The lockdown has been hard for many people, Dame Judi Dench included. But, fortunately, many of us have been able to find escapism during this difficult time, and Dame Judi Dench’s chosen form of escapism has been TikTok.
Keep scrolling to find out why it was more important than we ever could have imagined.
Including smashing some of our favorite TikTok dances! But TikTok has done a lot more for her than solely teaching her some moves.
Let’s take a quick look at the extraordinary life this woman has led.
Born and raised in York, England, as a young woman Judi made the big move to London to study at the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art.
Her portrayal as Ophelia in the 1957 Old Vic production of Hamlet, won her a tremendous amount of praise from the critics, therefore putting her on the radar.
And her performance as Lady Macbeth in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth earned her a Laurence Olivier Award from the Society of West End Theatre Managers.
And, in 1970, Judi was created Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), which was then advanced to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1988.
Judi’s on-screen debut was in the 1964 The Third Secret, which was shortly followed by performances in other movies such as Four in the Morning, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Judi portrayed the role of M, the Head of the Secret Intelligence Service, and, pretty much, James Bond’s boss.
And people evidently loved his female replacement, because she continued to portray the character across several Bond movies up until 2012.
Murder on the Orient Express, Pride & Prejudice, Roald Dhal’s Essio Trot… Oh, and Cats, weirdly.
The list could go on.
When she broke a record in the world of modeling.
Introducing, Vogue’s cover girl.
The actress is to appear on the June edition of the infamous magazine, and she made history by doing so.
And, for a magazine that has been running for over a hundred years, this is a truly remarkable achievement.
At the age of eighty-five, there aren’t many stones that have been left unturned in Judi’s life.
Judi has been trying TikTok whilst in lockdown and absolutely nailing it.
And Judi seems to have really enjoyed it.
She explained, “I know nothing about TikTok. Sam is the person who is technically minded and who has all the ideas, so he got very strict. He made me do it. I had to rehearse, I had to rehearse all those moves. Don’t just think that comes naturally.”
She explained that “every day is so unchartered. You wake up and wonder what day it is, and then you wonder what date it is, and sometimes what month.”
“And if the prospect is, ‘Well, what is there to do today?’ I’ve done a bit of painting and I’ve talked to friends and rehearsed my TikTok and done it with Sam.”
And when told that she was ‘very good’ at the TikTok dances, she responded: “Well I’m delighted to hear, I’m really really pleased. I hope I’m asked to do more but, of course, I can’t ask for the part.”
You can watch the video with Dame Judi, here…