Judi Dench

Biography: Although she had long been a revered stage and screen star in her native England, this remarkable actress didn't come to prominence stateside until well past middle age, when she appeared in a string of art-house hits in the '90s. Beginning her career on the British stage in the '50s, Dench tackled some of theater's most iconic roles over the next few decades, such as Ophelia in Hamlet, the titlular Egyptian queen in Antony and Cleopatra, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and decadent diva Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Dench invariably earned raves for her work and in the '60s began adding TV roles to her résumé, proving that she was just as adept at comedy as classics by starring in two popular Britcoms: A Fine Romance, alongside her real-life husband Michael Williams; and As Time Goes By, opposite longtime friend Geoffrey Palmer. Throughout her lauded career, she earned practically every accolade possible in her homeland: a record seven Olivier Awards for her stageAlthough she had long been a revered stage and screen star in her native England, this remarkable actress didn't come to prominence stateside until well past middle age, when she appeared in a string of art-house hits in the '90s. Beginning her career on the British stage in the '50s, Dench tackled some of theater's most iconic roles over the next few decades, such as Ophelia in Hamlet, the titlular Egyptian queen in Antony and Cleopatra, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest and decadent diva Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Dench invariably earned raves for her work and in the '60s began adding TV roles to her résumé, proving that she was just as adept at comedy as classics by starring in two popular Britcoms: A Fine Romance, alongside her real-life husband Michael Williams; and As Time Goes By, opposite longtime friend Geoffrey Palmer. Throughout her lauded career, she earned practically every accolade possible in her homeland: a record seven Olivier Awards for her stage work; 24 BAFTA nominations (and 10 wins) for her TV and film performances; the title of Officer of the British Empire in 1970; and a promotion to dame in 1988. She appeared in a number of supporting movie roles in the '90s, notably as the first female incarnation of M, James Bond's boss, beginning with 1995's GoldenEye. Two years later, she snagged her very first leading film role when she played Queen Victoria in the biopic Mrs. Brown, which earned Dench her first Academy Award nomination. But it was her turn as another monarch, Queen Elizabeth I in 1998's Shakespeare in Love, that would finally win her an Oscar. Although she only had eight minutes of screen time, she left an indelible impression as the headstrong leader. A few months after taking home the statuette, she netted another American award, the Tony, for her performance in Amy's View, her first Broadway appearance in 40 years. At an age when most people would opt for retirement, Dench is still in high demand, garnering praise and nominations for practically every project she tackles. Outside of acting, she has an avid interest in horse racing. Her own horse, Smokey Oakey, won the 2008 Brigadier Gerard Stakes race. Expand

Judi Dench's Scores

Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 87 Shakespeare in Love
Lowest Metascore: 23 Doogal
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
38 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Cats Dec 20, 2019 Deuteronomy / Old Deuteronomy tbd
45 Red Joan Apr 19, 2019 Joan Stanley 4.6
59 All Is True Dec 21, 2018 Anne Hathaway 5.6
85 Tea with the Dames Sep 21, 2018 Herself 7.0
52 Murder on the Orient Express Nov 10, 2017 Princess Dragomiroff / Princess Dragomiroff 6.4
58 Victoria and Abdul Sep 22, 2017 Queen Victoria / Queen Victoria 5.9
38 Tulip Fever Sep 1, 2017 Abbess / The Abbess Of St. Ursula / The Abbess Of St. Ursula 4.4
57 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Sep 30, 2016 Cast / Miss Avocet / Miss Avocet 6.7
51 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Mar 6, 2015 Evelyn Greenslade / Evelyn Greenslade 6.0
77 Philomena Nov 22, 2013 Philomena Lee / Philomena 7.9
81 Skyfall Nov 9, 2012 M / M / M / M tbd
62 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel May 4, 2012 Cast / Evelyn Greenslade 7.4
65 My Week with Marilyn Nov 23, 2011 Dame Sybil Thorndike / Dame Sybil Thorndike 7.7
59 J. Edgar Nov 9, 2011 Anne Marie Hoover / Anne Marie Hoover 5.7
45 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides May 20, 2011 Cast 6.3
76 Jane Eyre Mar 11, 2011 Mrs. Fairfax 7.4
49 Nine Dec 18, 2009 Lilli 4.5
58 Quantum of Solace Nov 14, 2008 M 6.3
73 Notes on a Scandal Dec 27, 2006 Barbara Covett 7.9
80 Casino Royale Nov 17, 2006 M / M tbd
23 Doogal Feb 24, 2006 Narrator 3.9
71 Mrs Henderson Presents Dec 9, 2005 Mrs. Laura Henderson 7.1
61 Ladies in Lavender. Apr 29, 2005 Ursula 8.0
38 The Chronicles of Riddick Jun 11, 2004 Aereon 7.7
50 Home on the Range Apr 2, 2004 Mrs. Caloway 5.8
61 Bugs! Jul 25, 2003 Narrator tbd
56 Die Another Day Nov 22, 2002 M 8.1
59 Langrishe Go Down Jul 17, 2002 Imogen Langrishe 4.0
60 The Importance of Being Earnest May 22, 2002 Lady Augusta Bracknell 7.3
47 The Shipping News Dec 25, 2001 Agnis Hamm / Agnis Hamm 6.5