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Dame Judi Dench's nerves

Actress Dame Judi Dench has "worse nerves" now than when she started acting 54 years ago. The 76-year-old actress - who has starred in Notes on a Scandal, Shakespeare in Love and a number of

By Andrew McNulty

Actress Dame Judi Dench has "worse nerves" now than when she started acting 54 years ago.

The 76-year-old actress - who has starred in Notes on a Scandal, Shakespeare in Love and a number of James Bond films, including Casino Royale and Tomorrow Never Dies - admits she "never" has confidence in her ability and always has to rely on a director.

"I have worse nerves now, 54 years after entering this business, than when I started. I'm never confident about the work I do and I'm very, very reliant on a director." She says.

"Everything I do, there's always something that jumps up and hits me in the eye."

Despite her nerves, the oy Week With Marilyn actress - who admits to being a "great prankster" on the set of her movies - doesn't ever want to quit acting because she thinks the learning process is far too important to leave behind.

"If I retire I think I should fall over. You've got to keep learning. I think everybody should take the time to recite two lines of something every day. I've also just taken up Sudoku - bloody difficult, isn't it?"

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