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Jeffery Dench
Born Jeffery Dench
Manchester, England
Spouse(s) Betty Martin (c.1950-2002)
Ann Curtis (c.2003-)

Jeffery Dench, sometimes spelled Jeffrey Dench, is an actor who lives in Clifford Chambers near Stratford-upon-Avon. He is the older brother of actress Judi Dench.


Personal life

Jeffery Dench was born in Manchester, the son of Eleanora Olave (née Jones), a native of Dublin, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor who met Jeffery's mother while studying medicine at Trinity College.[1] Jeff lived in Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, with his sister, Judi, and brother, Peter.

Jeffery attended St Peter's, York, where he began acting with the role of Cleopatra in George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra.[2] He spent his national service at an army theatre in Catterick before attending the Central School of Speech and Drama. It was here that he met his wife Betty, who was working as a speech therapist.

Jeffery moved to Clifford Chambers and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1963, where he worked for many years.[2]

With his wife Betty, Jeffery has three daughters: Sarah, a teacher who lives in Brailes; Clare, who lives in Shiplake; and Emma, a Roman historian previously at Birkbeck, University of London,[3] and currently at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through these daughters, Jeffery has eight grandchildren, Hannah Scroggs, Matthew Scroggs, Ben Scroggs, Dominic Mayer, Sebastian Mayer, Oliver Mayer, Ellie Mayer and Jacob Bowka.

Jeffery's wife, Betty, died from a heart attack on 11 January 2002. Since his wife's death, Jeffery has married Ann Curtis, a costume designer for the RSC and long time family friend.[4]


Year Film Role
1995 First Knight Elder

TV Appearances

Year Programme Role Other notes
1955 BBC Sunday Night Theatre - The Merchant of Venice Launcelot Gobbo
1982 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Mr. Cutler/Landlord/Mr. Blightey/Arthur Gride Mini Series
1985 Cyrano de Bergerac Marquis 1
1986 What a Way to Run a Revolution
1987 Rumpole of the Bailey Denis Driscoll Appeared in one episode, entitled Rumpole and the Old, Old Story
1989 The Lady and the Highwayman Magistrate
1996 The Brittas Empire Warwick Newmark Appeared in one episode, entitled Surviving Christmas
2000 Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization Pericles Uncredited

Selected Theatre Appearances

Year Play Role Theatre
1964 Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
1965 Hamlet by William Shakespeare Marcellus/Ambassador from England Aldwych Theatre, London
1971 Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne Ratty Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
2002 Henry V - The Battle of Agincourt by William Shakespeare, adapted by John Barton Chorus Various, including King Edward VI School
2006 Merry Wives - The Musical by William Shakespeare Robert Shallow Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon


  1. ^ "The Importance of Dame Judi". 6 September 2002.  
  2. ^ a b Worcester News
  3. ^ Birkbeck College - staff page
  4. ^ Judi Dench and her brother Jeffery at


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