“Tea with the Dames” to hit U.S. theaters September 21

What happens when four legends of British stage and screen get together? Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, and Dame Joan Plowright are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, and BAFTAs between them. They are also longtime […]

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Prrof positive there’s ‘Nothing Like a Dame’!

Recently, four ‘forces of nature’ converged in Sussex to film a documentary about their decades of acting on both stage and screen. Nothing Like a Dame, which features the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Aitkins and Dame Joan Plowright, is the first time the actresses/friends have ever appeared together on screen. The […]

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Happy 83rd, Dame Judi Dench! Trees and Champagne for everyone!

I’m now fully convinced that if you looked up the definition of brilliant in the dictionary, there would simply be a photo of Dame Judi Dench. Turning 83 years young today, the Oscar/Tony/BAFTA/Laurence Olivier/Golden Globe/Screen Actors Guild award winner is embarking on a new chapter in her life. Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees, airing […]

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Lethal Bizzle teaches Dame Judi Dench how to rap…no, really!

As if we didn’t know this already, I am now thoroughly convinced that there is nothing Dame Judi Dench cannot do or won’t try. The 82-year-old actress whose unforgettable performances on screen, stage and television over the decades have made her a national treasure can now add rapping to her CV after a brief rapping tutorial from […]

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Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria in ‘Victoria & Abdul’

With BBC and PBS audiences currently in the middle of some serious separation anxiety waiting (im)patiently for the return of Victoria, along comes the greatness of Dame Judi Dench to bridge the gap and, hopefully, pass the time a bit more quickly. Victoria & Abdul, which opens in theaters on September 22, tells the extraordinary true story […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench board the Orient Express for Agatha Christie’s whodunnit

As most P1’s of Tellyspotting are well aware, I’m not a huge fan of remakes. I’m all on board with prequels. Remakes, not so much. That said, the forthcoming November release of Kenneth Branagh’s ‘remake’ of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express may go a long way to alter my future close-mindedness. Sir Kenneth will not only co-produce and […]

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A Dame and a Sir unveil tribute to Sir John Gielgud

Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen have unveiled a blue plaque commemorating the London home of stage and screen star Sir John Gielgud. The English Heritage plaque at number 16 Cowley Street in Westminster marks the brown brick Georgian townhouse where Sir John lived for 31 years, from May 1945 to February 1976. Started in […]

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Prince Charles schools Britain’s best during Shakespeare Live! celebration

“To be or not to be” was the question of the evening on Saturday as a veritable ‘who’s who’ of the British acting world assembled on stage to honor the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. It was a rather impressive line-up of greatness who performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon to celebrate the Bard’s […]

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