Judi Dench Walked the Red Carpet to Promote 'Philomena', After Only Six Weeks of Surgery

12:31 PM EDT 10/28/2013 by Mara Favis, Celebeat Reporter

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Dame Judi Dench walked the red carpet after only six weeks of surgery in order to promote Philomena, the story of a woman searching for her long-lost son, WebProNews reported.

The movie is receiving a lot of good reviews from critics, in part due to Dench's remarkable acting prowess as Philomena Lee.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the Oscar winner said she's very committed to her work that she ensured that she would be ready for the premiere after a knee surgery only six weeks ago.

"I have a completely new knee now. It's brilliant," the actress told the Mirror. "When I had it done on September 6, I said to my surgeon 'On October 16 I will walk up a red carpet unaided,' and so I did. You set your mind to a goal and go for it."

"I'm not feeling my age at all," Dench said. "I am about 43, a tall willowy blonde 43-year-old with long legs. I don't want to slow down at all. We don't say the word retirement in our house. Old and retired are totally banned. Energy keeps me going."

According to the Guardian, there was a group of firefighters who broke into chants of "We love you Judi." They are members of the Fire Brigades Union and were protesting the pension cuts.

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