With acting royalty for parents, outsiders might assume the only child of Dame and her late husband Michael Williams would have the world at her feet.
Not so, says Finty Williams — and she knows who is to blame.Miss Williams, 49, joked that she has spent three decades struggling to get a role with the Royal Shakespeare Company because her mother has already played them.
‘I’ve never worked there,’ she told the My Time Capsule podcast. ‘Not for want of trying but, you know, it’s the big dream, I’ll still hang on to it.
Mummy’s girl: Finty Williams (right), 49, joked that she has spent three decades struggling to get a role with the Royal Shakespeare Company because her mother has already played them
‘I’ve been working for 32 years now and they still don’t want me, which is absolutely fine.’
When asked if she is owed a role with the Stratford company, she said: ‘Well I’m not sure. I also do think a certain member of my family has got in there and played all the parts that I could now play. And amazingly rather well.’
Dame Judi, 87, made her RSC debut as Anya in The Cherry Orchard in 1961 before starring in Twelfth Night and Macbeth.She later carved out an equally stellar film career.
Old school: Dame Judi, 87, made her RSC debut as Anya in The Cherry Orchard in 1961 before starring in Twelfth Night and Macbeth
Miss Williams grew up in Charlecote, outside of Stratford-upon-Avon, where her mother made her RSC debut.
‘Stratford is an extraordinary place and my best friend still lives there and two great friends of mine live in Stratford and it’s very odd whenever I go back,’ she said.
‘I honestly feel like I’m going home.I haven’t lived there since I was 12, but it’s so familiar and there’s just a feeling about it that’s like a little bubble of wonderfulness that sits over that town that is just extraordinary.
‘And my dad and three of my grandparents are now buried in the graveyard next to Charlecote Park.’
Sad: Dame Judi had her daughter admitted to rehab in 2001, two weeks after the death of her father which saw her turn to alcohol to cope