Veteran actress Judi Dench has become a huge fan of Dev Patel

Veteran actress Judi Dench has become a huge fan of her THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL co-star Dev Patel, saying he`s the most energetic actor she has ever met.

The 77-year-old Oscar winner has become a fan of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star and says she will be watching his career closely, reported Contactmusic.com.

“He`s probably got more energy than any actor I`ve met in 56 years of being in the theatre. He is a powerhouse, like a very strong battery and he always wants to try new things; each take is never quite the same so it`s very, very exciting. Plus, he`s utterly delightful and I will watch his career fantastically closely,” Dench said.

The Fox Star Studios comedy-drama directed by John Madden also stars Celia Imrie, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Penelope Wilton, and will hit theatres in India on May 18.

The film centers on a supposedly newly restored palace-hotel in Rajasthan aka THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, advertised as India’s answer for the UK’s most elegant retirees – a place where they can spend their golden years surrounded by lush amenities – that is, until seven retirees find themselves on the front steps of the not-quite-ready resort!!