14 Facts About Judi Dench

1. On 19 March 2012, it was announced that Judi Dench was to become honorary patron of the charity Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton FC.

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2. On 22 July 2010, Judi Dench was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by Nottingham Trent University.

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3. In March 2013, Judi Dench was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed over 50s by The Guardian.

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4. In 2016, Judi Dench made Olivier Award history when she won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in The Winter's Tale, breaking her own record with her eighth win as a performer.

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5. From April to May 2015, Judi Dench played a mother, with her real-life daughter Finty Williams playing her character's daughter, in The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse.

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6. As with most of the original cast, Judi Dench reprised the role of Evelyn in John Madden's The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2011 sleeper hit.

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7. In 2013, Judi Dench starred as the title character in the Stephen Frears directed film, Philomena, a film inspired by true events of a woman looking for the son which the Catholic Church took from her a half-century before.

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8. In July 2010, Judi Dench performed "Send in the Clowns" at a special celebratory promenade concert from the Royal Albert Hall as part of the proms season, in honour of composer Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday.

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9. On her Oscar win, Judi Dench joked on-stage, "I feel for eight minutes on the screen, I should only get a little bit of him.

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10. For her performance, Judi Dench garnered universal acclaim by critics and was awarded her fourth BAFTA and first Best Actress nomination at the 70th Academy Awards.

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11. In 1989, Judi Dench starred in David Tucker's Behaving Badly for Channel 4, based on Catherine Heath's novel of the same name.

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12. In 1981, Judi Dench was due to play Grizabella in the original production of Cats, but was forced to pull out due to a torn Achilles tendon, leaving Elaine Paige to play the role.

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13. In 1964, Judi Dench appeared on television as Valentine Wannop in Theatre 625's adaptation of Parade's End, shown in three episodes.

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14. Over the next two decades, Judi Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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