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Dame Judi Dench fears being cast as ‘an old woman in a home’ as she ages

Dame Judi is certain about the type of parts he won’t play (Picture: Mark Thomas/Rex)

Dame Judi Dench is fighting being typecast as ‘an old woman in a home’ as her distinguished career continues.

The 86-year-old actress has no plans to end her screen career but knows exactly the type of part she won’t be accepting any time soon.

Musing on her future, Dame Judi said: ‘Where do I want to be in five years? I would like to be alive. I would also like to be offered a part that is not some old woman in a home somewhere.’

The James Bond star also joked of the possibilities: ‘I would like to be a crocodile that turns into a dragon and has to walk a tightrope.’

Dame Judi’s career has seen her earn national treasure status as she’s clocked up seven Oscar nominations and converted one into a win in films including Notes on a Scandal, Mrs Brown, Iris and Shakespeare in Love, for which it only took the actress eight minutes of screen time to convince the Academy to hand over the gong to her.

The Royal Shakespeare Company legend has also been garlanded for her theatre and television work on projects like As Time Goes By, A Fine Romance, in which she starred with her late husband Michael Williams, and period drama Cranford.

Dame Judi featured as Miss Matty in the star-studded TV adaptation of Cranford (Picture: BBC)

However, that hasn’t stopped the occasional misstep, which Dame Judi was only too happy to point out when it came to 2019’s screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s musical Cats, which flopped quite impressively on release.

Dame Judi appeared as Old Deuteronomy in the film, alongside her friend and fellow thespian Sir Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat.

Speaking at the One Dench Two Williams event with her daughter Finty Williams and grandson Samuel Williams at London’s Garrick Theatre, the Oscar-winning star said: ‘I say yes to everything, including Cats!’

Dame Judi in the flop Cats, despite her best efforts (Picture: Working Title/Universal/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock)

Meanwhile, Dame Judi recently chatted about the fact that Daniel Craig’s Bond films are not as funny as their predecessors.

The legendary actress played 007’s boss M, beginning with the 1995 film GoldenEye, which featured Pierce Brosnan as the legendary spy, and continuing to her character’s death in 2012’s Skyfall, which was Daniel Craig’s third outing as Ian Fleming’s famous spy (although she did manage a cameo in Spectre too).

On Dame Esther Rantzen’s That’s After Life! podcast, Dame Esther spoke about her fondness for the more humorous Bond films from Pierce Brosnan, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore.

Dame Judi co-starred with lead Daniel Craig in three Bond films, including Skyfall (Picture: Danjaq/Eon Productions/Kobal/Shutterstock)

When Dame Esther then labelled Daniel Craig’s more recent film as ‘gloomy’, Dame Judi answered: ‘The script isn’t so funny, I know, I agree.’

However, with Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge having been on hand to freshen up the screenplay for No Time To Die, perhaps both will be pleasantly surprised by the upcoming next instalment.

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