Dame Judi Dench revealed her background on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? left her feeling closer to William Shakespeare, 64 years after making her debut as Ophelia in Hamlet.
The actress has learned that her ten-time great-aunt was a maid of honor to the Queen of Denmark in the 16th century and that she worked at Kronenborg Castle, famous for being the backdrop for Hamlet.
After visiting Kronborg Castle – immortalized in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet – the theater veteran, 86, admitted to the Radio Times: “I always wanted to visit Kronborg Castle and now not only have I visited it , but I have something to do with that too. ‘
She added: “I hope my ten-time great aunt liked the bard – knowing that Kempe visited the castle and presumably performed there, makes me feel a little closer to my beloved Shakespeare. . ”
Revelation: Dame Judi Dench, 86, revealed her journey on the BBC show Who Do You Think You Are? let her feel closer to William Shakespeare
She then expressed her surprise at her newly discovered Nordic heritage.
Judi said: “I will never stop talking about it. Now I am Danish! Heaven! … I look at myself in the mirror all the time and think: ‘Aah, Scandinavia!’
The Skyfall actress also compared her trip to the show to starting a new project.
“It was just an amazing adventure – like starting a play, not knowing your role in it. ”
Happy: After visiting Kronborg Castle – immortalized in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet – Judi, who played Ophelia in Hamlet (pictured, 1957) admitted to the Radio Times: “I’ve always wanted to visit Kronborg Castle and now not only have I visited, but I also have a connection to it. ‘
Judi has previously spoken of his obsession with the Elizabethan bard and played a number of roles in various plays of him, including Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.
Judi also learns about his father Reginald – who never spoke about his experiences during WWI.
Other participants in this year’s genealogy show series include Pixie Lott, 30, Alex Scott, 36, Joe Sugg, 30, Joe Lycett, 33, Josh Widdicombe, 38, and Ed Balls, 54 years old.
Family Tree: She added: “I hope my great-aunt ten times liked the Bard – knowing that Kempe visited the castle and probably performed there, makes me feel a little closer to my beloved Shakespeare ”
Obsessed: Judi has previously spoken of his obsession with the Elizabethan bard and played a number of roles in various plays of him, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Countess Rossillion in All’s Well That Ends Well ( Photo )
Journalist and former footballer Alex learns about her Jewish and Jamaican heritage and her ancestors who suffered tremendous hardship.
YouTuber and Strictly Joe star discovers a remarkable family history dating back to the Great Fire of London, and comedian Josh traces his lineage back to the Elizabethan and Tudor courts.
Former Labor politician Ed discovers great bravery and less admirable conduct, while comedian Joe discovers a darker side to his family history.
Pixie Lott is hoping to uncover the truth about family history that she has Italian ancestors from Verona, but the reality is not quite what she was looking for.
Unbelievable! Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, discovers a three-generation musical legacy from her family mother
Retrospective: Alex Scott, 36, learns about his Jewish and Jamaican heritage and his ancestors who suffered enormous hardship
She also learns about her great-grandfather’s heart-wrenching experiences during World War I, as well as the discovery of musical genes on her mother’s family side.
Alex Scott explores Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side and learns that his great-grandfather faced fascism in London’s East End in 1936.
She travels to Jamaica to experience the story from the other side of the family and learns of tremendous hardship and suffering as well as an uncomfortable and heartbreaking story.
YouTuber and Strictly alumnus Joe Sugg enlists his older sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree.
He discovers a great-great-great-grandfather involved in the early days of telegraph communication; ancestors who fled religious persecution in France; and a relative who survived the Great Fire of London.
Read more: Joe Sugg, a 30-year-old alumnus, enlists his big sister and fellow YouTuber Zoe to explore their family tree
Comedian Joe Lycett manages to find humor everywhere, but he discovers a darker family history when he finds out that his double great-grandfather was a chimney sweep in the 1850s who then joined the Royal Marines and traveled the world. ; but struggled to process his experiences.
Among his family history, Josh Widdicombe discovers an ancestor cut off from the family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the king’s chest of drawers, whose story ends disastrously during the Civil War.
From there it is a dizzying journey back to the Elizabethan and Tudor nobility culminating in an incredible ancestral lineage.
Light and dark: Comedian Joe Lycett, 33, manages to find humor everywhere, but discovers a darker family history
Interesting: Josh Widdicombe, 38, discovers an ancestor cut off from family fortune and a courtier with intimate access to the king’s chest of drawers
At first, it looks like Ed Balls will uncover a heroic story when he delves into the life of an assistant ship surgeon, but the grim reality isn’t quite what he hoped for.
However, he discovers a more inspiring story by investigating the life of an ancestor who lived through the agricultural depression of the 1820s.
Emily Smith, BBC editor-in-chief for documentaries, said: “We are very happy with this new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and for viewers to share an extraordinary mix of personal celebrity stories that will take them across the world, unearthing compelling stories in family trees that are touching, enlightening and endlessly captivating.
Wall to Wall executive producer Colette Flight says, “Who do you think you are? is back with another list of Britain’s most beloved celebrities exploring their family histories across the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Jamaica. The incredible personal stories they unearth from the lives of their ancestors – from royal love triangles to workers fighting for their rights, from sweeps of Victorian children to struggles against fascists in London’s East End – reflect and illuminate our entire collective history.
Digging into the past: Former Labor politician and Ed Balls, 54, discovers great bravery and less admirable conduct