All hail Queen Judi

A right royal ca­reer stretching 60 years

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1957 HAM­LET

Judi started her ca­reer on the stage af­ter a film pro­ducer told her, ‘Miss Dench, you have ev­ery sin­gle thing wrong with your face.’ She makes her de­but as Ophe­lia in Ham­let at the Old Vic and goes on to join the RSC.

1968 CABARET

She wins the part of Sally Bowles in the mu­si­cal Cabaret and im­me­di­ately signs up for singing lessons.

1981 A FINE RO­MANCE

Her suc­cess­ful TV ca­reer bags her the role, along with real-life hus­band Michael Wil­liams, in this sit­com about an awk­ward cou­ple. Judi and Michael also sang the theme tune.

1997 MRS BROWN

Ap­pear­ing in her first lead­ing film role, Judi gives a ten­der por­trayal of Queen Vic­to­ria and her friend­ship with John Brown, played by Billy Con­nolly.

1995 GOLD­ENEYE

Judi makes act­ing his­tory as the first woman to play Bond’s no-non­sense boss, M, the head of MI6. She ap­peared in seven Bond films be­fore dy­ing in Daniel Craig’s arms in 2012’s Sky­fall.

1998 SHAKE­SPEARE IN LOVE

Her turn as Queen El­iz­a­beth I wins Judi an Oscar for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress, al­though she only ap­pears on screen for eight min­utes.

2001 IRIS

Judi brings the life story of Iris Mur­doch to the big screen, play­ing the nov­el­ist in her later years when she was suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s.

2006 NOTES ON A SCAN­DAL

A change of role for Judi as she plays a bit­ter spin­ster teacher who be­comes ob­sessed with a fe­male col­league who is hav­ing an af­fair with a teenage stu­dent.

2013 PHILOM­ENA

Based on a true story, Judi wins crit­i­cal ac­claim for her role as an Ir­ish woman des­per­ately search­ing for the son she had been forced to give up for adop­tion.

2017 VIC­TO­RIA & AB­DUL

Back on Queen Vic­to­ria’s throne, Judi plays the el­derly monarch who strikes up a friend­ship with a young In­dian clerk, de­spite her fam­ily’s dis­ap­proval.

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