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People in Film | Dame Judi Dench

Posted November 30, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Dame Judi Dench"

Get the inside line on the Oscar-winning British actress who plays Mrs. Fairfax in Focus Features’ adaptation of Jane Eyre.

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Dame Judi Dench | From Stage to Screen

Dame Judi Dench, who plays Mrs Fairfax in Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, is one of the most acclaimed screen actresses of the past decade, however Dench was and is a reluctant movie star. Essentially a late bloomer when it comes to film acting, Dench told The Times of London in 2009, “I'm more comfortable on stage, where there is an audience to tell a story to, as opposed to a film set where you are not in charge at all. On stage you can hear an audience's reactions. Within two minutes of a play starting you know how the evening will go. On film you're more reliant on the director. The moment he leaves you, you're like a child learning to walk.” Dench, however, has taken huge strides as a cinematic performer, with her mastery of screen acting undoubtedly rooted in the confidence she gained from her work on stage.