alongside her daughter, Finty Williams, as the voice of Angelina). She has narrated various classical music recordings (notably Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Britten's Canticles-The Heart of the Matter), and has appeared in numerous BBC Radio broadcasts as well as commercials. Her many television appearances include lead roles in the series A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By.
In January 2001, Dench's husband Michael Williams died from lung cancer. The actress went to Nova Scotia, Canada, almost immediately after Williams's funeral to begin production on Lasse Hallström's drama film The Shipping News, a therapy she later credited as her rescue: "People, friends, kept saying, 'You are not facing up to it; you need to face up to it,' and maybe they were right, but I felt I was – in the acting. Grief supplies you with an enormous amount of energy. I needed to use that up." In between, Dench finished work on Richard Eyre's film Iris (2001), in which she portrayed novelist Iris Murdoch. Dench shared her role with Kate Winslet, both actresses portraying Murdoch at different phases of her life. Each of them was nominated for an Academy Award the following year, earning Dench her fourth nomination within five years. In addition, she was awarded both an ALFS Award and the Best Leading Actress Award at the 55th British Academy Film Awards.
Following Iris, Dench immediately returned to Canada to finish The Shipping News alongside Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by E. Annie Proulx, the drama revolves around a quiet and introspective typesetter (Spacey) who, after the death of his daughter's mother, moves to Newfoundland along with his daughter and his aunt, played by Dench, in hopes of starting his life anew in the small town where she grew up. The film earned mixed reviews from critics, and was financially unsuccessful, taking in just US$24 million worldwide with a budget of US$35 million. Dench however, received BAFTA and SAG Award nominations for her performance.
In 2002, Dench was cast opposite Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon in Oliver Parker's The Importance of Being Earnest, a romantic comedy film about mistaken identity set in English high society during the Victorian Era. Based on Oscar Wilde's classic comedy of manners play of the same name, she portrayed Lady Bracknell in the film, a role she had repeatedly played before, including a stint at the Royal National Theatre in 1982. Dench shared the character with her daughter Finty, who portrayed the same character at a younger age. The film was released to lukewarm reactions by critics – who called it "breezy entertainment, helped by an impressive cast", but felt that it also suffered "from some peculiar directorial choices" – and earned just US$17.3 million during its limited release. Dench's other film of 2002 was Die Another Day, the twentieth installment in the James Bond series. The Lee Tamahori–directed spy film marked her fourth appearance as MI6 head M and the franchise's last performance by Pierce Brosnan as Bond. Die Another Day received generally mixed reviews by critics who praised Tamahori's work on the film, but claimed the plot was damaged by excessive use of CGI. Regardless, it became the highest-grossing James Bond film up to that time.
In 2004, Dench appeared as Aereon, an ambassador of the Elemental race who helps uncover the mysterious past of Richard B. Riddick, played by Vin Diesel, in David Twohy's science fiction sequel The Chronicles of Riddick. Selected by Diesel, who prompted writers to re-create the character to fit a female persona because he wanted to work with the actress, Dench called filming "tremendous fun," though she "had absolutely no idea what was going on in the plot." A mediocre box office success, the film was largely panned by critics. In his review of the film, James Berardinelli from ReelViews remarked that he felt that Dench's character served nothing more "a useful purpose than to give [her] an opportunity to appear in a science fiction movie."
She followed Riddick with a more traditional role in Charles Dance's period drama Ladies in Lavender, also starring friend Maggie Smith. In the film, Dench plays one half of a sister duo and takes it upon herself to nurse a washed up stranger to health, eventually finding herself falling for a man many decades younger than she. The specialty release garnered positive reviews from critics, with Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times calling it "perfectly sweet and civilized [and] a pleasure to watch Smith and Dench together; their acting is so natural it could be breathing." Also in 2004, Dench provided her voice for several smaller projects. In Walt Disney's Home on the Range, she along with Roseanne Barr and Jennifer Tilly voiced a mismatched trio of dairy cows who must capture an infamous cattle rustler, for his bounty, in order to save their idyllic farm from foreclosure. The film became a lukewarm critical and commercial success for Disney.
