She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice," at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Emrys James, Tony Church, Michael Williams, Alison Fiske, and Polly James in the cast. Terry Hands was director.
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Dame Judi Dench
5' 1" (1.55 m)
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Once, a long time ago, I read some bad reviews and I made the decision not to read the reviews. You get some critics who don't like you, or the play. But they don't have to do it every night. I don't want to be affected like that. I loved doing "Madame de Sade. A friend told me not to apologise for myself or the play, and I won't. Then I cast it all off and go and put my feet up under the chimney...
When she started training at the Central School of Speech and Drama, she admits she wasn't taking it as seriously as she ought to have done. She was caught out during an improvisation scene at which point she realised that that was what it was all about and studied harder than she had ever done in her life.
Known for often playing dignified, strong willed women in positions of authority who are sometimes opposed or criticised by those under her.