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Dame Judi Dench has been appointed the new honorary president of the Brontë Society as it marks the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë's birth.Yorkshire Post adds:
The actress, who appeared in the 2011 film of Brontë's Jane Eyre, said she was "delighted" to be offered the role.
"It will be an honour to work with the society to promote [the Brontës'] legacy," continued the 81-year-old.
Chair John Thirlwell said the society was "thrilled" and could "think of no better person" to be its president.
Dame Judi, who was born near York, will be officially voted in at the society's annual general meeting in June.
Her appointment follows a tumultuous period for the organisation and last year's resignation of its former president, Bonnie Greer.
Dame Judi said: “I am delighted to have been offered the role of Brontë Society President and look forward to helping the organisation celebrate this significant and iconic literary family.Also on The Telegraph & Argus.
“The Brontës are respected and adored the world over and it will be an honour to work with the Society to promote their legacy during this important bicentenary period.” (Lyndsay Pantry)