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Dame Judi Dench (1934–) is an English actress, who has received wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. Dench was born in York, England, where Dame Judi Dench Walk, near the Museum Gardens, was named in her honour. Through her parents, Dench had regular contact with the world of theatre as her father was an amateur actor and the doctor for the York theatre, and her mother was its wardrobe mistress. Actors often stayed in the Dench household. During these years, Dench was involved on a non-professional basis in the first three productions of the modern revival of the York Mystery Plays in 1951, 1954 and 1957. On leaving the Mount School, a Quaker school in York, Dench went to art school to study theatre design but switched to a course at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. She graduated with four acting prizes, including the Gold Medal as Outstanding Student.