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Profile of Michael Williams on Famous Like Me

Name: Michael Williams  
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Date of Birth: 9th July 1935
Place of Birth: Liverpool, England, UK
Profession: Actor
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Michael Leonard Williams (July 9, 1935 – January 11, 2001) was a well-loved British actor. Although best known as the husband of Dame Judi Dench, Williams had a distinguished career of his own, as both a classical and a comedy actor.

Born into an Irish Catholic family in Liverpool, he worked as an insurance assessor before going into the theatre as a career. His first film appearance was in 1962, and he subsequently appeared frequently on television (notably in Elizabeth R), and in British films such as Educating Rita (1983) and Henry V (1989). His many radio roles included crime reporter George Cragge in In the Red and its sequels, and Dr Watson in the BBC's complete run of Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

He married Judi Dench in 1971, and they had one daughter, Tara Cressida Williams (known as "Finty Williams"), who is also an actor. Michael chaired the British Catholic Stage Guild for a number of years before he was incapacitated by illness.

Although Michael was a Roman Catholic and Judi is a Quaker, theirs was one of the most successful showbiz marriages, and they worked together on several series of the sitcom, A Fine Romance, from 1981 onwards.

Shortly before his death from lung cancer at the age of 65, Michael Williams was awarded a Knighthood of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II, which he treasured.

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