"So I honestly didn't have a lot of time to devote to romance."Scroll down for more...
With her husband Rodney, a former policeman, she lives in – what else?
A decade later, with no children of their own, they adopted two brothers, now grown up, and about whom she never speaks, other than to observe, slightly gloomily, that she has no grandchildren."I do think that many children now feel terribly lost and need much more help than they are getting," she says.
"The world has so many difficulties for them that didn't really exist in my day.
" is held to be the most heavily mined in the history of English drama.
As Sir Ian Mc Kellen has said: "It is a line so acclaimed and so strongly remembered that it rather inhibits any actress from taking on the role."Penelope, you might say, is more admiring than inhibited.