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Dame Judi Dench
Since playing Ophelia in Hamlet at The Old Vic Theatre in 1957, Judi Dench has garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. She has won numerous major awards – including an Academy Award, ten BAFTA Awards and seven Laurence Olivier Awards – for work on both stage and screen. In recognition of her many achievements, she received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, became a Dame of the British Empire in 1988, and in 2005 was awarded a Companion of Honour.