Judi Dench has first ever tattoo aged 81

As a gift from her daughter 

Friday 01 July 2016 16:20 BST
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Judi Dench (AP)

Dame Judi Dench has been given an unusual 81st birthday present by her daughter - her first ever tattoo.

The actress had the words “carpe diem” inked on her wrist as a gift from her actress daughter Finty Williams.

She told Surrey Life magazine: “That's my motto: Seize the day. Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday - she's wonderful with surprises.

Seize the day: Dench got this ink in St Martin’s for her 81st birthday (PA (PA)

“Mind you the company of A Winter's Tale, which I was doing at the time, used to say that it said fish of the day.”

The former James Bond star previously told Good Housekeeping she was contemplating getting an Indian symbol tattooed and has also joked that she would like to have Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's name inked on her bottom.

She told Good Housekeeping: “There's an Indian symbol that I like which supposedly represents life and love and everything.

“One of the cameramen who worked on The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel told me what it meant, but I'm a bit nervous in case I'm being set up - It might be unbelievably rude.”

Dame Judi will soon be seen in Tim Burton's film Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, which is due for UK release in September.

PA

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