Dame and a doctor

Dame Judi Dench said playing novelist Iris Murdoch in a 2001 biopic was one of the most challenging roles of her career, as she picked up an award for her contribution to film.

Dame Judi Dench in the Iris Murdoch Dementia Service Development Centre at Stirling University
Dame Judi Dench in the Iris Murdoch Dementia Service Development Centre at Stirling University

The York-born actress received a doctorate from Stirling University, where a dementia studies centre is named after Murdoch – who developed the condition towards the end of her life.

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Dame Judi opened the research and training unit in 2003 before returning yesterday to pick up the honour.

Dame Judi Dench in the Iris Murdoch Dementia Service Development Centre at Stirling University