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One leading man was no fun, says Dame Judi Dench

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 21/09/2015

Judi Dench
Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench has said all of the leading men she's acted with have had "glorious senses of humour" except for one.

She revealed the titbit when asked by Radio 4's Kirsty Young, as part of Desert Island Discs, who her favourite leading man has been.

She said: "I don't know the answer to who is my favourite leading man, except that all of them, bar one I think, had glorious senses of humour.

"And no, I'm not going to tell you who the one was."

Dench, now 80, started her acting career at the Old Vic Theatre near London's Waterloo station.

She has gone on to become a national treasure, winning countless Baftas and other accolades.

She married fellow actor Michael Williams, and the couple were wed for over 30 years until Williams' death in 2001.

Their daughter, Tara Cressida Frances, is also an actress, and is better known as Finty Williams.

Dench chose Frank Sinatra's I've Got You Under My Skin and a Shipping Forecast as two desert island discs and asked if she could take a recording of her daughter reading Other Men's Flowers.

She reflects fondly on playing M in the Bond movies, saying they were "glorious memories".

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