Dame Judi Dench. In Britain, Dench has developed a reputation as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, primarily through her work in theatre, which has been her forte throughout her career. She has more than once been named number one in polls for Britain's best actress. In the U.S., she is known and loved for her television and film work.
You can't help but love Dame Judy Dench - whether she's M in "Skyfall" or playing Queen Elizabeth in "Shakespeare in Love" or just a regular person in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" - you follow her from start to finish. She is an acting powerhouse.