Dame Judi Dench is internationally renowned as one of the world’s greatest actresses and she never fails to portray that timelessness on the red carpet, regularly opting for understated elegance over dazzling frocks and gowns.
And the 83-year-old’s latest outfit choice was one of her most sensational to date as she stepped out at the 21st British Independent Film Awards on Sunday wearing an elegant silver jacket.
Teamed with flowing black pants and black court shoes, Judi let the striking jacket do all of the talking as she accessorised the outfit with just a simple silver chain.
Judi collected the Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contributions as a British film actor.
Talking about her previous film roles, Judi told Sky News she hadn’t realised at the time how ahead of the game the role of M in James Bond was.
She said: “In a way, I thought it was a joke when I was asked to do it. My husband, who was alive at the time, said you’ve got to do it because I’ve got to live with a Bond woman. Oh, I had the most glorious time.”
Despite a career that has spanned six decades and with numerous BAFTAs, Golden Globes, an Oscar and other major awards to her name, the 83-year-old has revealed she was told early on that she would never make it in film.
The star, who has appeared on stage and in a number of hugely successful films including Hamlet, Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat, Pride and Prejudice and James Bond, has spoken of the cruel words she was told as a youngster. According to Eyewitness News, the mother-of-one was told she has everything wrong with her face.
Judi made the comments while speaking to the press at the Zurich Film Festival earlier this year. She revealed the harsh criticism when discussing her proudest achievement.
“I think making a film at all because I was told very, very early on that I would never make any films,” the James Bond star explained. “They said, ‘You have everything wrong with your face’.”
Judi then had a word or two for the person who made the offensive comments.
“So, I would quite like to say to that person, who alas now is dead, but I’d quite like to say – well, actually I did make them in the end,” she continued. “Lucky.”