Dame Judith Olivia “Judi” Dench (born 9 December 1934) is an English film, stage and television actress, occasional singer and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she played in several of Shakespeare’s plays in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. She branched into film work, and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer; however, most of her work during this period was in theatre. Not generally known as a singer, she drew strong reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.
1. ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF ELDERLY PEOPLE IS WELCOME SO FAR AS I AM CONCERNED.
2. I THINK YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR JOB SERIOUSLY, BUT NOT YOURSELF – THAT IS THE BEST COMBINATION.
3. THERE ARE VERY FEW THINGS THAT SURPRISE ME.
4. IT IS NOT GOOD TO CROSS THE BRIDGE BEFORE YOU GET TO IT.
5. I DON’T THINK ANYBODY CAN BE TOLD HOW TO ACT. I THINK YOU CAN GIVE ADVICE. BUT YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN WAY THROUGH IT.
6. I WOULD HATE PEOPLE TO THINK BOSSY IS ALL I CAN DO.
7. I LOVE BEING PART OF A COMPANY, AND TELLING A STORY.
8. MY HUSBAND WAS ACTUALLY VERY KEEN THAT I WOULD BECOME A BOND GIRL.
9. I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH JACK NICHOLSON, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
10. I CAN’T READ SCRIPTS ANY MORE BECAUSE OF THE TROUBLE WITH MY EYES.
11. I AM SO THRILLED TO BE NOMINATED FOR SOMETHING I LOVED WORKING ON EVERY SINGLE DAY.
12. I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER A FILM. I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL BE LEFT ON THE CUTTING FLOOR.
13. ACTUALLY, WHAT I MISS ARE PEOPLE CORPSING ON STAGE.