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Who is Judi Dench?

Dame Judith Olivia Dench was born on 9 December 1934, in York, North Yorkshire, England, and is best known as the actress who portrayed M in “Skyfall” and other movies from the James Bond franchise, and Barbara Covett in “Notes on a Scandal”. Additionally, as her talent was recognized, she has been rewarded with a Dame –hood (female Knighthood) and an Oscar.

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Net Worth and Ethnicity

So just how rich is Judi Dench as of early 2018? According to authoritative sources, this actress has a net worth of over $35 million, accumulated from her over five decades long career in the previously mentioned field. Dench is Caucasian, and was born into a family of Irish ancestry. She has grey hair, but when she was younger, she had dark brown hair.

Early life and Career

Judi was a student of Mount School, a Quaker secondary school located in York. Subsequently, she developed a prominent reputation as one of the most important post-war period actresses, most importantly through her work in theater. Both of her parents had theater-affiliated jobs, and besides that, a lot of actors would often stay in the Dench household, thus it was only natural for Judi to pursue her career down that path. She made her debut professional appearance in September 1957, working with the Old Vic Company at the Royal Court Theatre, located in Liverpool, portraying Ophelia in “Hamlet”. In 1959, Judi was cast to play the main role of Hilda Lessways, in the series of the same title, ultimately appearing in its six episodes and working with actors such as Brian Smith and Violet Carson.

TV career begins

Having finished with the previously mentioned project, Judi she joined the cast of “ITV Play of the Week”, during the same year, continuing to appear in it over the course of the next seven years. However, in the meantime, she portrayed minor characters in several television series such as “Festival” in 1964, and “The Detective” in the same year. Additionally, in 1965, she was cast to play the role of Sally in the crime mystery film entitled “A Study in Terror”. As of 1974, Dench landed the role of Katherine in “Luther”, a biographical drama film which received a mixed response from the audience – the movie, in which she worked side-by-side with Stacy Keach and Patrick Magee, follows the story of Martin Luther, the man whose views caused a rift between the church and peasants. In the same year, she had yet another project, portraying Laura Davidson in “Dead Cert”, and starring with Scott Antony. Continuing to work at a rapid pace, in 1980 she was cast to play Sadie in “Love in a Cold Climate”, playing one of the main characters, opposite Michael Aldrich and Michael Williams,  and then Judi began portraying Laura in “A Fine Romance” in 1981, ultimately appearing in 26 episodes of the series, and eventually leaving it in 1984; Judi’s performance in the series was rewarded with a BAFTA TV Award for Best Lights Entertainment Performance. In the following year she starred as Dory Edgehill in “Star Quality: Mr. And Mrs. Edgehill”, which received a generally positive response from the critics and the audience. Having a lot on her plate in the following period, she worked on projects such as “A Handful of Dust” in 1988, and “Behaving Badly” in the following year, ultimately appearing in the four episodes of the latter. In the same year, Dench landed the role of mistress Nell Quickly, in the award-winning movie “Henry V”, which was additionally rewarded with 10 awards such as BAFTA Famil, CFCA, and European film award and was nominated for 13 more.

Continuing career, including voice-overs

In 1996, Dench provided voice recordings for television series entitled “1914-1918”, and a year later, portrayed M in “Tomorrow Never Dies”, a Golden Globe-winning James Bond movie, which was additionally rewarded with six awards, such as Saturn, and BMI Film Music Award. In the next period, she continued portraying the same character in the James Bond franchise, plus as of 1999, she played the role of Arabella in the drama comedy movie entitled “Tea With Mussolini”, in which she collaborated with Cher and Joan Plowright and which ended up winning a BAFTA Award, and was nominated for three others. In the same year, Judi had yet another James Bond project, entitled “The World is Not Enough”.

The present millenium

In 2001, she landed the role of Iris in the movie of the same title, which received a generally favorable review from the critics, and won an Oscar. In 2002, the actress had two prominent projects, “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Die Another Day”, another James Bond movie, which follows the story the secret agent as he is sent to investigate the connection between a diamond mogul and a North Korean terrorist, and which was ultimately nominated for 35 awards and won six, including Empire, and BMI Film Music Awards. In the following year, Judi provided voice recordings for the video game “James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing”, and in 2005 played Lady Catherine de Bourgh in the movie adaptation of “Pride & Prejudice”, which follows the story of two 19th century people from different social classes who fall in love; the movie was nominated for four Oscars, and won BSFC, Carnie, and Empire Awards.

In the next year, Dench joined the cast of “Notes on a Scandal”, an appraised movie which follows the story of a veteran high school teacher who makes friends with a young art teacher. In 2007, Judi was cast to play Miss Matty Jenkins in “Cranford”, a television series which received generally positive response from the audience, and which won 16 awards, including Primetime Emmy and BAFTA TV Awards, in addition to being nominated for four Golden Globes. As of 2011, Dench portrayed Mrs. Fairfax in “Jane Eyre”, collaborating with actors such as Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell and Su Elliot, and which ultimately received a positive response from the audience, and was nominated for an Oscar. Subsequently, Judi played Queen Victoria in the movie entitled “Victoria and Abdul”, which follows the story of Queen Victoria who befriends a young Indian man named Abdul Karim. She also played the role of Princess Dragomiroff in “Murder on the Orient Express” in 2017, and in the following year she began working on “Red Joan”, in which she portrays the main character, Joan Stanley. To conclude, Dench has had 122 acting gigs, which helped establish her name in the acting world, and boosted her net worth very considerably.

Private Life and Relationship with Michael Williams

In 1971, Judi married Michael Williams, a British actor, with whom she had a daughter named Tara, known as Finty Williams in the acting world. However, her husband died in 2001 from lung cancer. Since 2010, she has been in a relationship with David Mills, and in one interview spoke about how she found love again after her husband’s death.

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