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  • First NameJudi Dench

Dame Judi Dench is an English actress and author. A prima donna performer since the late-1950s, Dench has aged like fine wine.  

Throughout her career, she has racked up a catalog of impeccable TV, movie, and theatre roles and, in the process, won numerous accolades — most illustrious of which include an Academy Award, a Tony Award, six BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Dame Judi Dench has also amassed a prodigious net worth of $35 million as of April 2020. Here is all you need to know about how she did it.

How Dame Judi Dench Made Her Net Worth?

Judi Dench made her professional debut as a stage performer for the Old Vic Company in 1957, She performed in numerous stage plays such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, as well as the musical, Cabaret

She spent the next two decades performing for such establishments as National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company while also developing an extensive TV résumé with roles in A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By

She found success as James Bond’s boss, M, in seven movies in the James Bond movie franchise, namely: Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum Of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012), and saw the casting of two actors as the James Bond character: Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.  

1997 saw Dench in her first starring role as Queen Victoria in the drama movie, Mrs. Brown. The movie garnered Dench her first nomination in the Best Actress category at the 70th Academy Awards

She won her first Academy Award at the 71st Academy Awards for her supporting role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 period romantic-comedy, Shakespeare in Love.  

She would be nominated for five additional Academy Awards for the movies Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) Notes on a Scandal (2006), and Philomena (2013).

Dame Judi Dench has rarely slowed down in her career despite her age, and she still remains an on-screen presence to this day.

Box Office Collection

The table below shows the box-office collection of some of the most commercially successful movies of which Dame Judi Dench has been a part through the years:

MovieBudget (In $)Box Office Revenue (In $)
GoldenEye (1995)60 million355 million
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 110 million333 million
Shakespeare in Love (1998) 25 million289.3 million
The World Is Not Enough (1999) 135 million361.8 million
Chocolat (2000)25 million152,699,946
Die Another Day (2002) 142 million432 million
Casino Royale (2006) 150 million606 million
Quantum of Solace (2008) 230 million589.5 million
Skyfall (2012)150–200 million1.109 billion

Early Life And Childhood

Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench on December 9, 1934, in York, North Yorkshire, England. 

The daughter of doctor Reginald Arthur Dench (who worked as a general practitioner at the York Theatre) and Eleanora Olive Jones (who worked as the theatre’s wardrobe mistress), Judi was born and raised around artists.

She had two brothers, Jeffery Danny Dench and Peter Dench, the former of whom was an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She attended Mount School in York.  

Personal Life: Marriage, And Children 

Judi Dench was married to the English actor Michael Williams for thirty years until he passed away. 

They tied the knot on February 5, 1971, and had one child together, a daughter, Tara Cressida Frances Williams (born on September 24, 1972). Known professionally as Finty Williams, Tara is an actress like her parents.

Michael passed away on January 11, 2001, after a long battle with lung cancer at age 65. 

Despite swearing off relationships, Dench started dating the conservationist David Mills in 2010. Despite being together to this day and still being very much in love, Dench revealed in an interview in 2017 that the couple has no plans of marriage.