A major hit for Dench came with Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice, a 2005 adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen, also starring Keira Knightley and Donald Sutherland. Wright persuaded Dench to join the cast as Lady Catherine de Bourgh by writing her a letter that read "I love it when you play a bitch. Please come and be a bitch for me." Dench had only one week available to shoot her scenes, forcing Wright to make them his first days of filming. With both a worldwide gross of over US$121 million and several Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, the film became a critical and commercial success.
Dench in her role as M (Olivia Mansfield) was the only cast member carried through from the Brosnan films to appear in Casino Royale (2006), Martin Campbell's reboot of the James Bond film series, starring Daniel Craig in his debut performance as the fictional MI6 agent. The thriller received largely positive critical response, with reviewers highlighting Craig's performance and the reinvention of the character of Bond. It earned over US$594 million worldwide, ranking it among the highest-grossing James Bond films ever released. In April 2006, Dench returned to the West End stage in Hay Fever alongside Peter Bowles, Belinda Lang and Kim Medcalf. She finished off 2006 with the role of Mistress Quickly in the RSC's new musical The Merry Wives, a version of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Dench appeared opposite Cate Blanchett as a bitter, creepy and iron-fisted London teacher with a dedicated fondness for vulnerable women in Richard Eyre's 2006 drama film Notes on a Scandal, an adaption from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller. A fan of the Heller's book, Dench "was thrilled to be asked to ... play that woman, to try to find a humanity in that dreadful person." The specialty film opened to generally positive reviews and commercial success, grossing US$50 million worldwide, exceeding its £15 million budget. In his review for Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert declared the main actresses "perhaps the most impressive acting duo in any film of 2006. Dench and Blanchett are magnificent." The following year, Dench earned her sixth Academy nomination and went on to win a BIFA Award and an Evening Standard Award.
Dench, as Miss Matty Jenkyns, co-starred with Eileen Atkins, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton and Francesca Annis in the BBC One five-part series Cranford. The first season of the series began transmission in November 2007.
Dench became the voice for the narration for the updated Walt Disney World Epcot attraction Spaceship Earth in February 2008. The same month, she was named as the first official patron of the York Youth Mysteries 2008, a project to allow young people to explore the York Mystery Plays through dance, film-making and circus. Her only film of 2008 was Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace, the twenty-second Eon-produced James Bond film, in which she reprised her role as M along with Daniel Craig. A direct sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale, Forster felt Dench was underused in the previous films and wanted to make her part bigger, having her interact with Bond more. The project gathered generally mixed reviews by critics who mainly felt that Quantum of Solace was not as impressive as the predecessor Casino Royale, but became another hit for the franchise with a worldwide gross of US$591 million. For her performance, Dench was nominated for a Saturn Award the following year.
Dench returned to the West End in mid-2009, playing Madame de Montreuil in Yukio Mishima's play Madame de Sade, directed by Michael Grandage as part of the Donmar season at Wyndham's Theatre. The same year, she appeared in Sally Potter's experimental film Rage, a project that featured 14 actors playing fictional figures in and around the fashion world, giving monologues before a plain backdrop. Attracted to the fact that it was unlike anything she had done before, Dench welcomed the opportunity to work with Potter. "I like to do something that's not expected, or predictable. I had to learn to smoke a joint, and I set my trousers alight," she said about filming. Dench's next film was Rob Marshall's musical film Nine, based on Arthur Kopit's book for the 1982 musical of the same name, which was itself suggested by Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical film 8½. Also starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, and Sophia Loren, she played Lilli La Fleur, an eccentric but motherly French costume designer, who performs the song "Folies Bergères" in the film. Despite mixed to negative reviews, Nine was nominated for four Academy Awards, and awarded both the Satellite Award for Best Film and Best Cast.
Also in 2009, Dench reprised the role of Matilda Jenkyns in Return to Cranford, the two-part second season of a Simon Curtis television series. Critically acclaimed, Dench was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Satellite Award. In 2010, she renewed her collaboration with Peter Hall at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames in A Midsummer Night's Dream, which opened in February 2010; she played Titania as Queen Elizabeth I in her later years – almost 50 years after she first played the role for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In July 2010, Dench performed "Send in the Clowns" at a special celebratory promenade concert from the Royal Albert Hall as part of the proms season, in honour of composer Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday.
