Dame Judi Dench had ‘extraordinary energy’ after hubby’s death

Washington: Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she felt an “extraordinary energy” after her late husband Michael Williams died 11 years ago.

The veteran actress says that she found it helpful to grieve by doing one job after another in a short space of time and admits her busy working schedule nearly gave her agent a fit.

“I had this extraordinary energy after Michael died. I went off to Nova Scotia and did six weeks on ‘The Shipping News’. Then I came home and two days later I started ‘Iris’. Then I did some more work on ‘The Shipping News’. And two days after I started ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling Stella magazine.

“My poor agent nearly had a fit because I was cutting things so fine. But I found working at that pace and doing those kinds of parts helped me. Whereas playing a grief-stricken widow would have been no help at all,” she said.

The 77-year-old actress is set to portray a woman whose husband has just died in her latest film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, and insists that it wasn’t an emotional decision only.

“It wasn’t just an emotional decision. There were professional reasons, too. I think if I’d played a grief-stricken widow too soon after Michael died I might have over-egged the part. Or at least I don’t think my judgment would have been that good,” she added.