Dame Judi Dench, 86, reveals her Who Do You Think You Are? journey left her feeling closer to Shakespeare… 64 years after making her debut as Ophelia in Hamlet  

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Dame Judi Dench has revealed her journey on the BBC program Who Do You Think You Are? 64 years after making her debut as Ophelia in Hamlet, William has given up on his sense of being closer to Shakespeare.

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The actress learned that her ten-time great-aunt was a woman waiting for the Queen of Denmark in the 16th century and was ordained at Kronenborg Castle, which is famous for its backdrop of Hamlet.

The acting veteran, 86, admitted after visiting Kronborg Castle – immortalized in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet Radio Times: ‘I’ve always wanted to visit Kronborg Castle and now not only have I seen it, but I have a link to it as well.’

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She continued: ‘I hope my ten-time great-aunt liked the bard – knowing that Kempe visited the castle and possibly performed there, I feel that I am one step closer to my beloved Shakespeare.’

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Revelation: Dame Judi Dench, 86, has revealed her visit on the BBC program Who Do You Think You Are? Closer to William Shakespeare has left his spirit

She expressed astonishment at her newly discovered Nordic heritage.

Judy said: ‘I’ll never stop talking about it. Now I’m a Dane! Heaven!… I look in the mirror all the time now and think, ‘Ah, Scandinavia!’

The Skyfall actress compared her journey on the show to that of starting a new project.

‘It’s just been an extraordinary adventure – like starting a play, not knowing your role in it.’

Happy: After visiting Kronborg Castle – immortalized in Shakespeare's play Hamlet – Judy, who played Ophelia in Hamlet (pictured, 1957) admitted to the Radio Times: 'I've always wanted to visit Kronborg Castle and now not only I have visited it, but I have a link to it too.'

Happy: After visiting Kronborg Castle – immortalized in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet – Judy, who played Ophelia in Hamlet (pictured, 1957) admitted to the Radio Times: ‘I’ve always wanted to visit Kronborg Castle and now not only I have visited it, but I have a link to it too.’

Judy has previously spoken of her passion for the Elizabethan bard, and the many roles she has played in various plays, including Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.

Judy also learns about her father, Reginald – who never spoke about his experiences during World War I.

Others participating in this year’s series of genealogy shows include Pixie Lott, 30, Alex Scott, 36, Joe Suggs, 30, Joe Lysette, 33, Josh Widdicombe, 38, and Ed Balls, 54.

Family tree: She said: 'I hope my ten-time great-aunt liked the bard – knowing that Kempe visited the castle and possibly performed there, I feel one step closer to my beloved Shakespeare Am'

Family tree: She said: ‘I hope my ten-time great-aunt liked the bard – knowing that Kempe visited the castle and possibly performed there, I feel one step closer to my beloved Shakespeare Am’

Passionate: Judy has previously spoken about her obsession with the Elizabethan bard, and the many roles she has played in various plays, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Countess Rossilian in All Well That Ends Well ( pictured) )

Passionate: Judy has previously spoken about her obsession with the Elizabethan bard, and the many roles she has played in various plays, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, and Countess Rossilian in All Well That Ends Well ( pictured) )

Broadcaster and former footballer Alex learns of his Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and the ancestry suffered enormous hardships.

YouTuber and Strictly Star Joe explores a remarkable family history as far back as the Great Fire of London, and comedian Josh traces his ancestry back to Elizabethan and Tudor courts.

Former Labor politician Ed reveals great bravery and somewhat less laudable demeanor, while comedian Joe explores a darker side of his family history.

Pixie hopes to discover the truth of the Lott family story that she has Italian ancestry from Verona, but the reality is not what she was looking for.

Wonderful!  Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, explores three generations of musical heritage, the family strengthened by her mother's side.

Wonderful! Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott, 30, explores three generations of musical heritage, the family strengthened by her mother’s side.

Looking back: 36-year-old Alex Scott learns of his Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and the enormous hardships the ancestors faced

Looking back: 36-year-old Alex Scott learns of his Jewish and Jamaican heritage, and the enormous hardships the ancestors faced

She learns of her great-grandfather’s traumatic experiences in World War I, as well as the family’s discovery of the musical gene on her mother’s side.

Alex Scott traces his mother’s side to Jewish ancestry and learned that his great-grandfather faced fascism in London’s East End in 1936.

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