In 2011, Dench starred in Jane Eyre, My Week with Marilyn and J. Edgar. In Cary Joji Fukunaga's period drama Jane Eyre, based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë, she played the short role of Alice Fairfax, housekeeper to Rochester, the aloof and brooding master of Thornfield Hall, where main character Jane, played by Mia Wasikowska, gets employed as a governess. Dench reportedly signed on to the project after she had received a humorous personal note from Fukunaga, in which he "promised her that she'd be the sexiest woman on set if she did the film." Acclaimed among critics, it was a mediocre arthouse success at the box office, grossing US$30.5 million worldwide. In Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, which depicts the making of the 1957 film The Prince and the Showgirl starring Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier, Dench played late British actress Sybil Thorndike during her work on set of the Laurence Olivier film. The film garnered largely positive reviews, particularly for Michelle Williams and Kenneth Branagh's performances, and earned Dench a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination at the 65th BAFTA Awards.
Dench's last film of 2011 was Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, a biographical drama film about the career of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, from the Palmer Raids onwards, including an examination of his private life as a closeted homosexual. Hand-picked by Eastwood to play Anna Marie Hoover, Hoover's mother, Dench initially thought a friend was setting her up upon receiving Eastwood's phone call request. "I didn't take it seriously to start with. And then I realised it was really him and that was a tricky conversation," she stated. Released to mixed reception, both with critics and commercially, the film went on to gross US$79 million worldwide. The same year, Dench reunited with Rob Marshall and Johnny Depp for a cameo appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, playing a noblewoman who is robbed by Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Depp. She made a second cameo that year in Ray Cooney's star-studded comedy film Run for Your Wife.
In 2011, Dench reunited with director John Madden on the set of the comedy-drama The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), starring an ensemble cast also consisting of Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton as a group of British pensioners moving to a retirement hotel in India, run by the young and eager Sonny, played by Dev Patel. Released to positive reviews by critics, who declared the film a "sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors," it became a surprise box-office hit following its international release, eventually grossing $US134 million worldwide, mostly from its domestic run. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was ranked among the highest-grossing specialty releases of the year, and Dench, whose Peter Travers from Rolling Stone called "resilient marvel", garnered a Best Actress nod at both the British Independent Film Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Also in 2012, Friend Request Pending, an indie short film which Dench had filmed in 2011, received a wide release as part of the feature films Stars in Shorts and The Joy of Six. In the 12-minute comedy, directed by My Week with Marilyn assistant director Chris Foggin on a budget of just £5,000, she portrays a pensioner grappling with a crush on her church choirmaster and the art of cyber-flirting via social networking. Dench made her seventh and final appearance as M in the twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall (2012), directed by Sam Mendes. In the film, Bond investigates an attack on MI6; it transpires that it is part of an attack on M by former MI6 operative, Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem) to humiliate, discredit and kill M as revenge against her for betraying him. Coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series, Skyfall was positively received by critics and at the box office, grossing over $1 billion worldwide, and became the highest-grossing film of all-time in the UK and the highest-grossing film in the James Bond series. Critics called Dench's Saturn Awards-nominated performance "compellingly luminous".
Public life 
Dench was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1970 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1988. She was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in 2005. In June 2011, she became a fellow of the British Film Institute (BFI). Dench is a patron of the Leaveners, Friends School Saffron Walden and the Archway Theatre, Horley, Surrey. She became president of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London in 2006, taking over from Sir John Mills, and is also president of the 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. 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. In July 2000, she was awarded a DLitt degree by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where she actively supported their Drama School at the Gateway Theatre on Elm Row. On 24 June 2008, she was honoured by the University of St Andrews, receiving an honorary DLitt degree at the university's graduation ceremony. She was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by the Guardian in March 2013.
