First look at Dame Judi Dench in star-studded TV special 47



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In case you missed it, 2016 marks 400 years since Shakespeare’s birth and British actors are going barmy for the Bard – on stage, in film and on the small screen.

Most exciting of all is the announcement that Judi Dench will star in the second trilogy of films in the BBC’s Hollow Crown series, along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Bonneville from Downton Abbey.

The BBC has just released this teaser, and it looks great!


Dame Judi has been performing in Kenneth Branner’s stage performance of The Winter’s Tale, which has been screened in cinemas around the world.

As if that wasn’t reminder enough of why we adore Judi Dench, Mia Farrow shared this image as a “throwback Thursday” on Twitter:

What do you think it is about Judi Dench that makes her so special? Which is your favourite role of hers of all time?

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  1. Natural talent, add good training, add playing rep for years, add a happy home life equals so many excellent portrayals of many and varied characters. In Diary of a Scandal, she is the epitome of nasty, as Desiree in “A Little Night Music” she is vulnerable, (her Send in the Clowns is a masterclass in understatement) and in Iris, Tea with Mussolini, Ladies in Lavender, Chocolat – oops I’m raving on. Dame Judi is awesome in everything she does and as you might guess, I’m a fan.

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