Dame Judi Dence

“For many years now I have been a Patron of Baby Lifeline, a unique national charity that supports the care of pregnant women and newborn babies all over the UK.

Founded by Judy Ledger in 1981, following the personal loss of three premature babies, I am proud to say that this small charity has managed to raise over £10 million to purchase vital equipment in maternity units. It also provides specialist training to many thousands of health professionals, such as midwives, obstetricians, GPs, paramedics and more.

Baby Lifeline is now in the midst of its most ambitious appeal so far – ‘Monitoring for Mums’, which is striving to raise £5 million to fund urgently needed fetal monitoring equipment requested by NHS hospitals all over the country, with the aim of reducing the number of stillbirths and literally saving babies’ lives.

Please support us in any way you can? Funds raised will make such a difference to so many of our mums to be and their unborn and new born babies – our future generation.”

Dame Judith Olivia “Judi” Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare’s plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Although most of her work during this period was in theatre, she also branched into film work and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.

Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She achieved success in television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance from 1981 until 1984, and in 1992 with a starring role in the romantic comedy series As Time Goes By. Her film appearances were infrequent and included supporting roles in major films such as A Room with a View (1986) supporting Maggie Smith, before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films until Skyfall (2012).

A seven-time Oscar nominee, 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 (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), and Philomena (2013). She has also received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her competitive awards include six British Academy Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards, seven Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, and a Tony Award. She has also received the BAFTA Fellowship (2001) and the Special Olivier Award (2004). In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). Dench is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Dame Judi Dench photography by Sarah Dunn www.sarahdunn.com

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