OSCAR winning actress Judi Dench has just discovered some shocking family history in her latest appearance on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are.
We take a look at who the actresses father is, Reginald, along with who she discovered to have links to.
Who was Judi Dench's dad Reginald?
Judi’s father was Reginald Arthur Dench.
He was born on October 25, 1987 and passed away in 1964.
He was born in Dorset, England and later moved to Dublin, where he was brought up.
He met Dench’s mother while he was studying medicine at Trinity College, Dublin.
He then specialised his medical profession into becoming a physician.
As Well as being a physician, he was also the GP for the York theatre group.
Who was her mother Eleanora?
Dench’s mother was Eleanora Olive Jones.
There little information about her mother but what we do know is that she was born in Ireland.
She also worked as a wardrobe mistress.
Judging by Judi’s fathers age, it is fair to assume that her mother too has passed.
What other distant family does Judi Dench have?
The Oscar-winning British actress starred in the BBC’s people Who Do You Think You Are series.
After digging into her family's heritage, the 86-year-old star discovered that she has links to both Danish and Swedish royal families.
“I had no idea about any of that,” she admitted while being shocked.
“Or even that we had any Danish connections, but this I have found out is my mother’s family and now of course I want to explore it further.
“And now I believe there are Swedish connections too, this may well prompt a visit there as well!”
She also found out that her maternal ancestor was a lady in waiting in the Danish royal family, as well as having links to William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
“I hope my maternal eight times Grandmother liked Shakespeare otherwise she might have given the evening a miss!”
“But knowing that [one of the early actors in Shakespeare's plays] Will Kempe visited the castle and presumably performed there does make me feel that I have got a step nearer to my beloved Shakespeare."
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