Dench has worked with the non-governmental indigenous organisation, Survival International, campaigning in the defence of the tribal people, the Bushmen of Botswana and the Arhuaco of Colombia. She made a small supporting video saying the Bushmen are victims of tyranny, greed and racism. On 22 July 2010, Dench was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) by Nottingham Trent University. The Dr. Hadwen Trust announced on 15 January 2011 that Dench had become a patron of the trust joining existing high profile personalities, Joanna Lumley and David Shepherd. On 19 March 2012 it was announced that Dench was to become honorary patron of the charity "Everton in the Community", the official charity of Everton F.C. in Everton, Liverpool. It was also revealed that Dench is a supporter of Everton. She is an advisor to the American Shakespeare Center. She is a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, a charity that enables school children across the UK to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres. She is patron of East Park Riding for the Disabled, a riding school for disabled children at Newchapel, Surrey. In 2011 along with musician Sting and entrepreneur Richard Branson she publicly urged policy makers to adopt more progressive drug policies by decriminalizing drug use.
Film and television 
|1959||Hilda Lessways||Hilda Lessways||TV series (6 episodes)|
|1959||ITV Play of the Week||Dido Morgan/Kate Barclay/Louisa Lindley||TV series (6 episodes)|
|1960||The Terrible Choice||TV series|
|1960||Armchair Theatre||Emily Strachan||TV series (1 episode: "Pink String and Sealing Wax")|
|1960||An Age of Kings||Princess Katherine of France||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1960||The Four Just Men||Anna||TV series (1 episode: "Treviso Dam")|
|1962||The Cherry Orchard||Anya||TV movie|
|1963||Z Cars||Elena Collins||TV series (1 episode: "Made for Each Other")|
|1964||Festival||Angela Thwaites||TV series (1 episode: "August for the People")|
|1964||The Third Secret||Miss Humphries|
|1964||Detective||Charlotte Revel||TV series (1 episode: "Dishonoured Bones")|
|1964||Theatre 625||Terry Stevens/Valentine Wannop||TV series (7 episodes)|
|1965||Four in the Morning||Wife|
|1965||Mogel||Gwyneth Evans||TV series (1 episode: "Safety Man")|
|1965||A Study in Terror||Sally|
|1965||He Who Rides a Tiger||Joanne|
|1966||Court Martial||Marthe||TV series (1 episode: "Let No Man Speak")|
|1966||BBC Play of the Month||Elizebeth Moris||TV series (1 episode: "Days to Come")|
|1968||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Titania|
|1968||Jackanory||Storyteller||TV series (12 episodes)|
|1968||ITV Playhouse||Helen Payle||TV series (1 episode: "On Approval")|
|1970||Confession||Woman||TV series (1 episode: "Neighbours")|
|1973||Ooh La La!||Amélie||TV series (1 episode: "Keep an Eye on Amélie")|
|1974||2nd House||TV series (1 episode: "Frank's for the Memory")|
|1974||Dead Cert||Laura Davidson|
|1978||The Comedy of Errors||Adriana||TV movie|
|1978||Langrishe, Go Down||Imogen Langrishe||BBC TV movie|
|1979||A Performance of Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||TV movie|
|1979||On Giant's Shoulders||Hazel Wiles||BBC TV movie|
|1979||ITV Playhouse||Z||TV series (1 episode: "Village Wooing")|
|1980||Love in a Cold Climate||Aunt Sadie||TV mini-series (8 episodes)|
|1981||The Cherry Orchard||Mme. Ranevsky||TV movie|
|1981||BBC2 Playhouse||Sister Scarli||TV series (1 episode: "Going Gently")|
|1981–1984||A Fine Romance||Laura Dalton||TV series (26 episodes)|
|1982||Spaceship Earth||4th Edition Narrator||Short|
|1983||Saigon: Year of the Cat||Barbara Dean||TV movie|
|1985||The Browning Version||Millie Crocker-Harris||TV movie|
|1985||A Room with a View||Eleanor Lavish|
|1985||Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill||Dorrie Edgehill||TV movie|
|1987||The Angelic Conversation||Narrator|
|1987||84 Charing Cross Road||Nora Doel|
|1987||Theatre Night||Mrs. Alving/Mrs. Rogers||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1988||A Handful of Dust||Mrs. Beaver|
|1989||Henry V||Mistress Quickly|
|1989||Behaving Badly||Bridget Mayor|
|1990||Screen One||Anna||TV series (1 episode: "Can You Hear Me Thinking?")|
|1991||Performance||Christine Foskett||TV series (1 episode: "Absolute Hell")|
|1992||The Torch||Aba||TV mini-series|
|1992–2005||As Time Goes By||Jean Mary Hardcastle||TV series (67 episodes)|
|1993||ABC For Kids||Announcer|
|1994||Middlemarch||George Eliot (voice)||TV mini-series (2 episodes)|
|1995||Jack and Sarah||Margaret|
|1997||Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown||Queen Victoria|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||M|
|1998||Shakespeare in Love||Queen Elizabeth I||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|1999||Tea with Mussolini||Arabella|
|1999||The World Is Not Enough||M|
|2000||Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport||Narrator||Documentary|
|2000||The Last of the Blonde Bombshells||Elizabeth||TV movie|
|2001||The Shipping News||Agnis Hamm|
|2002||The Importance of Being Earnest||Lady Augusta Bracknell|
|2002||Die Another Day||M|
