The actress and national treasure is set to appear on this week’s episode of the BBC’s factual show, Who Do You Think You Are? Before looking, let’s go back to his early career …
Considering his many credits and impressive career spanning over 60 years, it’s safe to say that Dame Judi Dench is a national treasure. As well as having a thoroughly fascinating career in film, television and theater, the actor’s ancestral story seems just as interesting.
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The actress is set to appear in a brand new episode of the BBC’s factual program, Who do you think you are? and, according to the synopsis, will discover some family ties to William Shakespeare. As a seasoned actress and former RSC member, we’re sure Judi is thrilled to have The Bard out of her story!
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The actress, 85, is a seven-time Oscar nominee, winning the Oscar for her 1998 portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in love.
She also won six BAFTAs, seven Olivier Awards and was made Lady Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1988. To celebrate his impressive career and his return to our screens this week, we have reviewed his most iconic roles over the years …
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Early career of Judi Dench
Judi began her professional acting career in the late 1950s, mainly in Shakespearean theater. She has appeared in productions such as Hamlet, measure for measure and Macbeth across the country as well as across the pond on Broadway. The actress then rose to prominence in the late sixties, when she was nominated for her first BAFTA for Best Actress for her portrayal of Terry in Talking to strangers.
Judi as Ophelia in Hamlet in 1957
Judi went on to continue to remain an essential part of the Royal Shakespeare Company while increasing his success in other parts of the theater such as the National Theater, the Old Vic Theater and on Broadway. At this point, the actor was also starting to star in more popular films such as the James bond franchise, Shakespeare in love and Tea with Mussolini.
Judi Dench’s last career
In recent years, Judi has become known for her work in credits such as Notes on a scandal, alongside Cate Blanchett, Nine, Jane eyre, My week with Marilyn and much more. She also continued to appear in the James Bond films, working with both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig until her character, M, was killed off in the 2012 film. Fall from the sky. Judi has two films slated for release in 2020 including a war film Joyful spirit and dramatic film Six minutes to midnight.
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Judi with his partner, David
Judi Dench’s family
In 1961, Judi Dench married actor Michael Williams and they remained together until his death in 2001. The couple had a daughter together, Finty Williams, by whom she also has a grandson. Almost ten years after the death of her first husband, the actress started a relationship with current partner David Mills. Speaking to The Times in 2014, she opened up about her new romance. “I wasn’t even prepared to be ready for this. It was very, very gradual and grown up… It’s just wonderful.”
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