Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh herd sheep after the Freeman ceremony

Dame Judi Dench and Sir Kenneth Branagh were honored as the City of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Freemen.

The award-winning actors exercised their right to herd sheep along Sheep Street after being awarded the title.

The couple, who visited the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, were pictured laughing with Stratford-upon-Avon Mayor Kevin Taylor after he presented them with the award.


Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh visit Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, to accept the honor of the city’s “Freemen” (Fabio De Paola/PA)

The certificate that gives them honorary citizenship reads: “In recognition of outstanding services to the world of theater and to the works of William Shakespeare.”

The decision to pay tribute to Dame Judi and Sir Kenneth was taken at a special council meeting on February 22nd.

During the meeting, the Mayor said that Sir Kenneth first appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Henry V and later in Love’s Labour’s Lost and Hamlet while the Shakespeare Institute awarded him an honorary Doctor of Literature in 2001.


The certificate (Fabio De Paola/PA)

He also directed and starred alongside Dame Judi and Sir Ian McKellen as Shakespeare in the film All Is True.

Dame Judi won an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love and was awarded the Liberty of York and London.

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The historical origins of the honorary degree can be traced back to the 12th and 13th centuries and are awarded to “persons of rank” and those who have “merited the council area”.

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