She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Joss Ackland, and Alec McCowen in the cast. Hale was director.
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Dame Judi Dench
5' 1" (1.55 m)
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National treasure? I hate that. Too dusty, too in a cupboard, too behind glass, too staid. I don't want to be thought of as recognisable - I always want to do the most different thing I can think of next. I don't want to be known for one thing, or as having done huge amounts of Shakespeare and the classics. I hate speaking as myself. I could never do a one-woman show. But I love being part of a ...
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 them.