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: 59
Highest Metascore: 87 Shakespeare in Love
Lowest Metascore: 23 Doogal
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
41 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
87 Shakespeare in Love Dec 11, 1998 Queen Elizabeth 7.1
85 Tea with the Dames Sep 21, 2018 Herself 7.5
83 A Room with a View Apr 1, 1986 Eleanor Lavish, A Novelist / Eleanor Lavish, A Novelist tbd
81 Skyfall Nov 9, 2012 M / M / M / M tbd
80 Casino Royale Nov 17, 2006 M / M tbd
79 Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport Sep 15, 2000 Narrator 7.4
77 Philomena Nov 22, 2013 Philomena Lee / Philomena 7.9
76 Jane Eyre Mar 11, 2011 Mrs. Fairfax 7.4
76 Iris Dec 14, 2001 Iris Murdoch 7.3
73 Notes on a Scandal Dec 27, 2006 Barbara Covett 7.9
71 Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown Jul 18, 1997 Queen Victoria 7.2
71 Mrs Henderson Presents Dec 9, 2005 Mrs. Laura Henderson 7.1
65 GoldenEye Nov 17, 1995 M / M tbd
65 My Week with Marilyn Nov 23, 2011 Dame Sybil Thorndike / Dame Sybil Thorndike 6.7
62 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel May 4, 2012 Cast / Evelyn Greenslade 7.4
61 Ladies in Lavender. Apr 29, 2005 Ursula 8.1
61 Bugs! Jul 25, 2003 Narrator tbd
60 The Importance of Being Earnest May 22, 2002 Lady Augusta Bracknell 7.3
59 All Is True Dec 21, 2018 Anne Hathaway 5.9
59 J. Edgar Nov 9, 2011 Anne Marie Hoover / Anne Marie Hoover 6.0
59 Langrishe Go Down Jul 17, 2002 Imogen Langrishe 4.0
58 Victoria and Abdul Sep 22, 2017 Queen Victoria / Queen Victoria 5.9
58 Quantum of Solace Nov 14, 2008 M 6.3
57 The World Is Not Enough Nov 19, 1999 M 6.3
57 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Sep 30, 2016 Cast / Miss Avocet / Miss Avocet 6.7
56 Die Another Day Nov 22, 2002 M 7.8
53 Tea with Mussolini May 14, 1999 Arabella 7.4
52 Tomorrow Never Dies Dec 19, 1997 M 7.5
52 Murder on the Orient Express Nov 10, 2017 Princess Dragomiroff / Princess Dragomiroff 6.4
51 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Mar 6, 2015 Evelyn Greenslade / Evelyn Greenslade 6.0