Judi Dench may be one of the world's most acclaimed actresses, but she still worries about getting work.
The 72-year-old film and stage actress says she takes on many roles partly out of fear that her latest one could be her last.
"It's just wanting to be employed in my case," she tells the Los Angeles Times in Sunday's editions. "Trevor Nunn once said to me: 'You're always in tears on the first night.' And I said, 'I'm so frightened that nobody's going to ask me to do the next thing.' I get so fearful about that kind of thing."
Dench currently stars in the psychological drama "Notes on a Scandal" as a lonely, churlish teacher preying on a colleague played by Cate Blanchett. The role landed her a Golden Globe nomination this month for best actress.
Dench has been nominated for five Academy Awards. She won for best supporting actress in 1998 for her turn as Queen Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love."
Other credits include "Casino Royale," "Mrs. Henderson Presents" and "Chocolat."