Oscars 2014: Judi Dench look-alike causes red carpet confusion

Doppelganger was actually wife of Gravity Sound Mixer.

Dench's Doppelganger at the Oscars 2014 (Credit: Getty/Rex)

‘Philomena’ star Dame Judi Dench couldn’t make it to this year’s Oscars ceremony. Luckily though, an apparently uncanny (and very unintentional) look-alike stepped in to take her place.

The 79-year-old British thesp had been nominated for Best Actress for her part in the heartfelt ‘Philomena’ opposite Steve Coogan, only she couldn’t attend the A-list Hollywood bash as she was filming the sequel to ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ in India.

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So, when press started excitedly taking photos of a Dench-esque doppelganger on the red carpet, things got a little confusing.

The look-alike in question was actually Sue Munro, the wife of British sound engineer Chris Munro – nominated for Best Sound Mixing for both ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Gravity’ (which he won).

“I was greeted with cries of ‘Judi, Judi, Judi!’,” Sue told press about the identity mix-up.

“It’s the short hair,” she laughed.

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‘Philomena’ producer Tracey Seaward explained that real-life Judi had been unable to get away from India in time for the Academy Awards: “It’s a long journey for her, some 26 hours. She just couldn’t be here but she has sent messages."

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