Judi Dench

Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA (born 9 December 1934) is an English film, stage and television actress. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she played in several of William Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She branched into film work, and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer; however, most of her work during this period was in theatre. Not generally known as a singer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968. During the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In television, she achieved success during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984 and in 1992 began a continuing role in the television romantic comedy series As Time Goes By. Her film appearances were infrequent until she was cast as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she has played in each James Bond film since. She received several notable film awards for her role as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such films as Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006), and the television production The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001). Regarded by ...

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Casino Royale (2006)

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Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Judi Dench

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Eva Green  •  Mads Mikkelsen  •  Judi Dench

Skyfall (2012)

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When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Judi Dench  •  Javier Bardem  •  Ralph Fiennes

When Bond's latest assignment goes gravely wrong and agents around the world are exposed, MI6 is attacked forcing M to relocate the agency. These events cause her authority and position to be challenged by Gareth Mallory, the new Chairman of the Intelligence and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Mendes
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Judi Dench  •  Javier Bardem  •  Ralph Fiennes

Quantum of Solace (2008)

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Quantum of Solace continues the adventures of James Bond after Casino Royale. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Olga Kurylenko  •  Mathieu Amalric  •  Judi Dench

Quantum of Solace continues the adventures of James Bond after Casino Royale. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White, who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marc Forster
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Olga Kurylenko  •  Mathieu Amalric  •  Judi Dench

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

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Greed, revenge, world dominance and high-tech terrorism – it's all in a day's work for Bond, who's on a mission to protect a beautiful oil heiress from a notorious terrorist. In a race against time that culminates in a dramatic submarine showdown, Bond works to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Sophie Marceau  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Denise Richards

Greed, revenge, world dominance and high-tech terrorism – it's all in a day's work for Bond, who's on a mission to protect a beautiful oil heiress from a notorious terrorist. In a race against time that culminates in a dramatic submarine showdown, Bond works to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Apted
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Sophie Marceau  •  Robert Carlyle  •  Denise Richards

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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A story of love and life among the landed English gentry during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters, but if he dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Simon Woods

A story of love and life among the landed English gentry during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters, but if he dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Simon Woods

A Room with a View (1985)

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Julian Sands

When Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy's life forever but, once back in England, how ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Maggie Smith  •  Helena Bonham Carter  •  Denholm Elliott  •  Julian Sands

Chocolat (2000)

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A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Alfred Molina  •  Johnny Depp  •  Carrie-Anne Moss

A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lasse Hallström
CAST:  Juliette Binoche  •  Alfred Molina  •  Johnny Depp  •  Carrie-Anne Moss

Hamlet (1996)

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother now marrying the murderer... his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Julie Christie  •  Judi Dench  •  Gérard Depardieu

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother now marrying the murderer... his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Julie Christie  •  Judi Dench  •  Gérard Depardieu

Henry V (1989)

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Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Derek Jacobi  •  Brian Blessed  •  James Larkin

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Branagh
CAST:  Kenneth Branagh  •  Derek Jacobi  •  Brian Blessed  •  James Larkin

Home on the Range (2004)

When a greedy outlaw schemes to take possession of the "Patch Of Heaven" dairy farm, three determined cows, a karate-kicking stallion and a colorful corral of critters join forces to save their home. The stakes are sky-high as this unlikely animal alliance risk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Finn  •  John Sanford
CAST:  Randy Quaid  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Judi Dench  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.

When a greedy outlaw schemes to take possession of the "Patch Of Heaven" dairy farm, three determined cows, a karate-kicking stallion and a colorful corral of critters join forces to save their home. The stakes are sky-high as this unlikely animal alliance risk ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Will Finn  •  John Sanford
CAST:  Randy Quaid  •  Steve Buscemi  •  Judi Dench  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.

Iris (2001)

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Eyre
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Kate Winslet  •  Hugh Bonneville

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Eyre
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Jim Broadbent  •  Kate Winslet  •  Hugh Bonneville

Ladies in Lavender (2004)

Andrea, a gifted young Polish violinist from Krakow, is bound for America when he is swept overboard by a storm. When the Widdington sisters discover the handsome stranger on the beach below their house, they nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Dance
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Maggie Smith  •  Daniel Brühl  •  Freddie Jones

Andrea, a gifted young Polish violinist from Krakow, is bound for America when he is swept overboard by a storm. When the Widdington sisters discover the handsome stranger on the beach below their house, they nurse him back to health. However, the presence of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Dance
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Maggie Smith  •  Daniel Brühl  •  Freddie Jones

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Joseph Fiennes  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Tom Wilkinson

Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Joseph Fiennes  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Tom Wilkinson

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Twohy
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Christina Cox  •  Colm Feore  •  Karl Urban

After years of outrunning ruthless bounty hunters, escaped convict Riddick suddenly finds himself caught between opposing forces in a fight for the future of the human race. Now, waging incredible battles on fantastic and deadly worlds, this lone, reluctant hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Twohy
CAST:  Vin Diesel  •  Christina Cox  •  Colm Feore  •  Karl Urban

The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)

Two young gentlemen living in 1890s England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Parker
CAST:  Rupert Everett  •  Colin Firth  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Judi Dench

Two young gentlemen living in 1890s England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Parker
CAST:  Rupert Everett  •  Colin Firth  •  Reese Witherspoon  •  Judi Dench

Mrs Brown (1997)

When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown. But their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil to the monarchy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Billy Connolly  •  Geoffrey Palmer  •  Antony Sher

When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown. But their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil to the monarchy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Judi Dench  •  Billy Connolly  •  Geoffrey Palmer  •  Antony Sher

Die Another Day (2002)

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James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Tamahori
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Halle Berry  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Rick Yune

James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Tamahori
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Halle Berry  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Rick Yune

GoldenEye (1995)

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When a powerful satellite system falls into the hands of Alec Trevelyan, AKA Agent 006, a former ally-turned-enemy, only James Bond can save the world from an awesome space weapon that -- in one short pulse -- could destroy the earth! As Bond squares off against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Sean Bean  •  Izabella Scorupco  •  Famke Janssen

When a powerful satellite system falls into the hands of Alec Trevelyan, AKA Agent 006, a former ally-turned-enemy, only James Bond can save the world from an awesome space weapon that -- in one short pulse -- could destroy the earth! As Bond squares off against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Sean Bean  •  Izabella Scorupco  •  Famke Janssen

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world's superpowers against each other. Now James Bond must take on this evil mastermind in an adrenaline-charged battle to end his reign of terror and prevent global pandemonium.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Michelle Yeoh  •  Teri Hatcher

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the world's superpowers against each other. Now James Bond must take on this evil mastermind in an adrenaline-charged battle to end his reign of terror and prevent global pandemonium.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roger Spottiswoode
CAST:  Pierce Brosnan  •  Jonathan Pryce  •  Michelle Yeoh  •  Teri Hatcher

Tea with Mussolini (1999)

Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Cher  •  Maggie Smith  •  Judi Dench  •  Lily Tomlin

Semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli, telling the story of young Italian boy Luca's upbringing by a circle of English and American women, before and during World War II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Franco Zeffirelli
CAST:  Cher  •  Maggie Smith  •  Judi Dench  •  Lily Tomlin
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