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Judi Dench named most inspirational woman

London: Veteran actress Judi Dench has been named the world`s most inspirational woman in a new survey.

The Bond star topped the poll put together by drinks brand Baileys to find the top 100 "most spirited and inspiring women", reported Daily Star.

Dench, 78, saw off competition from fellow actress Helen Mirren, who came second in the survey, ahead of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst at three.

Dawn French and Joanna Lumley placed at four and five respectively.

Others to make the top 10 include Maggie Smith, writer JK Rowling and famed nurse Florence Nightingale.