40 Unstoppable Women Who Are Changing the World

33. Judi Dench

“I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself – that is the best combination.”

One of the most naturally gifted actresses in British history, it is no surprise that Judi Dench has become one of the most decorated stars of the screen in our country. The seven-time Oscar nominee was a popular theatre performer before she became a megastar as M in the James Bond film GoldenEye.

Her success in the role saw her cement her place in the franchise for 20 years. She was made Judi Dench in 1998 and has been recognized for her outstanding contribution to the arts.