Dame Judi Dench Accepts Starring Role For Everton

Everton Football Club is delighted to announce world famous actress Dame Judi Dench as honorary patron of its official charity, Everton in the Community.

The multi award-winning actress, famed for her role as ‘M’ in the James Bond films since 1995, ‘Cranford’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, currently showing at cinemas, has accepted an ambassadorial role for Everton in the Community and will use her high profile stature to promote the good work of the charity.

Evertonian Dame Judi said: “I was truly honoured to be offered the chance to become involved in such a special charity and at my football club. I am excited to be able to represent a charity, which continues to push social boundaries and help so many people across Merseyside and beyond.

“The work the staff undertake on a daily basis is humbling and an inspiration to us all,” she added.

Dame Judi will take up her latest role immediately at the charity, which in the last year has scooped national and international recognition for its work.

The actress is famed for her charitable work and has supported over 250 different organisations during her career.  After losing her husband to lung cancer in 2001, Dame Judi became the patron of Women Against Lung Cancer, a campaign of the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dame Judi on board to our fantastic award winning Everton in the Community scheme.

"Judi's husband Michael was an avid ‘Blue' and her grandson Sam is following in his footsteps.

"Judi keeps up with our progress from wherever her work takes her.  She is a trusted friend and colleague and will be a fantastic asset to the charity.”