Dame Judi Dench fears the Hollywood movement to expose sex pests could go too far.

Asked about the #MeToo ­campaign, she said: “As long as it doesn’t get out of hand, I think it’s fine. But I don’t want people taking advantage. I’m not ­worried, I just don’t want it to get out of hand.”

The actress, 83, also told how she had faced discrimination ­during her career for not being a stereotypical screen beauty.

Speaking at the Oldie Of The Year Awards, the Bond movie star said: “Somebody once said to me, ‘You’ve everything wrong with your face and you’ll never make films’. I said, ‘Well, thanks, that’s fine because I actually don’t want to make films. I only want to be in the theatre’. I often think of him now. Do I ever bump into him? No, he’s dead!”

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In November the actress ­admitted to mixed feelings about the sex claims rocking Hollywood.

She said: “It’s very hard when a lot of people concerned are great friends. I feel loyal to them and at the same time I feel ­appalled by what has happened to a lot of young actresses.”

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The Hollywood scandal broke last October when producer Harvey Weinstein, 65, was ­accused of sex attacks by dozens of women, allegations he denies.

Before then, Dame Judi had maintained her gratitude to the film boss for her start in Hollywood after his firm made her 1997 movie Mrs Brown.



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