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Judi Dench honoured in Japan

One of Britain's best known actresses Dame Judi Dench has been honoured in Japan.

The star of stage and screen received the prestigious Praemium Imperial Award for Theatre and Film from Japan's Prince Hitachi.

Speaking in Tokyo, where she picked up the going, the Mrs Brown and James Bond star said she was "overwhelmed" and "very humbled", reports the BBC.

The actress was one of five people named a Praemium Imperiale Laureate, alongside British sculptor Anish Kapoor, US artist Bill Viola, Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta and Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa.

When she first heard she was to be given the accolade in June, Dame Judi told the BBC that she had very much enjoyed visiting Japan with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the past.

"I made a lot of really good friends," she added.

The Praemium Imperiale Laureate is an annual global arts prize given out to those who excel in theatre, art, music and architecture.

Previous recipients include screen siren Sophia Loren and musician Maurizio Pollini

Posted by Susan Ballion

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