Judi Dench Reveals How She's Coping with Losing Her Vision

She has been a big star for decades and is accustomed to being the main female lead in movies.

But sometimes Dame Judi Dench, 80, has much bigger scripts than her costars for another reason – her eyesight.

Judi Dench Gets (Very) Candid About Aging: 'I'd Rather Be Young and Know Nothing'

Judi Dench is not about to put the brakes on a remarkable career that has already spanned nearly six decades.

But the 80-year-old wouldn’t mind shaving off a few of those years.

In an interview in PEOPLE’s new issue, she shares some candid thoughts about her time in life.

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith Get Kisses from the Royals!

Acting royalty mingled with real-life royalty at a special film premiere in London Tuesday.

Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith got kisses on each cheek as they met Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at the world premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opens March 6 in the U.S.

Denzel Washington, Judi Dench Honored by AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

They only get better with age.

Denzel Washington and Judi Dench have been honored with the top acting prizes by this year’s Movies for Grownups Awards, presented by AARP, celebrating actors over 50 and films made for older audiences.

Dench, 78, was celebrated for her work on The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, also starring Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson, which was also named best picture.

GLAAD Award Nominees: Modern Family, Glee, The New Normal Make the Grade

Last July when emerging R&B star Frank Ocean published an emotional letter detailing an early love affair with a man, his “coming out” story made headlines in the hip-hop world and beyond.

Now, the Grammy-nominated songwriter is being honored by GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media advocacy and anti-defamation organization.