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JUDI DENCH (Annie Hoover) played Ophelia in "Hamlet” at The Old Vic Theatre over 50 years ago, and has since garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. She has won numerous major awards, including an Academy Award®, eleven BAFTA Awards and a record six Laurence Olivier Awards, for work encompassing stage and screen. In recognition of her many achievements, she received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, became a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1988, and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour.

Her distinguished list of film credits include iconic performances as Queen Victoria in "Mrs. Brown,” for which she won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, and was nominated for an Academy Award®, and Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare In Love,” for which she received an Academy Award® and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is also known internationally for her role as M in the Bond films "Tomorrow Never Dies,” "The World Is Not Enough,” "Die Another Day,” "Casino Royale” and "Quantum of Solace,” and is currently at work filming the latest installment in the series for director Sam Mendes.

Dench has received Academy Award® nominations for performances in four other films: Lasse Hallström's "Chocolat,” for which she was also nominated for a Golden Globe; "Iris,” directed by Richard Eyre, for which she also won a BAFTA Award; "Mrs. Henderson Presents,” directed by Stephen Frears, for which she was further nominated at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globes; and "Notes On A Scandal,” directed by Richard Eyre, which also brought her BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.

Her other film credits include "Tea With Mussolini,” directed by Franco Zeffirelli; "A Room With a View” and "A Handful of Dust,” both of which brought her BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actress; "84 Charing Cross Road,” directed by David Jones; "Henry V” and "Hamlet,” both directed Kenneth Branagh; and "Nine,” directed by Rob Marshall, for which she shared with her ensemble a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination. Most recently, she appeared in "Jane Eyre,” directed by Cary Fukunaga, and Rob Marshall's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and will soon be seen in the upcoming "My Week with Marilyn,” directed by Simon Curtis, and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” directed by John Madden.

Dench is also revered for her television roles, her work including "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells,” for which she won received a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award nomination, and the long-running hit BBC sitcom, "As Time Goes By.” She starred as Miss Matty in the critically acclaimed BBC series "Cranford,” for which she received Best Actress nominations at the BAFTA Awards, the Golden Globes and the Emmy Awards, and "Cranford: Return to Cranford,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Dench's achievements on screen are mirrored by her celebrated career on stage. She has won Laurence Olivier Awards for "Macbeth” and "Juno and the Paycock” for the RSC, "Pack of Lies” at the London Lyric, and "Anthony and Cleopatra,” "Absolute Hell,” and "A Little Night Music,” all at The National Theatre. Her performance in "Amy's View,” directed by Richard Eyre, brought her a Critics Circle Award and an Olivier Award nomination when it played in London at The National and Aldwych, followed by a Tony Award for Best Actress when the play transferred to Broadway. Her other theatre credits include "The Royal Family,” directed by Peter Hall; "The Breath of Life,” directed by Howard Davies and co-starring Dame Maggie Smith; "All's Well That Ends Well,” for the RSC; "Hay Fever,” directed by Peter Hall; "The Merry Wives of Windsor,” for the RSC; "Madame de Sade,” directed by Michael Grandage for The Donmar West End and Peter Hall's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream” at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.


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