Dame Judi Dench plays Commander Root in Disney’s Artemis Foul. Here she gives us a guide to the characters and other actors in this new fantasy world.

Artemis Foul – Judi Dench’s guide

Artemis Foul – Story brief

Disney’s Artemis Fowl, is based on the beloved book by Eoin Colfer. It is a breathtaking, fantastical adventure about 12-year-old devil-may-care genius Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw). He is a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. Artemis’ unimaginable brainpower is rivaled only by his willingness to flout the rules!

The movie premiered on Disney+ streaming service from Friday June 12th, 2020.

Artemis Fowl - Lara McDonnell, Josh Gad and Ferdia Shaw
Artemis Fowl – Holly Short (Lara McDonnell), Mulch Diggums (Josh Gad) and Artemis Fowl (Ferdia Shaw) ©2018 Disney

Judi Dench briefing

Judi Dench plays Commander Root in Artemis Foul but has a long history of noteworthy roles.

She played Ophelia in Hamlet at The Old Vic Theatre almost 60 years ago. Since then she has garnered wide popular and critical admiration for a career marked by outstanding performances in both classical and contemporary roles. She has won numerous major awards. These include an Academy Award®, ten BAFTA Awards and a record eight Laurence Olivier Awards—for work on both stage and screen. Plus, in recognition of her many achievements she received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, became a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1988. Also in 2005 she was awarded a Companion of Honour. In addition to all of these she has received the Japan Arts Association’s prestigious Praemium Imperiale Laureate Award for Film and Theatre.

Dame Judi is recognized globally for her legendary role as M in seven James Bond films, from GoldenEye to Skyfall.