Dame Judi Dench Says She Feels '39 And 6ft Tall'
Dame Judi Dench has said in her head she feels 'about 39' and 6ft tall - and who are we to argue?
The 86-year-old actor has said she shuns the title of 'national treasure' as she feels it a bit dreary.
In an interview with the Guardian, the acting legend said: "It's a terrible label. So dusty, so dreary.
"For another, it relegates me to being an 86-year-old woman. Whereas in my mind's eye I'm 6ft and willowy and about 39."
Dame Judi has a career spanning over sixty years - making her professional debut all the way back in 1957.
But if you reckon that means she's going to be putting her feet and retiring any time soon then you are sadly mistaken - in fact, she told the Guardian, 'f*** being 86-years-old'.
And when asked about retiring during an interview with Vogue last year, she said: "No, no, no, no. Don't use that word, Giles. Not in this house. Not in here. Wash your mouth out."
So that sounds quite final then.
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However, she did reveal the one role she wouldn't be keen to play, joking: "Probably an 86-year-old woman who's not able to see.
"I'm not going to play that part, thanks."
Dame Judi became the oldest ever cover stars of British Vogue when she graced its cover last May aged 85.
Recently, Dame Judi has been living with her 23-year-old grandson Sam as they both await things returning to normal and getting back out and about.
Speaking to Vogue last year about the pandemic, she said: "I am sure I feel like everyone else, such unprecedented times are quite hard to comprehend.
"What is a good thing is that it has made people aware of the predicament of others who are completely alone. If a great deal of kindness comes out of this, then that will be a plus."
She added: "I haven't got my family with me, but we are keeping in touch lots by phone calls and FaceTime.
"I am disciplining myself to learn all the sonnets. I try to learn something new every day, anything."
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