Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic, playing roles such as Ophelia, Julet and Lady Macbeth. In the next few years, she was the recipient of a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer, and drew strong reviews for playing Sally Bowles in Cabaret in 1968. During the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the NT and the RSC, whilst achieving success on the television in the 80s for A Fine Romance and in the 90s for As Time Goes By. Since then, she has become internationally recognisable for her repeated portrayals on M in the James Bond film series, her Oscar nominated portrayals of Queen Victoria and Iris Murdoch, and her acclaimed performances in Mrs Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, Chocolat, and Shakespeare in Love, for which she won the Academy Award in 1998. Dame Judi's other awards include nine subsequent BAFTAs, seven Olivier Awards, two SAG Awards, two Golden Globes and a Tony Award. She was most recently seen on the London stage in Michael Grandage's production of Madame de Sade (Donmar at Wyndham's), in Peter Hall's Midsummer Night's Dream for the Rose in Kingston and in Peter and Alice at the Gielgud Theatre for the Michael Grandage Company. This year she was nominated for her eighth Academy Award for her performance in Philomena opposite Steve Coogan.