Monday, December 9, 2013

Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench, b. 1934
Alessandro Raho, 2004.  Oil on canvas, 2521 X 179mm
Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and made possible by JP Morgan
National Portrait Gallery, London

This is postmarked in 2013 with a Shakespeare stamp featuring Dame Judi Dench and two Queen Elizabeth II stamps.

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Dame* Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench (born 9 December 1934) is an English film, stage and television actress and occasional singer. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she played in several of Shakespeare's plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.

Over the next two decades, she established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her film appearances were infrequent until she was cast as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films through to Skyfall (2012).

*Dame is the female equivalent of the honour of knighthood.
Great Britain stamp 2011
Royal Shakespeare Company
The Other Place 1.00
Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth from the 1976 production of Macbeth.

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The Other Place was a black box theatre on Southern Lane, near to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. It was owned and operated by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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