Judi Dench dreads performing with schoolchildren

Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench

Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench has confessed to feeling dread whenever she has to perform with a large number of schoolchildren.

Dame Judi Dench dreads having to perform with schoolchildren.

The 79-year-old actress has enjoyed an incredibly successful career that's seen her star on TV, on the stage and in award-winning films.

Yet the 'Philomena' actress admits she still harbours fears over appearing alongside schoolchildren, explaining: "I have always had a terrible fear of a lot of schoolchildren together. I don't know why but I just have."

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Dame Judi explained that her sense of fear was particularly acute while filming the 2006 film 'Notes on a Scandal' with Cate Blanchett, though she insists she "had a wonderful time" shooting the movie.

Dame Judi explained to the Radio Times: "On my very first day playing this rather difficult part, I was confronted by a whole school of children. I was absolutely petrified."

However, Dame Judi concedes making the movie went some way towards helping her to overcome her irrational fear.

She added: "We used several of them in the film. They all turned out to be absolutely wonderful - completely committed and enthusiastic and interesting to talk to and interested in what we were doing.

"To some extent I got over my fear."


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