British actress of film and television born in Yorkshire in 1934. His real name is Judith Olivia Dench. It is linked to the Royal Shakespeare Company since its first season there in 1961, in which he role of Anya in the Cherry Orchard, Chekhov's garden. However, he has performed an extraordinary variety of classical, modern, music papers, films and TV, especially sitcoms.
He made his professional debut as Ophelia in Hamlet at the Old Vic in 1957. Able to be at the same time it lasts and seductive, it has triumphed in roles as diverse as the Duchess of Malfi (the Duchess of Malfi, Webster, 1971), Beatrice (much ADO and ADO, Shakespeare, 1976), and the protagonist of mother courage and her children by Bertolt Brecht, 1984). In the National Theatre he has performed in the roles of Lady Bracknell (the importance of being earnest, by Oscar Wilde, 1982), and Cleopatra (Marco Antonio and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, 1987). In 1988, he made his debut as Director of scene with much ADO and ADO, to the Renaissance Theatre Company.
In the film it has excelled in many fuilmes, which include a room with views, tea with Mussolini or the Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh, in addition to being the famous Chief spy M in the saga of James Bond movies. His superb interpretation of Queen Victoria at her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (1997) earned his first nomination to the Oscar for best actress, but its first statuette came the following year, as supporting actress in Shakespeare in love. It was also nominated for the best supporting actress for her role in Chocolat (2000); and as best actress for his prodigious recreation of Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001) film. Four years later, in 2005, returned to be nominated for best actress principal in Mrs. Henderson presents.
In 1988 was ordered Lady of the British Empire.
1985: A past in sombras.1986: A room with a view; La carte final.1988: A handful of polvo.1989: Enrique V.1990: want to know what I think? 1995: Goldeneye; Jack and Sarah.1997: her Majesty Mrs. Brown; Hamlet.1998: Shakespeare enamorado.1999: 007. The world is not enough; Moussolini.1999 tea: tea with Mussolini. 2000: Chocolat. 2002: Tying ropes, Iris. 2004: The Chronicles of Riddick; The importance of being earnest; Last spring. 2005: Pride and prejudice; Mrs. Henderson presents.