Celebrity Profile

Dame Judi Dench

English actress Dame Judi Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company and in the following few years, she performed in several Shakespeare plays. Over the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers. She received critical praise in television during this period and moved into supporting roles in major films, such as A Room With a View before she rose to international fame as M Goldeneye in 1995.

A seven-time Oscar nominee, Dame Judi Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, and has received nominations for her roles in Mrs Brown, Chocolat, Iris, Mrs Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, and Philomena. She’s also received many other accolades for her acting in theatre, film, and television, including 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 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 and she is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

We are honoured that this year Dame Judi has donated a pair of navy leather Kurt Geiger shoes in a size 36 to the Celebrity Shoe Auction.