Judi Dench to be honoured with IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award


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It’s quite hard not to love Judi Dench and the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) certainly agrees as they’re set to present the actress with the coveted Irish Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the world of film and television, she will receive the award in an intimate ceremony during an “In Conversation” event at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on July 6th.

The event will be presented by none other than Deirdre O’Kane and is supported by Screen Ireland.

The news should come as no surprise given Judie’s impressive list of performances – both on stage and in film.


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No stranger to award ceremonies, Judi has already won an Oscar, not to mention a further seven nominations, ten BAFTA awards, two SAG awards and two Golden Globes for her screen performances.

Her stage work on the other hand, has also seen the actress pick up a Tony Award and seven Olivier Awards.

Given her Irish heritage – her mother was born in Ireland and her  parents met while studying at Trinity College – Judi was thrilled at the annoucment.

“It’s especially wonderful for me to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award from the Irish Film and Television Academy, as my family are from Ireland and it gives me a wonderful excuse to return to Dublin,” she shared in a statement.


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While, Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of IFTA, said: “Judi is a master of her craft; the breadth and variety of her work on stage and screen has solidified her as one of the most respected and iconic actors of her generation.”

Previous recipients of the IFTA Lifetime Achievement Awards include Irish icons such as Maureen O’Hara, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Liam Neeson,Fionnula Flanagan and Joan Bergi.

A limited number of tickets for the event are available for sale to the General Public at €30 per ticket and can be purchased here.

A huge congratulations to her!

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