Judi Dench: A Versatile and Acclaimed Actress
Judi Dench is one of Britain’s best actresses, who has won numerous awards for her work in film, television and theatre. She is known for her roles in Shakespearean plays, James Bond films, period dramas and comedies.
Judi Dench was born on 9 December 1934 in York, England. She is currently 88 years old.
Her parents were Eleanora Olive (née Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench MC & Bar (1897–1964), who was a doctor from Dorset, England. Her father served in World War I and later became a GP.
She married actor Michael Williams in 1971. They had a happy marriage until his death from lung cancer in 2001. They often worked together on stage and screen.
She has one daughter, Finty Williams, who is also an actress. She has one grandson, Sam Williams.
She had an older brother, Jeffery Dench (1928–2014), who was also an actor. He appeared with her in several productions. She also has a niece, Emma Dench, who is a professor of ancient history at Harvard University.
She began her career in 1957 at the Old Vic Theatre Company. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1961 and played many leading roles such as Ophelia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She made her film debut in The Third Secret (1964) and later starred in A Room with a View (1985), Mrs Brown (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Iris (2001), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Philomena (2013). She is best known for playing M in seven James Bond films from GoldenEye (1995) to Skyfall (2012). She also appeared in many popular TV shows such as As Time Goes By (1992–2005), Cranford (2007–2009) and A Fine Romance (1981–1984).
According to Celebrity Net Worth1, she has an estimated net worth of $60 million as of 2023.