Judi Dench is known as one of the world’s leading actresses, but the iconic star was once told that she’d “never make a film”. 

The 87-year-old star looked back on the incident during a new interview with the Sunday Times Magazine.

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“He was perfectly nice, but at the end he said, ‘You’ll never make a film. You have the wrong face,'” she recalled. “And I said that is fine, I don’t like film anyway. I want to go back to the theatre.”

At the time, Dench was best known for her extensive theatre work. It wasn’t until 1997 that the Oscar winner landed a leading movie role as Queen Victoria in “Mrs Brown”. 

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Dench has since gone on the nab an Oscar, a Golden Globe and Multiple BAFTAs.