Dame Judi Dench turned to pet parrot for help after 'frightful fall' at home

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Dame Judi Dench during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.
Dame Judi Dench had a fall at home. (PA)

Dame Judi Dench has revealed she had a “frightful fall” at home and had to turn to her parrot for help.

The 87-year-old said she took a tumble when she tripped on her carpet, and ended up stuck on the floor for half an hour because she was alone at her Surrey home.

According to the Mirror, the star said all she had for help was her pet parrot, Sweetheart.

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“I had a frightful fall not long ago,” Dame Judi was quoted as telling Saga magazine, as she discussed keeping your independence as you get older.

“I tripped over the carpet, and there was nobody in the house and I was lying on the ground unable to get up for half an hour.

“I have a wonderful parrot who kept saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ This is when you need a very convenient parrot who would phone somebody – but she didn’t.”

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Dame Judi Dench during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening.
The star's parrot was no help. (PA)

The actor said that after 30 minutes she was able to just get up.

Last year Dame Judi revealed she’d had to come up with new ways of learning her lines as her eyesight deteriorates.

She said one of the things she does to get round it is to have friends repeat her lines to her.

Explaining her line-learning tricks at an online event for sight loss charity the Vision Foundation, Dame Judi said: “You find a way of just getting about and getting over the things that you find very very difficult."

Judi Dench attends the �Belfast� European Premiere, 65th BFI London Film Festival at Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall. (Photo by Loredana Sangiuliano / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
The star lives in Surrey. (SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

She went on: “I have had to find another way of learning lines and things, which is having great friends of mine repeat them to me over and over and over again, and that's the way I can learn.

"So I have to learn through repetition, and I just hope that people won’t notice too much if all the lines are completely hopeless!”

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