It’s normally Prince Edward receiving countless requests to be interviewed, but this week, His Royal Highness delivered the questions as he interviewed actress, Dame Judi Dench.
The Earl of Wessex interviewed the 80 year old actress in St James’s Palace on the 23rd of June at an event celebrating Films Without Borders, a charity that teaches young people around the world the skills it takes to make and produce films.
Last year, celebrities including George Lucas, Sam Menses and Whoopi Goldberg spoke to the Prince at a similar styled event.
Dame Judi revealed to the Earl that she has watched barely any of the dozens of films she has made in her 60 year career.
“I still don’t think it is very easy watching yourself and I haven’t seen most of my films” she said. “I find when it comes to it, actually seeing what your choice was with a role, you suddenly think it was the wrong choice to have made. But it’s too late then. It’s not like the theatre, where I could have another go the next night.”
During the interview, Dench, who received a knighthood in 1988, spoke about some of the highlights of her varied film career, including films such as Mrs Brown, where she played a bereaved Queen Victoria, a role she described as “pivotal” in her career.
Due to many of her roles heavily focusing on the British royals both on stage and screen, Dench said to Prince Edward: “I suppose I’ve got a lot to thank your family for.”
Dench also spoke fondly of time playing the character ‘M’ in the James Bond film franchise. She portrayed the character for 17 years, first appearing in the 1995 film Goldeneye, up until Skyfall in 2012.
Dame Judi Dench and The Earl of Wessex were joined on stage by young people from Israel, South Africa and Rwanda who had taken part in Films Without Borders workshops.
The organisation reports that young people have recently graduated to internships on large-scale movies such action film – London Has Fallen and Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.
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