She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Barbara Jefford, John Justin, Alec McCowen, Maggie Smith, John Moffatt, Gerald James, John Stride, and Barbara Leigh-Hunt in the cast. Toye was director.
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Dame Judi Dench | Judy Dench
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I'm more comfortable on stage, where there is an audience to tell a story to, as opposed to a film set where you are not in charge at all. On stage you can hear an audience's reactions. Within two minutes of a play starting you know how the evening will go. On film you're more reliant on the director. The moment he leaves you, you're like a child learning to walk.
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.