Judi Dench on returning to a favorite role for 'Victoria and Abdul' (plus, exclusive featurette)

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Judi Dench on returning to a favorite role for 'Victoria and Abdul' (plus, exclusive featurette)

Victoria and Abdul</a>, </em>Judi Dench revisits the role of Queen Victoria, which she first played 20 years ago in Mrs. Brown. Did she re-watch her Oscar-nominated performance in that 1997 drama, about Victoria’s friendship with a Scottish servant, to get back into character as the queen? “No, no, no, I didn’t,” Dench emphatically told Yahoo Entertainment, adding mischievously, “I hope it’s the same person!”” data-reactid=”23″>In Victoria and Abdul, Judi Dench revisits the role of Queen Victoria, which she first played 20 years ago in Mrs. Brown. Did she re-watch her Oscar-nominated performance in that 1997 drama, about Victoria’s friendship with a Scottish servant, to get back into character as the queen? “No, no, no, I didn’t,” Dench emphatically told Yahoo Entertainment, adding mischievously, “I hope it’s the same person!”

Love, and has gone on to receive five more nominations. But no, she hasn’t watched a single one of those films since they premiered. “I am very, very self-critical, and I don’t watch them with any ease,” she explained. “It’s not like the theater where you could get it better the next night, you know. You’ve got to settle with what’s there.”” data-reactid=”24″>Dame Judi needn’t worry. Not only is her Queen Victoria clearly the same royal personage (albeit two decades older), but her performance in Victoria and Abdul is receiving the same kind of accolades that led to that first Oscar nomination. Dench subsequently won an Academy Award for her performance as a different queen, Elizabeth I, in 1999’s Shakespeare in Love, and has gone on to receive five more nominations. But no, she hasn’t watched a single one of those films since they premiered. “I am very, very self-critical, and I don’t watch them with any ease,” she explained. “It’s not like the theater where you could get it better the next night, you know. You’ve got to settle with what’s there.”