Dame Judi Dench has signed on to play in the true life story of Philomena Lee, a heartbroken Irish mother whose search for her long lost son she gave up for adoption ended up at his grave. The film will be directed by Stephen Frears. Due to be shot in Ireland, Dench will play the role of Lee, an Irish unmarried woman who was forced to give her baby up for adoption after being committed to a Catholic institution in the s. The son, whose adoptive name was Michael Hess, was secretly sold by nuns in Tipperary to a wealthy American couple.
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She made her professional debut in 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. In , she drew excellent reviews for her leading role of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret. 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 received critical acclaim for her work on television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance — and As Time Goes By — , in both of which she held starring roles. Her film appearances were infrequent, and included supporting roles in major films, such as James Ivory 's A Room with a View , before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye , a role she continued to play in James Bond films until her final appearance in Spectre
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Gothic horror movies come in all kinds of packages, but before Notes on a Scandal , none has starred Dame Judi Dench as a spinster schoolmarm with lesbian tendencies. She doesn't suck blood, bare fangs or ravish wispy maidens in their bedrooms, but her Barbara Covett is one of the spookiest ghouls I've seen on-screen since Dracula. Dench can, of course, do anything.
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