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Apparently Dame Judi Dench Makes Naughty Needlepoint in Her Free Time

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Proving even more what a BAMF she is, Dame Judi Dench once spent her downtime on movie sets doing subversive needlework littered with words you can’t say on network television.

Matthew Macfayden and Keira Knightley — who appeared alongside Dench in the 2005 remake of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ — once told Premiere Magazine (via Jezebel):

“She makes these like needlework embroideries on set in the tedium of filming,” says MacFadyen, “but they are all: ‘You Are a C–t.’ And she gives them as presents. And it’s Dame Judi Dench. And she is doing this beautifully, intricate, ornate (work). You kind of see the work materializing as the shoot goes on. Like: ‘You Are a Fucking S–t.’”

Knightley never received her embroidered cushion from Dench but remarks, “I love that! 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–k!’ Apparently she’s got hundreds of them just covered in swear words or rude sayings.”

If you need us, we’ll just be over here petitioning Judi Dench to become our grandmother. Or to at least send us one of those cushions. (Pretty effing please?)

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