Dench converted to Quakerism at age 14 while attending The Mount, a Quaker boarding school in York, England. Her Quaker faith is fundamental to her, centering and grounding her. It is something she says she has to work hard at. She is a patron of the Leaveners, the Young Friends acting group of Britain Yearly Meeting.
“It informs everything I do, but I don't flaunt it.”
On Being a Quaker
BBC Interview, March 21, 2013