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Judi Dench Quotes


An English film, stage and television actress.
(1934 - )

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And then it was working with Bob Hoskins, who I had never worked with before - except radio. It was like being given a wonderful meal - full of the things you love most.
 

Because, you know, I can't work a bicycle pump.
 

I am so thrilled to be nominated for something I loved working on every single day.
 

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.
 

I have no control over a film. I don't know what will be left on the cutting floor.
 

I just feel incredibly lucky to be employed when there are so many actors and actresses who are not employed. That's why, you know, I sometimes feel desperate, in case I'm not going to be cast again.
 

I love being part of a company, and telling a story.
 

I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself - that is the best combination.
 

I think you've got to have your feet planted firmly on the ground, especially in this business, and you must not believe things that are said or written about you, because everything gets out of proportion one way or the other.
 

I trained as a designer, so I'm always terribly keen about what I'm going to look like.
 

I was in Yorkshire. We were a family of five and I used to be sent sometimes to get the rations for the week and I was easily able to carry them back. It was like one egg and a tiny bit of tea.
 

I work out the other bits, too, but I need to know what I look like, very early on. And then it's like a template; I'll fill that person out. If I get that out of the way, then I'm all right.
 

I would like to work with Jack Nicholson, before it's too late.
 

I've figured out what to do so far, but it's always the next thing you come to where the man with the bucket of ice cold water is waiting - whoosh! in your face. That's why you work with directors who know what to tell you to do.
 

In contrast, the control you have in a theatre is very attractive to me.
 

It actually was a complete departure having a woman playing M. I didn't realize at the time that it would be so noticed.
 

It is not good to cross the bridge before you get to it.
 

It is true that there are few plays of Shakespeare that I haven't done.
 

It was good to learn so early. They're not going to be kind to you. You have to do it and get on, and then gulp down and get better.
 

It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare.
 


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