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Record eighth win for Dame Judi at the Olivier Awards

By Staff Reporter

Dame Judi Dench has made history at the Olivier Awards as she has now won more of the gongs for acting than any other performer.

The actress was named best actress in a supporting role for The Winter's Tale at the ceremony held at London's Royal Opera House. Her win for her role as Paulina in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's production takes her total win of Olivier Awards to eight.

As she collected her award, she joked she was "livid" as her win meant she had lost a bet with her grandson.

She said: "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm absolutely livid as I had a bet with my grandson ... and I'm never going to be able to forget it."

She praised "a really fantastic company and crew and stage management", saying of the award: "It's lovely to have, but in actual fact it belongs to all those people just as much as it belongs to me."

Belfast star Sir Kenneth lost out in the best actor category as Kenneth Cranham took home the best actor award for The Father. Denise Gough won best actress win for People, Places And Things.

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