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People in Film | Dame Judi Dench
Posted November 30, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Dame Judi Dench"
Get the inside line on the Oscar-winning British actress who plays Mrs. Fairfax in Focus Features’ adaptation of Jane Eyre.
Dame Judi Dench | Never Predictable
Though she is often associated with costume dramas, Judi Dench has made a point in her career of never being pigeon-holed. She’s not only played M in six Bond movies (plus voiced the character for a number of Bond video games), but she toughed it out as Aereon in The Chronicles of Riddick opposite Vin Diesel. She’s directed Shakespeare on stage and John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger on television. And though not a classically trained singer, she originated the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret in 1968 on the London stage, and in 2009 appeared in the diva-packed musical Nine. “I don't want to be thought of as recognizable – I always want to do the most different thing I can think of next,” she once said in a 2009 interview. “I don't want to be known for one thing, or as having done huge amounts of Shakespeare and the classics. …On stage I am not trying to be myself, I'm trying to be someone else, the more unlike me the better. I remember someone who saw me in Juno and the Paycock said I was completely unrecognizable. How marvelous.”