Judi Denchs steamiest confessions – skinny dips to naughty knicker shopping

Dame Judi Dench is well known for bringing her particular brand of gravitas to high profile roles such as M in James Bond and Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul, as well as plenty of Shakespearean plays.

But not all fans may realise that the award-winning English actress has also got a really cheeky side, as she has had plenty of raunchy moments and made steamy confessions over the years.

Dame Judi is turning 87 on December 9, so to mark her big day we have a look back at some of her more light-hearted moments, from skinny dipping to going to a "naughty knicker" shop.

Star enjoys skinny dipping

Earlier this year, Dame Judi fessed up to enjoying a spot of skinny-dipping every now and then.

The actress spilled the beans about her cheeky nude dips as she chatted to Esther Rantzen on the That's After Life! podcast.

TV star Esther was talking about going naked and Judi chimed in to say that the feeling of peeling everything off was "just heaven", and that she liked swimming in the nude.

"Well, I do that because we are lucky and we have a pool, so you can quietly do it sometimes if somebody isn't going to come around, certainly," she said.

“I don't want to be caught at it," laughed the Shakespeare In Love star.

Dame Judi makes rude embroidery

In a 2005 interview with Premier magazine, it was claimed that Dame Judi has a penchant for embroidering some rather rude things.

The mag was chatting to Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen about the film Pride And Prejudice, which Dame Judi was also in, when the star's odd hobby emerged.

The interviewer wrote: "But perhaps the most arresting memory that they take away from being on set with living legend Judi Dench is not her boundless fascination with acting but her penchant for subversive needlework."

Matthew was quoted as saying: "She makes these like needlework embroideries on set in the tedium of filming but they are all, 'You are a ****'."

Love Actually star Keira added: "She gives this fantastic air. She just sits there and she embroiders and you think, 'Oh, that's so nice! It's Judi Dench. It's so quaint; she's embroidering a cushion', and you go, 'What are you embroidering?' And (it says), 'F***!' Apparently she's got hundreds of them just covered in swear words or rude sayings."

The star hinted that she has a favourite 'naughty knicker shop'

Back in 2017, the actress hit the headlines after saying that she still had sexual desires at 82 and even had a favourite racy lingerie shop.

She told the Radio Times: "Well, of course, you still feel desire. Does that ever go? To the older reader, I would say, 'Don't give up!'"

The star then told the writer interviewing her about a London shop that was having a sale, and added: "There's a lovely naughty knicker shop next door…"

Dame Judi suggested Daniel Craig's version of James Bond was gloomy

The star – who played Bond's boss M in seven of the high-octane films – recently suggested that the later movies weren't as much fun as some of the older ones.

Many critics have said that Daniel's 007 is a more serious incarnation of the suave spy than Sean Connery or Roger Moore's.

And Dame Judi seemed to agree when she said on Esther Rantzen's podcast: "The script isn't so funny, I know, I agree."

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