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Since playing Ophelia in Hamlet at the Old Vic 40 years ago, Judi Dench has received worldwide acclaim for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles and notable for encompassing the full range of the stage, television, and motion pictures. She has won 9 BAFTA Awards to date.
Ms. Dench received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970 for services to the theatre, and subsequently became a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1998.
She won the Academy Award for her performance in John Madden's Shakespeare in Love, in addition to a BAFTA Award and the National Society of Film Critics citation. An earlier collaboration with the director, Mrs. Brown, earned her Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination.
Ms. Dench was again an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee for both Lasse Hallström's Chocolat (for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award) and Richard Eyre's Iris (for which she won a BAFTA Award).
Her other feature film credits include David Hare's Wetherby; Merchant Ivory's A Room with a View (for which she won a BAFTA Award); David Jones' 84 Charing Cross Road; Charles Sturridge's A Handful of Dust (for which she won a BAFTA Award); Kenneth Branagh's Henry V and Hamlet; Franco Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini; Lasse Hallström's The Shipping News; Charles Dance's Ladies in Lavender; and four movies as spy boss "M" opposite Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, the most recent of which was Lee Tamahori's Die Another Day (which costarred Rosamund Pike of Pride & Prejudice).
Ms. Dench will soon be seen starring opposite Bob Hoskins in the title role of Stephen Frears' Mrs. Henderson Presents, and next begins work on Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal.
Her television work includes the long-running series As Time Goes By (starring opposite Geoffrey Palmer); the animated series Angelina Ballerina (starring opposite her daughter, Finty Williams); and Gillies Mackinnon's telefilm (also for Working Title) The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, for which she won BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards.
In recent years, Ms. Dench has starred onstage in David Hare's Amy's View (winning a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production); Peter Hall's staging of The Royal Family; David Hare's The Breath of Life, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with Dame Maggie Smith; and All's Well That Ends Well, for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and then the West End.