At the age of 88, the iconic actress has revealed that she is no longer able to see on film sets and has lost the ability to read scripts due to advanced macular degeneration.
‘I mean, I can’t see on a film set anymore. And I can’t see to read. So I can’t see much.’ said the star. ‘But, you know, you just deal with it. Get on.’
Throughout her illustrious career, Dame Judi Dench has left an indelible mark on cinema. She has enchanted audiences with her portrayals in numerous acclaimed films, notably her portrayal of M in the James Bond franchise.
However, in recent years she has faced the formidable challenge of macular degeneration. A progressive eye disease that leads to a gradual loss of central vision.
Dench was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 2012 and was forced to give up driving a few years ago when her eyesight began to worsen.
Commitment to her art
Despite this obstacle, Dame Judi’s determination and love for her craft remain unyielding. She shared that her friends have stepped in to assist her in learning her lines, acting as her eyes when needed. Remarkably, she has developed a photographic memory, which enables her to retain her character’s dialogue and nuances with exceptional accuracy.
Dame Judi Dench’s resilience and commitment to her art continue to inspire both fellow actors and audiences worldwide. While she may no longer see the lights of a film set or peruse scripts, her enduring talent and unwavering spirit serve as a testament to her immeasurable contribution to the world of cinema and her status as a true acting legend.