Speaks of her ‘wonderful’ relationship with David Mills and admits she never expected to find love again after husband’s death
Dame Judi Dench has revealed that she never expected to find love again following the death of her beloved husband.
The stalwart of screen and stage was heartbroken after losing partner Michael Williams to cancer in 2001 following 30 years of marriage.
And now she has spoken about how she didn’t think ‘for a second’ that she would enjoy another romance, insisting her relationship with conservationist David Mills took her by surprise.
Wonderful: Dame Judi Dench has spoken about her relationship with David Mills on The Times Magazine
In an interview with The Times magazine, she said: ‘I wasn’t even prepared to be ready for it… It was very gradual and grown up. We got together, in a way, through the animals. It’s just wonderful.’
However, the Bond actress – who turns 80 on Tuesday – is adamant that the couple have no plans to live together because they are far too busy.
She added: ‘We are much too independent. And he is very busy. He has a business to run.
‘But he is so lovely, with a great sense of humour. Now it’s absolutely wonderful because there’s somebody who makes me laugh. Isn’t it lovely?’
Unexpected: The Oscar-winning actress insists she ‘never expected’ to find love again after losing husband Michael Williams to cancer in 2001
Beloved: The couple were married for 30 years and were best friends before they walked down the aisle
The pair were first linked four years and the veteran actress insisted it was their shared sense of humour that first bonded them.
She said last year: ‘It’s great to meet someone who shares your sense of humour and interests.
‘I haven’t really talked about him, but it’s jolly nice to have someone to laugh with.’
Feisty and independent as ever, Dame Judi recently insisted she is driven mad by people constantly asking if she’s ready to slow down.
Bond: The veteran star reveals she bonded with the conservationist over their shared humour and love of animals
Independent: However, Dame Judi, who turns 80 on Tuesday, insists they are too busy to live together
She told the Express: ‘It drives me absolutely spare when people say: “Are you going to retire?” or “Don’t you think it’s time you put your feet up?”‘
The star also revealed that it was throwing herself into work which helped her cope with Michael’s death.
‘It came to my rescue. I went to Nova Scotia almost immediately after Michael’s funeral and made The Shipping News with Kevin Spacey. And then I came back and the day after started Iris.
‘And then I was into Pride & Prejudice. Friends kept saying: “You are not facing up to it”, but I felt I was; in the acting. Grief supplies you with an enormous amount of energy. I needed to use that up.’
Hard worker: The star reveals she gets angry when people ask when she’s going to retire and reveals getting back to work on The Shipping News with Kevin Spacey helped her cope with Michael’s death
Source : Daily Mail