Judi Dench: Reading scripts ‘has become impossible’ with vision loss

Legendary actress Dame Judi Dench has revealed that her vision loss has made it impossible for her to read scripts. The 84-year-old, who has starred in films such as ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘Skyfall’, has macular degeneration, a condition which causes the gradual loss of central vision.

In an interview with the BBC, Dench said that she has to rely on audio books and memorizing lines. She also said that she has to rely on her husband, David Mills, to read her scripts.

“It’s become impossible for me to read scripts,” Dench said. “I used to love reading scripts, but now I have to rely on audio books and I’ve been memorizing lines. It’s very hard and it takes a long time.”

Dench added that she has been able to adjust to her vision loss and still enjoy her work. She said that she has been able to work with directors who have adapted to her needs, and that she is grateful for their help.

“I have been so lucky to have worked with some wonderful directors who have been so helpful and understanding and have adapted to my needs,” she said. “I am so grateful for their support.”

Dench is not the only actor who has had to adjust to vision loss. Actor Christopher Reeve, who starred in the ‘Superman’ films, also suffered from macular degeneration. He said that he had to learn to read scripts with his peripheral vision.

Dench said that she is determined to continue working despite her vision loss. She said that she is grateful for the support she has received from her family, friends and colleagues.

“I am determined to carry on working and I am so thankful for the love and support I have received from my family, friends and colleagues,” she said. “It has been a great comfort to me.”

Dench’s determination and resilience is an inspiration to anyone who is facing a similar challenge. Her story is a reminder that it is possible to overcome adversity and still have a successful career.






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