|2002||Angelina Ballerina||Miss Lilly (voice)||TV series (23 episodes)|
|2004||Home on the Range||Mrs. Caloway (voice)|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Aereon|
|2004||Ladies in Lavender||Ursula Widdington|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Lady Catherine de Bourgh|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||Mrs. Laura Henderson|
|2006||The Magic Roundabout||Narrator|
|2006||Angelina Ballerina: Angelina Sets Sail||Miss Lilly (voice)|
|2006||Notes on a Scandal||Barbara Covett|
|2007||Go Inside to Greet the Light||Narrator|
|2008||Quantum of Solace||M|
|2009||Return to Cranford||Miss Matty||TV mini-series|
|2011||Jane Eyre||Mrs. Fairfax|
|2011||Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides||Society Lady||Cameo|
|2011||My Week with Marilyn||Dame Sybil Thorndike|
|2011||Friend Request Pending||Mary||Short|
|2011||J. Edgar||Annie Hoover|
|2012||Run For Your Wife||Bag Lady||Cameo|
|2012||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||Evelyn Greenslade|
|2012||Skyfall||M||Pending — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actress of the Year
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Video games 
|2004||007: Everything or Nothing||M||Voice|
|2004||GoldenEye: Rogue Agent||M||Voice|
|2008||007: Quantum of Solace||M||Voice|
|2010||James Bond 007: Blood Stone||M||Voice|
Theatre work 
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Source: "Judi Dench: With a Crack in her Voice" by John Miller
As an actress 
|1957||York Mystery Plays||Virgin Mary||York||St Mary's Abbey|
|1957||Hamlet||Ophelia||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1957||Measure for Measure||Juliet||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1957||A Midsummer Night's Dream||First Fairy||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1958||Twelfth Night||Maria||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre||also US tour and New York City|
|1958||Henry V||Katharine||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre||also US tour and New York City|
|1959||The Double Dealer||Cynthia||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1959||As You Like It||Phebe||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1959||The Importance of Being Earnest||Cecily||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1959||The Merry Wives of Windsor||Anne Page||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1960||Richard II||Queen||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1960||Romeo and Juliet||Juliet||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre||also Venice Festival|
|1960||She Stoops to Conquer||Kate Hardcastle||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1960||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hermia||Old Vic Company||Old Vic Theatre|
|1961||The Cherry Orchard||Anya||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1962||Measure for Measure||Isabella||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1962||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Titiana||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1962||A Penny for a Song||Dorcas Bellboys||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1963||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Nottingham Playhouse Company||also West Africa tour|
|1963||Twelfth Night||Viola||Nottingham Playhouse Company||also West Africa tour|
|1963||A Shot in the Dark||Josefa Lautenay||Nottingham Playhouse Company||Lyric Theatre|
|1964||Three Sisters||Irina||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1964||The Twelfth Hour||Anna||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1965||The Alchemist||Dol Common||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1965||Romeo and Jeannette||Jeannette||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1965||The Firescreen||Jacqueline||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1965||Measure for Measure||Isabella||Nottingham Playhouse Company|
|1965||Private Lives||Amanda||Nottingham Playhouse Company|
|1966||The Country Wife||Margery Pinchwife||Nottingham Playhouse Company|
|1966||The Astrakhan Coat||Barbara||Nottingham Playhouse Company|
|1966||St Joan||Joan||Nottingham Playhouse Company|
|1966||The Promise||Lika||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1966||The Rules of the Game||Silia||Oxford Playhouse Company|
|1967||The Promise||Lika||Oxford Playhouse Company||Fortune Theatre|
|1968||Cabaret||Sally Bowles||Palace Theatre|
|1969||The Winter's Tale||Hermione and Perdita||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1969||Women Beware Women||Bianca||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1969||Twelfth Night||Viola||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford||also on tour in Australia and Japan, 1970 and Aldwych Theatre, 1971|
|1970||London Assurance||Grace Harkaway||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre||also New Theatre, 1972|
|1970||Major Barbara||Barbara Undershaft||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1971||The Merchant of Venice||Portia||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1971||The Duchess of Malfi||Duchess||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1971||Toad of Toad Hall||Fielfmouse, Stoat and Mother Rabbit||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1973||Content to Whisper||Aurelia||York||Theatre Royal|
