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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 Mrs. Brown to Mrs. Henderson
In 1997 and 1998, Dench had a very regal and awards-heavy time, playing Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth I back-to-back in Mrs. Brown and Shakespeare in Love. For Mrs. Brown, she was Oscar nominated for Best Actress and won the BAFTA award in the same category, while Shakespeare in Love earned her Best Supporting Actress awards from the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs. In the years following this, she seemed to win awards and nominations for almost every film she made, becoming a permanent fixture at the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs for her performances in movies like Last of the Blonde Bombshells, Chocolat, Iris, Mrs Henderson Presents and Notes on a Scandal. (Those movies earned her two BAFTAs, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award, plus countless nominations.) During this period, Dench also appeared in such acclaimed literary adaptations as The Importance of Being Earnest (putting a new spin on Lady Bracknell's famous “A handba?” line) and the Focus Features-released Pride and Prejudice, in which she played Lady Catherine De Bourgh for director Joe Wright.