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Judi Dench

Judi Dench is an English actress, artist and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company.

Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare’s plays, in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.

Although most of her work during this period was in theatre, she also branched into film work and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She drew rave reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.

Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She received critical acclaim for her work on television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance (1981–1984) and As Time Goes By (1992–2005), in both of which she held starring roles.

Her film appearances were infrequent, and included supporting roles in major films, such as A Room with a View (1986), before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films until Skyfall (2012).

A seven-time Academy Award nominee, Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998); her other Oscar-nominated roles were in Mrs Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Philomena (2013).

She has also received many other accolades for her acting in theatre, film, and television; her other competitive awards include six British Academy Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards, seven Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.

She has also received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, and the Special Olivier Award in 2004. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). Dench is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

  • Full name: Dame Judith Olivia Dench CH DBE FRSA
  • Profession: British actress
  • Born: 9 December 1934 (age 85 years), Heworth, York
  • Spouse: Michael Williams (m. 1971–2001)
  • TV shows: As Time Goes By, A Fine Romance, Cranford
  • Upcoming movies: Artemis Fowl, Blithe Spirit, Six Minutes to Midnight
  • Children: Finty Williams
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Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is a British actress. She has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards.

Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in 1995, before making her breakthrough with the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, for which she won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Newcomer.

She then starred in the 2003 fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean, playing Elizabeth Swann, a role that she would reprise in the subsequent films of the franchise.

She went on to appear in the Christmas film Love Actually (2003) and portrayed Guinevere in King Arthur (2004).

A significant turning point came in her career when Knightley received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for starring as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005).

She became known for starring in several other period dramas, earning a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nomination for Atonement (2007), and earning critical praise for her performances as Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), Sabina Spielrein in A Dangerous Method (2011), and the titular characters in Anna Karenina (2012) and Colette (2018).

Knightley received her second Academy Award nomination for portraying Joan Clarke in the historical drama The Imitation Game (2014).

Her contemporary film roles were in the romantic comedy Begin Again (2013), the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), the adventure film Everest (2015), and the docudrama Official Secrets (2019).

On stage, Knightley has appeared on the West End in Martin Crimp’s 2009 production of The Misanthrope, which earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award.

She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin. Knightley is known for her outspoken stance on social issues, and has worked extensively with Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Comic Relief.

She was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.

  • Full name: Keira Christina Knightley, OBE
  • Profession: British actress
  • Born: 26 March 1985 (age 35 years), Teddington
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: James Righton (m. 2013)
  • Children: Edie Knightley Righton