PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 00:01, Tue, Nov 17, 2020
Judi Dench has opened up about her relationship with Geoffrey Palmer days after his death. The Butterflies actor died on November 5 age 93.
He informed me that they’d wanted Jean Simmons for the part
The 85-year-old has now said the pair got off to a shaky start but thankfully went on to be inseparable friends for almost three decades.
The actress recalled their first meal together, before appearing in As Time Goes By from 1992 onwards.
He spent 14 years playing Lionel Hardcastle, Judi’s onscreen sparring partner in the BBC sitcom.
However, Geoffrey had informed her how "they’d wanted Jean Simmons for the part".
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Judi Dench has recalled first meeting co-star Geoffrey Palmer (Image: GETTY)
Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer went on to become firm friends (Image: GETTY)
Judi played Jean in the hugely-popular show, which ran until 2005.
Speaking in a new interview with this week's Radio Times, she said it almost didn’t happen.
"We met for lunch to discuss the show," she recalled.
"He got us off to a good start