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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.

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Dame Judi Dench | Theatrical Roots

Dench made her stage debut in 1957 at the Old Vic in London, and over the next few years established herself as a Shakespearian actress, playing the great female roles like Lady Macbeth, Juliet and Ophelia. She did venture into film in the mid-1960s, indeed she appeared in no less than four different movies in 1965 and was honored that year with the Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her role in Four in the Morning. However, despite this auspicious start, Dench returned to the stage. Over the next two decades, she worked for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company, becoming one of the most acclaimed and celebrated actresses in British theatre, while also winning plaudits and awards for her performances on television, most notably in the mini series of Nancy Mitford's Love in a Cold Climate and the sitcom A Fine Romance, both opposite her late husband, Michael Williams.