Dame Judi Dench, 87, reveals she is grateful to 'still be employed'

‘I always get frightened at the end of the job’: Dame Judi Dench, 87, reveals she is grateful to ‘still be employed’ and worries if she ‘still has the energy’ to work

Dame Judi Dench has revealed she feels ‘frightened’ when she finishes an acting job.

The actress, 87, admitted despite her legendary reputation, she is always worried no one will want to hire her again.

Judi detailed how grateful she is to still be ’employed’ and the relief that comes with being cast in a new project.

‘I always get frightened at the end of the job’: Dame Judi Dench, 87, revealed that she is grateful to ‘still be employed’ in a recent interview

In an interview with Reader’s Digest magazine she confessed: ‘I’ve always thought, one is very lucky to be employed.

‘I always get frightened at the end of the job because I think I’m not going to be employed again and then feel very relieved at the beginning of the next one.’

Despite her decades of success, Judi, who most recently starred in the coming of age drama Belfast, admitted that she still feels nervous when she lands a new job.

On set: Judi, who most recently starred in the coming of age drama Belfast, said: ‘I think I’m not going to be employed again and then feel very relieved at the beginning of the next one’

She exclaimed: ‘I’ll say! I get more anxious now. Oh yes, much more anxious. There’s more things to consider and more things to find out and more things to learn about. And you think, “Oh God, have I got the energy to do this?”

When it comes to looking for new roles, the Belfast star is always on the hunt for something different to anything she’s done before.

She said: ‘I just, really, always hope that I will be asked to do something different. And perhaps not expected. Or something that has no reference to anything I’ve done before.”

In Belfast, Judi worked with director Sir Kenneth Branagh for the 12th time and confessed how much she loves their collaborations.

She said: ‘I just love working with him. I just love it. It’s very varied, all the things I’ve done with Ken. And I’ve directed him and been directed by him and been in things with him. It’s always different.’

In Belfast, Judi worked with director Sir Kenneth Branagh for the 12th time and confessed how much she loves their collaborations

This comes as Judi made history with her Oscar nod – her eighth overall – becoming the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actress.

The veteran actress has been nominated for her role as Granny in the Irish drama, which marks her seventh Academy Award nomination.

She received her first nomination in 1999 for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love.

Judi’s latest role sees her play grandmother to young lad Buddy (11-year-old Jude Hill) whose parents (Caitriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan) are struggling to decide whether to remain in Belfast as the city descends into a state of war.

Set in 1969, the movie is inspired by Kenneth’s early childhood growing up in Northern Ireland during the troubles.

The film continues to dominate awards season as it also landed a spot in the coveted Best Picture list. 

Latest role: Dench’s latest role sees her play grandmother to young lad Buddy whose parents are struggling to decide whether to remain in Belfast as the city descends into a state of war

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