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Judi Dench reveals she was told she'd never make a film because she had the 'wrong face'

Judi went on to have a thriving career.

Dame Judi Dench, the treasured star of beloved films like 'Belfast', 'Philomena' and 'Pride and Prejudice', has revealed she was once told she was pursuing the wrong career. 

In a recent interview with the UK's Times, Judi said back in the 60s a director once convinced her she would never make it in the film industry because of her looks.

She recalled: "He was perfectly nice, but at the end, he said, you'll never make a film. You have the wrong face."

"And I said fine, I don't like film anyway. I want to go back to the theatre."

English actress Judi Dench at a dress rehearsal of 'Hamlet' at the Old Vic theatre, London, 11th September 1957. Dench is making her London debut as Ophelia in the Old Vic Company's production. (Photo by Bob Haswell/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Of course, Judi went on to have great success in film, earning herself seven Academy Award nominations, including one win for just eight minutes of screen time as Queen Elizabeth I in ‘Shakespeare in Love’. 

Despite her longstanding, successful career, Judi said she is wary of becoming too comfortable.

"You can’t ever take it for granted and it’s right that we shouldn’t,” she said.

Dench's beauty was highlighted in 2020 when she became the oldest person to appear on the cover of British Vogue at the age of 85. 

However, during her cover interview, she told Vogue that she appreciates "nothing" about getting older.

"I don't like it at all, I don't think about it, I don't want to think about it. They say age is an attitude ... It's horrible," she said. 

Similarly, speaking to People in 2015, she said: "There's nothing good about being my age."

Dench scoffed at the thought of slowing down her profession at the age of 87, saying the only way she'd slow down is if she couldn't read.

That’s the spirit!

I don’t think any of us would want to see such great talent slow down anytime soon either.