1. Dame Judith Olivia “Judi” Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA Dench a fait ses débuts professionnels en 1957 with the Old Vic Company.
2. Although most of her work during this period was in theatre, she also branched into film work, and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer.
3. She drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.
4. Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
5. She achieved success in television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984, and in 1992 got a starring role in the television romantic comedy series As Time Goes By.
6. Her film appearances were infrequent and included supporting roles in major films such as A Room with a View .
7. She then received several accolades, including her first Oscar nomination for her role as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown et l'année suivante, a remporté l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice pour Shakespeare in Love.
8. A seven-time Oscar nominee, she has also received nominations for her roles in Chocolat .
9. Dench has received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her competitive awards include ten BAFTAs, six Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award.
10. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute .
11. Her father, Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor, was born in Dorset, and later moved to Dublin, where he was raised.
12. Dench attended The Mount School, a Quaker independent secondary school in York, and became a Quaker.
13. In Britain, Dench has developed a reputation as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, primarily through her work in theatre, which has been her forte throughout her career.
14. Her father, a physician, was also the GP for the York theatre, and her mother was its wardrobe mistress. Actors often stayed in the Dench household.
15. During these years, Judi Dench was involved on a non-professional basis in the first three productions of the modern revival of the York Mystery Plays in the 1950s.
16. In September 1957, she made her first professional stage appearance with the Old Vic Company, at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, as Ophelia in Hamlet.
17. A recent history of Britain in the years 1957-1962, one volume in a series, cites a contemporaneous review of her performance: “has talent which will be shown to better advantage when she acquires some technique to go with it.”
18. Dench then made her London debut in the same production at the Old Vic.