Dame Judi Dench admits she fell in love with Hamlet co-star John Neville
Dame Judi Dench met her future husband, Michael Williams, when they were cast in a stage production together, but she has revealed that he is not the only co-star she has fallen in love with on stage.
The acting icon has mused on her “susceptibility” to falling for her theater colleagues, revealing that she was in love with her Hamlet stage partner John Neville.
Dame Judi, 87, spoke at an event this week at the Gielgud Theater in London’s West End, calling their time together in 1958 “beautiful.”
‘Beautiful’: Dame Judi Dench has mused on her ‘susceptibility’ to falling for her theater colleagues, revealing she was in love with her Hamlet stage partner John Neville in 1958
Richard Eden of the Daily Mail said the Oscar winner explained: “I was in Hamlet with John Neville. He was beautiful. It was beautiful.’
When asked if she fell in love with Neville, who died in 2011 at age 86, she replied, “Yes. I am very susceptible to it. I am very susceptible.’
‘It doesn’t happen all the time, and it doesn’t go to huge extremes, but it might be parts’ [stage] terror that is so exciting.’
Marriage: Dame Judi met her future husband, Michael Williams, when they were cast in a theater production together. The two were married for 30 years before dying of lung cancer in 2001 at age 65 (pictured in 1999)
Acclaimed theater actor John Neville married his wife Caroline Hooper in 1949 and they had six children together.
Dame Judi, 87, made her RSC debut as Anya in The Cherry Orchard in 1961 before starring in Twelfth Night and Macbeth. Later, she built an equally great film career.
Dame Judi’s 30-year marriage to Michael Williams was just as successful in real life as it was in the long-running sitcom A Fine Romance, in which they starred together until his death from lung cancer in 2001 at age 65.
The couple married in 1971 and shared a daughter, Finty Williams, 48, who is also an actress.
The actress has been with her partner, conservationist David Mills, for 12 years. Mills revealed last year that they were considering tieing the knot during the pandemic, going so far as to weigh the benefits of marriage.
Love: The actress has been with her partner, conservationist David Mills for 12 years (pictured together in 2015)
“We hadn’t really looked into it yet, but during the lockdown we had a serious discussion, looking at the pros and cons,” Mills told Richard Eden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
“After much thought, we decided not to and thought, ‘We’re happy to stay as we are.’ †
The actress recently revealed that she’s “scared” when she’s done acting. Lady Judi said: despite her legendary reputation, she is always afraid that no one will hire her again.
In an interview with Reader’s Digest magazine she confessed, “I’ve always thought you’re very lucky to be employed.
“I’m always scared at the end of the job because I don’t think I’m going to enlist anymore and then feel really relieved at the start of the next one.”
Stellar Career: The Actress Recently Revealed She Is ‘Scared’ When Finishing An Acting Job
Despite her decades of success, Judi, who most recently starred in the coming-of-age drama Belfast, admitted she still feels nervous about getting a new job.
She exclaimed, ‘I’ll tell you! I’m getting even more nervous now. Oh yes, much more terrifying. There are more things to consider and more things to find out and more things to learn about. And you think, “Oh God, do I have the energy to do this?”
When it comes to looking for new roles, the Belfast star is always looking for something different than anything she’s done before.
She said, “I really always hope I’ll be asked to do something different. And maybe not expected. Or something that has nothing to do with anything I’ve done before.”
On set: Judi, who last starred in the coming of age drama Belfast, said: ‘I don’t think I’ll be enlisting anymore and then feel really relieved at the start of the next one’