Dame Judi Dench has revealed she has had her first coronavirus vaccine, saying it’s a ‘great start’ to getting the pandemic under control.
The Oscar-winning actress, 86, revealed to BBC News: ‘I had one a week ago. I think my next is in something like 11 weeks time. That’s a great start.’
She is the latest in a string of celebrities including Sir Ian McKellen, Prue Leith, Sir David Attenborough and Sir Tom Jones who have already been vaccinated against Covid-19.
It is hoped that with mass vaccination life can eventually start to get back to normal, including venues like theatres being able to open once more.
Dame Judi added: ‘Theatres ought to have people in them. Anyone who’s ever gone in to an empty theatre knows it’s a very, very curious feeling, the fact that they’re standing empty.
‘During the lockdown suddenly one realises you just need social contact with people.
‘Just the thing of sitting next to somebody in a theatre, or in a cinema, or at supper even, or at lunch, those are things you suddenly realise that you take for granted.’
She added: ‘It’s appalling and it’s terrible for all that community of people in theatres, not just the actors, but all the crews, the stage doormen, and everybody who looks after the theatre, the cleaners. They’re not doing anything.’
Dame Judi also acknowledged how grateful she was to still be able to work amid the restrictions, filming Belfast with Sir Kenneth Branagh with all necessary precautions in place.
She explained: ‘[It was a] huge relief to do something, otherwise you wake up and you think, what is the thing I’ll do today?
‘It’s very difficult if you’ve not got a work discipline to get yourself started in the morning really. It’s terribly easy to just sit and do nothing.’
As well as Dame Judi, other high profile names who have received the jab so far include The Queen and Prince Phillip and Dame Joan Collins who called it ‘painless and seamless’.
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