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People in Film | Dame Judi Dench
Posted November 30, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Dame Judi Dench"
Get the inside line on the Oscar-winning British actress who plays Mrs. Fairfax in Focus Features’ adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Dame Judi Dench | From Literary Adaptations to Bond
In the mid-1980s, Dench returned to the movies in a trio of literary adaptations. She played novelist Eleanor Lavish in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View, Mrs. Beaver in the film version of Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust and Nora Doel in 84 Charing Cross Road,based on the book by Helene Hanff). She was won Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTA awards for the first two, and was nominated in the same category for the third. After another big screen hiatus – maybe because, as she once said, “I don't like reading scripts very much. I like it better for someone to just explain to me what it is about this story” – she took on a very different kind of role, by playing M in the James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995). The movie's title was highly appropriate, as the period that followed was to be a truly golden one for Dame Judi.