85-Year-Old Actress Judi Dench Makes History as Oldest Person Featured on Vogue Cover

When it comes to accomplishments, Oscar-winning actress Dame Judith Olivia Dench has plenty of them. But we can now add to her list that she is the oldest actor or model to ever grace the cover of the British Vogue magazine. At age 85, the legendary actress is radiant and exquisite. Appearing on the iconic magazine’s June 2020 issue, Judi was photographed in March for the magazine’s cover just before a lockdown was introduced in the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic. Judi herself noted that “I am sure I feel like everyone else, such unprecedented times are quite hard to comprehend,” voicing what many of her fellow citizens are feeling right now.

In an Instagram post, Judi was hailed by Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful as “one of the nation’s most beloved citizens.” He added that Dench is the “unassailable queen of stage and screen,” and that he “can’t tell you how pleased I am.” Dench told Giles Hattersley that retirement is out of the question for her and that she has an “enduring love of champagne” (don’t we all!). Quarantined at her ancient home in the English countryside (it was built in 1690), Judi sends a message of hope, Enninful says. He adds that in these uncertain times, Judi is “comfort personified” and “one of the most celebrated actors of a generation.”

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At the beginning of March, before the world went into lockdown, @BritishVogue enjoyed an audience with one of the nation’s most beloved citizens. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see Dame Judi Dench, the unassailable queen of stage and screen, starring on her first Vogue cover at the age of 85 – making her the oldest cover star in the history of the magazine. For the June 2020 issue, she speaks to @GilesHattersley about everything from why retirement is out of the question to her enduring love of champagne, and brings a message of hope from her own quarantine in the English countryside. Click the link in bio to read the interview and see the full story in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download Thursday 7 May. #JudiDench wears a trench coat by @DolceGabbana. Photographed by @Nick_Knight and styled by @KPhelan123, with hair by @SamMcKnight1, make-up by @TheValGarland, nails by @MikePocock and set design by @TomoTattle.

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Enninful calls Judi a “national treasure,” and points out that she’s still a “firm fixture” as an A-list actress in Hollywood. This in itself is rare, and only a few actresses have been able to maintain A-list status into their ninth decades. Even better, Judi is a person who is committed to aging gracefully, also rare in her industry. She’s obviously doing it very well. For the photo below, Judi is wearing a dress by Elie Saab World, Enningful says. The lady definitely looks pretty in pink. What an absolutely beautiful woman (and an amazing photo, too). The comments say that Judi shows the “best evolution of fashion excellence.”

Because of the exceptional circumstances of the worldwide pandemic lockdown, Condé Nast has made the June 2020 issue of British Vogue free to download. To download your free copy, use Google Play or the App Store and click the red “download” box under the June 2020 issue of British Vogue.

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In uncertain times, Dame Judi Dench is comfort personified. Now in her ninth decade, and one of the most celebrated actors of a generation, as well as a national treasure, she is still a firm fixture on Hollywood’s A-list. For the June 2020 issue of @BritishVogue, the star gets candid with @GilesHattersley to discuss romance and marriage, her impressive accolades, and the art of aging gracefully. Read the full interview in the new issue, on newsstands and available for digital download Thursday 7 May. #JudiDench wears a coat by #GiorgioArmaniPrivé and dress by @_LA_Collection_. Photographed by @Nick_Knight and styled by @KPhelan123, with hair by @SamMcKnight1, make-up by @TheValGarland

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Watch this video interview with Judi, where she discusses everything from retirement (she will never) to the coronavirus pandemic to marriage and romance. She says, above all else, to “Just keep laughing. That’s all we can do.”