Judi Dench becomes most nominated actress in Bafta Film Awards history

The Philomena actress has overtaken Meryl Streep as the most recognised Bafta actress with her 15th nomination for her performance opposite Steve Coogan

Dame Judi Dench has become the most nominated actress in Bafta history. 


The shortlist for the 2014 Bafta Film Awards, which was released this morning, saw the 79-year-old British actress receive her 15th Bafta nomination for her role in film Philomena.

The film, which also starred Steve Coogan, tells the true story of Philomena Lee, an elderly Irish woman searching for the son who was forcibly taken from her while she was living in a nunnery.

Dench will go up against American Hustle’s Amy Adams, Blue Jasmine’s Cate Blanchett, Saving Mr Banks’ Emma Thompson and Gravity’s Sandra Bullock for the prize.

The nod means that Dench has now overtaken Meryl Streep, who previously held the title of the most nominated actress. 

Dench’s first Bafta nomination came in 1965 when she won a newcomer award for her role in Four in the Morning. She’s since gone on to win five further Baftas for roles in A Room with a View, A Handful of Dust, Mrs. Brown, Shakespeare in Love and Iris. She’s also been nominated 13 times for Bafta TV awards. 

For her performance in Philomena, Dench is currently nominated for best actress at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, as well as being hotly tipped for a nod at this year’s Oscars. 

The EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony will take place on 16 February at The Royal Opera House.