Dame Judi Dench gets lifetime achievement award at major film festival in Spain

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"RED JOAN" (Donostia Award) Photo: Pablo Gómez

LEGENDARY British actress Judi Dench has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the famous San Sebastian International film festival in Spain.

Dame Judi Dench, now 83-years-old, is an Oscar-winning actress, receiving an academy award in 1999 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in “Shakespeare in Love”.

On Tuesday she added another award to her collection in the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Donostia Award.

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The  award celebrates “a great film personality in recognition for their work and career”.

Dame Judi was present to collect the award  and, in a brief speech, she recalled visiting San Sebastian as a teen with her family and added she:  “Never thought for a second, that I would be an actress the rest of my life” and receive “such an incredible award” in the resort town.

“I appreciate it very much indeed,” concluded the star.

Past recipients of the treasured award include Gregory Peck, Robert De Niro, Bette Davis, Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep.

Dame Judi’s latest film “Red Joan” was screened at the festival which has received high praise from critics.

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