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Judi Dench voted greatest stage actor

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Image: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Of all time reads the headline, though it must be difficult to compare any actor today with stage actors long dead? But setting aside this carping comment and a few others, we are glad to see Dame Judi admired.

One photo in the Telegraph gallery of stage shots documenting her career shows her with a young woman, each of them in 18th century dress with the same elaborately coiffed red-gold hair. They are facing and clasping each other - almost as if the older Judi held an image of her younger stage self in her arms.

Revealing a lovely side of Dame Judi are quotes from fellow actors and friends.

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