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JUDI DENCH is M, Bond's boss and the Head of MI6, the British Secret Service. Dench reprises her role as M for the fifth time in CASINO ROYALE, having appeared in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.

In a career spanning more than 40 years on stage, screen and television, Dench has won numerous awards, beginning with the BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer (1965) and, more recently, the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love (1998). In addition, she has received Academy Award® nominations for Mrs. Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000) and Iris (2001). In 2005, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award® for her performance in the title role of Mrs. Henderson Presents. She has been nominated for no less than 12 BAFTA Awards, winning nine, and has more than 50 nominations and wins for other awards in the U.S. and U.K. for her work on screen.

Her recent stage performances include "Amy's View” in London and on Broadway, "All's Well That Ends Well” for The Royal Shakespeare Company and, most recently, Noel Coward's "Hay Fever” in the West End directed by Peter Hall.

Other recent film credits include Tea with Mussolini, The Importance of Being Earnest and Pride and Prejudice. She recently appeared alongside Dame Maggie Smith in Charles Dance's well-received directorial debut, Ladies in Lavender, and in the title role of Stephen Frears' Mrs. Henderson Presents, starring alongside Bob Hoskins, Will Young and Kelly Reilly. She will next be seen in Notes on a Scandal with Cate Blanchett, which was directed by Richard Eyre.

In 1970 Judi Dench was awarded the Order of the British Empire, and in 1988 she became a Dame of the British Empire. In the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honors, Judi was made a Companion of Honor. She was recently awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship, the British entertainment industry's highest accolade.


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