Judi Dench Has Knee Replacement Surgery, Walks Red Carpet Six Weeks Later

Judi Dench’s knee surgery didn’t stop her from walking the red carpet in mid-October. Dench, who suffered from knee problems for years, went under the knife on September 6.

According to Dench, following her knee replacement she told her doctor, “On October 16 I will walk up a red carpet unaided.” Sure enough the famed actress kept true to her word as she attended the premiere of her film Philomena.

As she explained her surgery the actress showed her knee scar to The Daily Mirror, while proclaiming, “The scar’s from here to here, there to there. I have a completely new knee now. It’s brilliant.”

Not only did Dame Judi Dench walk down the red carpet, she did so without the assistance of crunches or even a simple cane. When asked how, at 78-years-old, she managed such a quick recovery Dench said “You set your mind to a goal and go for it.”

It doesn’t appear that Dench will be slowing down anytime soon, when asked about her age she said “Don’t say ‘old’, don’t say ‘retired’, don’t say ’80’. I’m not even considering retiring.”

The Hollywood A-lister added:

“I’m not feeling my age at all. I am about 43, a tall willowy blonde 43-year-old with long legs.” She continues, “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.”

Earlier this year Dench revealed that she had been diagnosed with macular degeneration, a condition that could lead to blindness. She has since undergone treatment to help slow the effects of macular degeneration.

In the meantime check out the trailer for Judi Dench’s new film Philomena:

Are you impressed with Judi Dench’s grit and determination in coming back from knee replacement surgery after just six weeks under the knife?