Award-winning thesp named U.K. Personality of the Year
LONDON — Judi Dench received the U.K. Entertainment Personality of the Year Award at a reception at London’s One Aldwych Hotel on Dec. 15. Presenting the award were Variety’s group VP and publisher, Gerry Byrne, and Variety’s international publishing director, Peter Cowie.Among those attending were Dolby’s Ioan Allen, helmer Richard Eyre, United Artists Films’ Fiona Mitchell, UIP chairman and CEO Paul Oneile, producer David Parfit, BBC Worldwide’s Mike Phillips, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson from Eon Productions. Guests included thesps Samantha Bond, Anna Cartaret, Billy Connolly, Michael Kitchen, Anna Massey, Geoffrey Palmer and Ronald Pickup.