Drawing: Dame Judi Dench as Elizabeth I

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Dame Judi Dench is considered to be one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, primarily through her work in theatre, including several of Shakespeare’s plays.

However, it was a Shakespearean role in a film about the Bard that won her film’s most coveted award – the Oscar (she also won the BAFTA). Playing Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1999) for only a few minutes earned her the Best Supporting Actress statue. In her acceptance speech she said “I feel for eight minutes on the screen, I should only get a little bit of him.” Her understated take on the monarch does set much of the film’s plot in motion.

Dame Judi signed my sketch through the post and sent me a nice complimentary letter.

7 thoughts on “Drawing: Dame Judi Dench as Elizabeth I

  1. Just fantastic! Being from the states and (I feel) somewhat enlightened by British comedy – I just can’t get ‘Yes, Minister’ (and a little ‘To the Manor Born’) out of my mind when I look at this … not that Judi brings this out, it’s the texture and frazzled wit of the strokes that frame Elizabeth’s stoic sternness that gives her a smart and chiseled finish. Classic, dry and utterly English!


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