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Young Judi Dench: Life Story and Gorgeous Photos of One of the Most Celebrated Actresses of her Generation

Judi Dench is a multi-award-winning actress, artist, and author. Her career span over seven decades and she is known for her perfectionism, masterly techniques, unique style of expression, and ability to master even the most difficult roles. She has portrayed numerous stage roles and worked in television and movies.

Her first stage appearance was as a snail in a play at her Quaker junior school. Dench made her stage debut in 1957 as Ophelia in the Old Vic production of “Hamlet”. The following year she made her Broadway debut in “Twelfth Night”. In 1959, Dench appeared in the television series “Hilda Lessways”. The 1960s brought her to the big screen and she earned her first British Academy award for her portrayal of a young wife in the movie “Four in the morning (19650)”. She gained international recognition in the 1990s as a character in the James Bond franchise and she reprised the character for another six Bond films. In 1996, Dench made history by winning two Laurence Olivier awards for different roles. She was named an Order of the British Empire in 1970 and honored with the title of Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988. Dench performed in more than 150 movies, Television shows, and theatres in her career and she is still active in the showbiz industry. In 2020, Dench became the oldest star to appear on the cover of British Vogue in its 104-year history.

Dench married actor Michael Williams in 1971 and they remained married until his death in 2001. The couple had one child, the actress Finty Williams.

Here below are some stunning photos of young Judi Dench from her early career and life.

#1 Judi Dench at a dress rehearsal of ‘Hamlet’ at the Old Vic theatre, London, 11th September 1957.

#6 Judi Dench as Juliet and John Stride as Romeo in a rehearsal of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo And Juliet’ at the Old Vic, London, 30th September 1960.

#7 Judi Dench with Peggy Mount in the Old Vics new production of Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet”, 1960.

#8 Judi Dench and actor Eric Porter with their British Academy for Film and Television Arts awards, 1967.

#10 Judi Dench in her dressing room after the successful first night of the musical “Cabaret”, 1965.

#11 Judi Dench standing on a bed in a scene from episode ‘Anytime You’re Ready I’ll Sparkle’, of the television series ‘Talking to a Stranger’, June 15th 1966.

#18 Judi Dench as Titania and Paul Rogers as Bottom during the filming of Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 1968.

#19 Judi Dench as Sally Bowles in a photocall for Harold Prince’s production of ‘Cabaret’ at the Palace Theatre, London, 27th February 1968.

#20 Judi Dench modelling a muti-coloured grosgrain beret from the Christian Dior spring collection, 1968.

#24 Judi Dench and Michael Williams getting married at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Hampstead, London, February 5th 1971.

#27 Judi Dench at Heathrow airport in London as she awaits a flight to Tokyo, Japan on 1st February 1972.

#30 Judi Dench with John Mills and JB Priestley during rehearsals for a musical version of his novel ‘The Good Companions’, London, 1974.

#37 Judi Dench with Susan Penhaligon stars of ITV TV comedy programme’ A Fine Romance’, October 1981

#40 Judi Dench as the Queen and Alec McCowen in the title role at a dress rehearsal for a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’ at the Old Vic, London, 4th May 1960.

#43 Judi Dench using a telephone in bed, in a scene from television series ‘Talking to a Stranger’, June 15th 1966.

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