Dame Judi Dench reveals she once accidentally made a naked FaceTime call to James Bond co-star
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Judi Dench has revealed she once accidentally bared all on FaceTime.

The actress, 88, shared that she was getting into the bathtub when her daughter, Finty Williams, called her and asked her to wish actor Chris Logan a happy birthday.

Speaking on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 on Wednesday, Judi explained: ‘I can’t see, Zoe. I can’t see at all, so my phone is an anathema to me, I don’t know what all those buttons are for.’

Judi recently revealed she has macular degeneration, which causes the gradual loss of vision.

She added: ‘Anyway, Fint rang me one morning and said, “It’s Chris Logan’s birthday and he’s having a walk with Ben Whishaw in Regent’s Park, please wish him happy birthday?’

Blunder: Judi Dench has revealed she once accidentally bared all on FaceTime

Blunder: Judi Dench has revealed she once accidentally bared all on FaceTime

Co-stars: Judi has worked alongside Ben Whishaw, 42, several times, both in the 007 franchise and on stage

Co-stars: Judi has worked alongside Ben Whishaw, 42, several times, both in the 007 franchise and on stage

Judi has worked alongside Ben Whishaw, 42, several times, both in the 007 franchise and on stage. 

The star continued: ‘And then I went upstairs, got into my bath and I thought, “Ooh I must send Chris Logan a happy birthday message”.

‘So I picked up my phone and I said, ‘Chris, happy, happy…’, and I just saw these two people turn and go *shocked*.

‘Well, It was FaceTiming them… I don’t know about FaceTime. Poor Chris… happy birthday!’

Zoe laughed off the nudity, joking: ‘What a birthday message. You can’t top that though, can you?!’

It comes after Judi revealed that she can’t see on film sets anymore and isn’t able to read scripts.

The actress, who is known for her role in many major films, including the Bond franchise, suffers from advanced macular degeneration.

She revealed that her friends help her learn lines instead and she has a photographic memory.

Despite her deteriorating eyesight, the Academy Award winner says she refuses to give up and wants to work ‘as much as I can’.

'I can't see on a film set anymore': It comes after Judi revealed this week that she refuses to retire from her acting career despite not being able to read or write due to advanced macular degeneration

‘I can’t see on a film set anymore’: It comes after Judi revealed this week that she refuses to retire from her acting career despite not being able to read or write due to advanced macular degeneration

The actress told The Mirror’s Notebook magazine: ‘I mean, I can’t see on a film set anymore. And I can’t see to read. So I can’t see much.

‘But, you know, you just deal with it. Get on.’

She added: ‘It’s difficult for me if I have any length of a part. I haven’t yet found a way. Because I have so many friends who will teach me the script. But I have a photographic memory.’

Judi 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.

This isn’t the first time the actress has opened up about her health condition. Last year she appeared on BBC’s Louis Theroux and admitted that ‘it’s bad’.

She told the broadcaster: ‘I don’t want to retire. I’m not doing much at the moment because I can’t see. It’s bad’.

Judi also revealed that while out for dinner with her partner David Mills, he had to cut up her food for her as she couldn’t see it on her plate.

‘He cut it up and handed something to me on a fork and that’s the way I ate it,’ she explained.

With over 60 years in the business Dame Judi made her first professional stage performance in 1957 and her film debut was in 1964 for The Third Secret.

Screen queen: Dame Judi has won an Academy Award for Best Actress and appeared as the eldest person to ever cover Vogue (pictured here on ITV's A Fine Romance in 1981)

Screen queen: Dame Judi has won an Academy Award for Best Actress and appeared as the eldest person to ever cover Vogue (pictured here on ITV’s A Fine Romance in 1981)

She has since appeared in Philomena and Shakespeare in Love – to name a few, with her latter role winning her an Academy Award in 1998.

Judi is also well known for playing M, the head of MI6, alongside Daniel Craig’s Bond.

The British star has also enjoyed success on stage, winning a Tony award in 1999 for Amy’s View and also a string of Olivier awards.

Four years ago, she became the eldest woman to ever cover British Vogue in its 104-year history – an achievement she still holds strong.

WHAT IS AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION? 

  •  Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disorder that affects the middle part of your vision.
  • It usually affects people in their 50s and 60s. 
  •  It does not cause total blindness. But it can make everyday activities like reading and recognising faces difficult. 
  • Without treatment, vision may get worse. This can happen gradually over several years (‘dry AMD’), or quickly over a few weeks or months (‘wet AMD’).
  •  The wet form of the disorder occurs due to leaking blood vessels under the retina and causes more sudden vision loss than the dry form.
  • Dry macular degeneration develops gradually, affecting people’s ability to do things, such as read, drive and recognise faces.

Symptoms are usually painless and include:

  • Visual distortions, such as straight lines appearing bent
  • Reduced central vision
  • Need for brighter lights
  • Difficulty adapting to low-level lights
  • Blurred printed words
  • Reduced colour brightness
  • Difficulty recognising faces

The exact cause is unknown. It’s been linked to smoking, high blood pressure, being overweight and having a family history of AMD.

Source: NHS UK & Mayo Clinic 



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