Dame Judi Dench Admits To Being An 'Avid Fan' Of Downton Abbey

But the iconic actress also enjoys watching University Challenge

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She's a seasoned actress of the screen and stage and now Judi Dench has revealed that she is an "avid fan" of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey.

Revealing that she likes to watch the show which stars her friend and fellow actress Dame Maggie Smith, Dench told the Metro in an interview: "I am an avid fan of Downton Abbey [featuring her fellow dame and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel co-star Maggie Smith]".

Judi has revealed that she is a fan of Downton Abbey (WENN)

But that's not the only show Judi whose time as M in James Bond came to an end on Skyfall, is a fan of as she went on to reveal:

"I love University Challenge. Love it! Though if I can answer three questions that is quite a high score for me. What I love is playing “Who’s the drinker?”’ (as in water, not alcohol).

"There are the ones who are very self-conscious and take a… [she mimes taking a smug gulp] when they get the answer right. It is terribly funny. You can have bets on it."

Meanwhile, the 78 year-old also admitted that her family were "uncool" on the red carpet of the Oscars one year.

Recalling the experience of rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood's greatest stars who were also walking the red carpet, Dench said:

"We had a wonderful time at it, my husband, when he was alive, and my daughter Finty, who nearly fainted when she met Antonio Banderas. We were all like children going: “Oh look, who’s there?” We were very, very uncool."

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Steve Coogan and Judi Dench bring glamour at the Philomena premiere in London (James Shaw/WENN)