Judi Dench to star alongside Cumberbatch after public plea

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04 June 2014

Dame Judi Dench will star with Benedict Cumberbatch in a TV production of Richard III after he made a public appeal at the Hay Festival this weekend.

Dame Judi Dench agreed to star in an adaptation of Richard III after a public plea from Benedict Cumberbatch at the weekend. The veteran actress was taking part in a question and answer session at the Hay Festival in Powys, Wales when the Sherlock star - who will take on the title role in the BBC drama this autumn - jumped at the chance to pin her down to the project following lengthy rumours he was keen to have her on board to play Queen Margaret in the Shakespearean tale. Benedict asked: "Would you like to be in Richard III with me?" After a lengthy pause, Judi replied: "Yeah."

'There was a rather good theatrical pause until she finally said, Yeah'

Apparently there was a rather good theatrical pause until she finally said, "Yeah".

The actor joined the Skyfall star on stage for a mini performance of a number of Shakespeare plays, including Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra.

The 79-year-old actress recalled her appearance in the latter production opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins in 1987, admitting many felt her casting was unlikely.

She said: "People just laughed when it was announced I was going to be Cleopatra - she's meant to be a very, very tall girl so the challenge of that was considerable. As Anthony Hopkins was dying in my arms he'd say to me, 'I'm off for a nice cup of tea now'."

-Bang Showbiz

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