|1973||The Wolf||Vilma||–||Oxford Playhouse||also at Apollo, Queen's and New London|
|1974||The Good Companions||Miss Trant||–||Her Majesty's Theatre|
|1975||The Gay Lord Quex||Sophy Fullgarney||–||Albery Theatre|
|1975||Too True to Be Good||Sweetie Simpkins||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1976||Much Ado About Nothing||Beatrice||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford||also Aldwych Theatre, 1977|
|1976||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford||also Donmar Warehouse and Young Vic|
|1976||The Comedy of Errors||Adriana||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford||also Aldwych Theatre, 1977|
|1976||King Lear||Regan||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1977||Pillars of the Community||Lona Hessel||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1978||The Way of the World||Millamant||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1979||Cymbeline||Imogen||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|1980||Juno and the Paycock||Juno Boyle||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1981||A Village Wooing||Young Woman||–||New End Theatre|
|1982||The Importance of Being Earnest||Lady Bracknell||Royal National Theatre||Lyttelton|
|1982||A Kind of Alaska||Deborah||Royal National Theatre||Cottesloe|
|1983||Pack of Lies||Barbara Jackson||Royal National Theatre||Lyric|
|1984||Mother Courage||Mother Courage||Royal Shakespeare Company||Barbican|
|1984||Waste||Amy O'Connell||Royal Shakespeare Company||Barbican and Lyric|
|1986||Mr and Mrs Nobody||Carrie Pooter||–||Garrick Theatre|
|1987||Antony and Cleopatra||Cleopatra||Royal National Theatre||Olivier|
|1987||Entertaining Strangers||Sarah Eldridge||Royal National Theatre||Cottesloe|
|1989||Hamlet||Gertrude||Royal National Theatre||Olivier|
|1989||The Cherry Orchard||Ranevskaya||Royal Shakespeare Company||Aldwych Theatre|
|1991||The Plough and the Stars||Bessie Burgess||Royal Shakespeare Company||Young Vic|
|1991||The Sea||Mrs Rafi||Royal National Theatre||Lyttelton|
|1992||The Gift of the Gorgon||Helen Damson||Royal Shakespeare Company||Barbican and Wyndham's|
|1994||The Seagull||Arkadina||Royal National Theatre||Olivier|
|1995||Absolute Hell||Christine Foskett||Royal National Theatre||Lyttelton|
|1995||A Little Night Music||Desiree Armfeldt||Royal National Theatre||Olivier|
|1997||Amy's View||Esme||Royal National Theatre||Lyttelton|
|1998||Amy's View||Esme||Royal National Theatre||Aldwych Theatre|
|1999||Amy's View||Esme||–||Barrymore Theatre||New York City|
|2001||The Royal Family||Fanny Cavendish||–||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
|2002||The Breath of Life||Frances||–||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
|2003||All's Well That Ends Well||The Countess||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford and Gielgud|
|2006||Hay Fever||Judith Bliss||–||Theatre Royal Haymarket|
|2006||The Merry Wives of Windsor||Mistress Quickly||Royal Shakespeare Company||Stratford|
|2009||Madame de Sade||The Marquise||–||Wyndham's||Donmar at Wyndham's|
|2010||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Titania/Elizabeth I||–||Rose, Kingston|
|2013||Peter and Alice||Alice||–||Noel Coward Theatre|
As a director 
- 1988 – Much Ado About Nothing, Renaissance Theatre Company
- 1989 – Look Back in Anger – Renaissance Theatre Company
- 1989 – Macbeth – Central School of Speech and Drama
- 1991 – The Boy from Syracuse, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
- 1993 – Romeo and Juliet, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
- Pericles (1968) Shakespeare Recording Society, Caedmon Records
- Cabaret (1968), Original London cast album CBS (1973)
- The Good Companions (1974), Original London cast recording (1974)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (1995); from Felix Mendelssohn as Recitant. Conducted by Seiji Ozawa
- A Little Night Music (1995) by Stephen Sondheim, Royal National Theatre Cast
- Nine (2009) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Awards and nominations 
|1966||Four in the Morning||BAFTA Film Award for Best Newcomer to Leading Roles||Won|
|1986||Wetherby||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1987||A Room with a View||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1988||84 Charing Cross Road||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1989||A Handful of Dust||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1998||Mrs. Brown||Academy Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Film||Won|
|SAG Award for Best Leading Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|Satellite Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Film||Won|
|1999||Shakespeare in Love||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Cast in a Film||Won|
|SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|2001||–||BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award||Won|
|Chocolat||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Won|
|Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Film||Nominated|
|2002||Iris||Academy Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Leading Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|Satellite Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Film||Nominated|
|The Shipping News||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|2005||Mrs Henderson Presents||British Independent Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|Satellite Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film||Nominated|
|2006||Academy Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Leading Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|Notes on a Scandal||Satellite Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Film||Nominated|
|2007||Academy Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|British Independent Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actress in a Drama Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Leading Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|Saturn Award for Best Leading Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|2009||Quantum of Solace||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|Nine||Satellite Award for Best Cast in a Film||Won|
|2010||SAG Award for Best Cast in a Film||Nominated|
|2012||My Week with Marilyn||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Skyfall||Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|2013||BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||British Independent Film Award for Best Leading Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Comedy Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Cast in a Film||Nominated|
|1968||Talking to a Stranger||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Won|
|1980||ITV Playhouse||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|On Giant's Shoulders||Nominated|
|1982||Going Gently||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Won|
|The Cherry Orchard||Won|
|A Fine Romance||Won|
|1983||BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance||Nominated|
|1984||BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance||Nominated|
|Saigon: Year of the Cat||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|1985||A Fine Romance||BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Performance||Won|
|1990||Behaving Badly||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|1998||As Time Goes By||BAFTA TV Award for Best Comedy Performance||Nominated|
|2001||The Last of the Blonde Bombshells||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|SAG Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie||Nominated|
|2008||Cranford||BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Won|
|2009||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2010||Return to Cranford||Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|2011||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Nominated|
|1977||Macbeth||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Revival of a Play||Won|
|1980||Juno and the Paycock||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Revival of a Play||Won|
|1982||Other Places||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a New Play||Nominated|
|The Importance of Being Earnest||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Revival of a Play||Nominated|
|1983||Pack of Lies||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a New Play||Won|
|1987||Antony and Cleopatra||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Won|
|1992||The Boys from Syracuse||Olivier Award for Best Director of a Musical||Nominated|
|1993||The Gift of the Gorgon||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|1996||A Little Night Music||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Absolute Hell||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Won|
|1998||Amy's View||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|1999||Drama Desk Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Won|
|Filumena||Olivier Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2004||–||Olivier Special Award||Won|
|2005||All's Well That Ends Well||Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Play||Nominated|
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Further reading 
- Dench, Judi. And Furthermore. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2010. ISBN 978-0-297-85967-3.
- Lavery, Alison (ed.). The Judi Dench Handbook. Emereo, 2010. ISBN 978-1-74244-659-2.
- Miller, John (ed.). Darling Judi: A Celebration of Judi Dench. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. ISBN 0-297-84791-0.
- Trowbridge, Simon. The Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Oxford: Editions Albert Creed, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9559830-2-3.
- Herbert, Ian; Christine Baxter and Robert E. Finlay (1981). Who's Who in the Theatre (17th ed.). Detroit: Gale. ISBN 0-273-01717-9.
- Billington, Michael (1993). One Night Stands: A critic's view of British theatre from 1971–1991. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 1-85459-185-1.
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