Judi Dench reveals she's going blind
Dame Judi Dench, famed for her Oscar winning role in 'Shakespeare in Love' and her ongoing role as 007's boss, M, in the James Bond film series, has revealed that she can now barely read scripts due to her macular degeneration.
The 77-year-old told The Mirror: "I can't read scripts any more because of the trouble with my eyes.
"And so somebody comes in and reads them to me, like telling me a story."
The star revealed that the condition, which causes damage to the retina and can lead to full blindness, runs in the family and that she has already undergone treatment - "they had to do these injections and I think it's arrested."
However, she is not letting the condition change her typically busy schedule.
"As long as there is a possibility of working, I'm not going to retire," she says. "If I retire, nothing will work any more, and it's hard enough as it is.
"The most distressing thing is in a restaurant in the evening, I can't see the person I'm having dinner with.
"I know there might be something going on, but sometimes, I can't see it and that infuriates me as I think I'm really missing out on something."
Dench will next appear in 'Skyfall' alongside Daniel Craig, Albert Finney, Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes. She can currently be seen in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - trailer HERE.
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