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    Born on December 9, 1934 in York, North Yorkshire, England

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Philomena (2013)

Judi Dench as "Philomena Lee"

In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.

Academy Award (2013) Nominated Best Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013) Nominated Leading Actress
Golden Globe (2013) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

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Jenni Miller on Mar 4th 2015, 9:00AM

Mar 4th 2015, 9:00AM

Best of Late Night TV: Ansel Elgort's Embarrassing Bruce Willis Story, Norman Reedus' Best Fan-Licking Requests (VIDEO)

Posted by
Gina Carbone on Mar 4th 2015, 2:30AM

Mar 4th 2015, 2:30AM

Oscar Predictions 2014: Who Will Win Best Actress?

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on Feb 26th 2014, 5:00AM

Feb 26th 2014, 5:00AM

Oscars 2014: Who Are The Best Actress Nominees?

Posted by
Jonny Black on Jan 27th 2014, 4:00AM

Jan 27th 2014, 4:00AM

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2': Richard Gere Checks In

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jan 10th 2014, 12:00PM

Jan 10th 2014, 12:00PM

'Philomena' Star Steve Coogan Is Fed Up With Irony

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Nov 20th 2013, 5:00AM

Nov 20th 2013, 5:00AM

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Is Getting a Sequel

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Oct 29th 2013, 1:30PM

Oct 29th 2013, 1:30PM

Firefighters Serenade Judi Dench in London

Posted by
The Associated Press on Oct 16th 2013, 2:30PM

Oct 16th 2013, 2:30PM

The 'Philomena' Trailer Will Make You Laugh, Break Your Heart (VIDEO)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Sep 30th 2013, 9:05AM

Sep 30th 2013, 9:05AM

Despite Skyfall's Regressive Sexual Politics, Bond Girls Have Been 'Bond Women' for Decades

Posted by
Scott Mendelson on Nov 21st 2012, 6:10AM

Nov 21st 2012, 6:10AM

Skyfall& How James Bond Stays Current at 50

Posted by
Jason Apuzzo on Nov 9th 2012, 11:02AM

Nov 9th 2012, 11:02AM

23 Things To Know About 'Skyfall'

Posted by
Rick Mele on Nov 8th 2012, 9:28AM

Nov 8th 2012, 9:28AM

Popcorn Preview: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted by
Leslie Sisman on May 4th 2012, 7:33AM

May 4th 2012, 7:33AM

'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Maggie Smith's Words Of Wisdom To Judi Dench

Posted by
Jessie Heyman on Apr 18th 2012, 7:50AM

Apr 18th 2012, 7:50AM

'Skyfall': Judi Dench's M Killed In Next James Bond Movie?

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Apr 11th 2012, 10:50AM

Apr 11th 2012, 10:50AM

How to 'Find Yourself' Abroad, According To The Movies

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Mar 8th 2012, 8:06AM

Ralph Fiennes 'Skyfall' Character Revealed?

Posted by
Jessie Heyman on Jan 3rd 2012, 8:40AM

Jan 3rd 2012, 8:40AM

Shaken, Not Stirred: 'Bond 23' Gets an Official Release Date

Posted by
Moviefone Staff on Jun 3rd 2011, 8:40AM

Jun 3rd 2011, 8:40AM

Early Edition: Seniors Fight Zombies; Stephen Fry Joins 'The Hobbit'; More

Posted by
Harley W. Lond on May 19th 2011, 4:00AM

May 19th 2011, 4:00AM

Judi Dench Returns for 'Bond 23'

Posted by
Mike Bracken on Jan 28th 2011, 9:00AM

Jan 28th 2011, 9:00AM

Who're You Calling 'Old'? Senior Citizens Who Kick Ass (in the Movies)

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Sharon Knolle on Oct 14th 2010, 12:20PM

Oct 14th 2010, 12:20PM

And the Oscar Buzz Goes to ... 'Nine'

Posted by
Jane Boursaw on Jan 20th 2010, 1:40PM

Jan 20th 2010, 1:40PM

The Golden Globes Love 'Nine.' Me? Not So Much

Posted by
Pamela Chelin on Jan 13th 2010, 6:58AM

Jan 13th 2010, 6:58AM

James Bond Delayed Due to MGM Woes

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Elisabeth Rappe on Jan 5th 2010, 4:02AM

Jan 5th 2010, 4:02AM

Review: Nine

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Jette Kernion on Dec 24th 2009, 8:33AM

Dec 24th 2009, 8:33AM

Review: 'Nine' Runs Out of Lives

Posted by
Chris Jancelewicz on Dec 23rd 2009, 10:42AM

Dec 23rd 2009, 10:42AM

What's Hot on Inside TV: Brittany Murphy's Best TV Moments, Jude Law Pummels Jimmy Fallon, Judi Dench Talks Sex, Drugs and Connery

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Dec 21st 2009, 12:09PM

Dec 21st 2009, 12:09PM

'Nine' Premiere: Dame Judi on James Bond and Tobey Maguire on Globe Nom (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jenny Hollowell on Dec 17th 2009, 1:00PM

Dec 17th 2009, 1:00PM

Oscars 2010: The Race So Far - Best Supporting Actress

Posted by
Gary Susman on Dec 5th 2009, 5:00AM

Dec 5th 2009, 5:00AM

Penélope Cruz and Kate Hudson Sparkle at the Nine World Premiere

Posted by
Pete Stanton on Dec 4th 2009, 2:19AM

Dec 4th 2009, 2:19AM

Exclusive 'Nine' Poster Premiere!

Posted by
Erik Davis on Nov 23rd 2009, 10:02AM

Nov 23rd 2009, 10:02AM

Be Italian: Trailer for Rob Marshall's 'Nine'

Posted by
Jessica Barnes on May 15th 2009, 10:02AM

May 15th 2009, 10:02AM

Jude Looks Like a Lady -- Image of the Day

Posted by
Erik Davis on Feb 4th 2009, 8:02AM

Feb 4th 2009, 8:02AM

Review: Quantum of Solace -- James's Take

Posted by
James Rocchi on Nov 11th 2008, 4:02PM

Nov 11th 2008, 4:02PM

Kate Hudson Joins Rob Marshall's 'Nine'

Posted by
Erik Davis on Jul 14th 2008, 12:02PM

Jul 14th 2008, 12:02PM

Bond is Back! 'Quantum of Solace' Gets a Trailer!

Posted by
Erik Davis on Jun 30th 2008, 8:00AM

Jun 30th 2008, 8:00AM

Watch for the 'Quantum of Solace' Trailer Monday

Posted by
Eugene Novikov on Jun 27th 2008, 10:32AM

Jun 27th 2008, 10:32AM

Will Daniel Day-Lewis Take the Musical Lead in 'Nine'?

Posted by
Peter Martin on May 14th 2008, 6:35PM

May 14th 2008, 6:35PM

Nicole Kidman and Judi Dench Join 'Nine'

Posted by
Elisabeth Rappe on Apr 4th 2008, 7:02AM

Apr 4th 2008, 7:02AM

Cast Pics from 'Quantum of Solace'

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on Jan 25th 2008, 7:02AM

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