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Dame Judi Dench, who often tops British polls as ‘Best Actress’, has now broken a record. She just collected her eighth Olivier award at London’s Royal Opera House.
The prestigious ceremony took place on Sunday night.
Rather than being delighted with the news of her record breaking win though, 81 year old Judi joked that she was “absolutely livid”. This was because her grandson had placed a bet with her that she would win the award, and she had therefore lost the bet!
Dame Judi won the Best Supporting Actress for her role of Paulina in William Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale which also starred Sir Kenneth Branagh, who co-directed the tragicomedy which was recently performed in London’s Garrick Theatre.
Sir Kenneth Branagh rather surprisingly missed out on an Olivier award this time round.
The Best Actor in a Musical went to Matt Henry for Kinky Boots which won a total of three awards.
Dame Judi Dench has performed in theater, television and movies since her debut back in 1957. She has starred in over fifty movies in her career including Mrs Brown and Chocolat and is notorious as the character M in Bond movies including Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.
8 time #olivierawards winner (yes, 8!) Judi Dench collecting her Best Actress In A Supporting Role Award.
— Olivier Awards (@OlivierAwards) April 3, 2016
She is no stranger to collecting awards as in her career she has also earned two Golden Globes, ten Baftas, a Tony and an Oscar!
The Olivier Awards also celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday. The audience enjoyed live performances including a duet between host Michael Ball and Cyndi Lauper.
Cyndi Lauper claimed the Best New Musical gong for her production of Kinky Boots.
The musical Gypsy was also a big winner as it received four awards: Best Musical Revival, Best Lighting Design, Best Supporting Actress (Lara Pulver) and Best Actress In a Musical (Imelda Staunton).