Judi Dench is Britain's best-loved actress of our time. Her very name encourages a warm and admiring response from the public, whether for Shakespearean performances or in the contemporary theatre, or on TV (the series A FINE ROMANCE and AS TIME GOES BY) or in the cinema (MRS BROWN, her Oscar-winning performance in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, IRIS and four James Bond films as 'M'). Now she opens her photograph albums publicly for the first time, contributing substantial career reminiscences and captions to pictures from throughout her seventy years. The private albums are augmented by photographs showing her work across 50 years of acting - on stage, film and TV. Here are previously unseen pictures of Judi's happy childhood in York, schooldays and her first work as an amateur actor in her teens in York. We see her growing up, drama school and the performance that made her name as Juliet in Franco Zefferilli's famous and controversial production at the Old Vic when Judi was in her early twenties. To these are added informal shots back stage and off set, as well as photographs of her own family, her actor husband Michael Williams, daughter Finty and grandson Sam.
Britain's much loved Judi Dench as you have never seen her before.
John Miller's career has principally been in TV and radio (for the BBC) and for ten years until 1992 for the South of England ITV company, TVS. He is the author of biographies of Ralph Richardson, and for W&N/Orion: Judi Dench and Peter Ustinov. He collaborated with John Gielgud on AN ACTOR AND HIS TIME (Pan pb). He has also edited DARLING JUDI (W&N/Orion) which celebrated Judi Dench's 70th birthday. Judi Dench is the foremost actress in the British theatre. Created a DBE in 1988 and a Companion of Honour in 2005. John Miller's career has principally been in TV and radio (for the BBC) and for ten years until 1992 for the South of England ITV company, TVS. He is the author of biographies of Ralph Richardson, Judi Dench and Peter Ustinov. He collaborated with John Gielgud on AN ACTOR AND HIS TIME.