Dame Judi Dench has celebrated her 81st birthday with her first ever inking, courtesy of her daughter, Finty.
The tattoo, which is visible on the inside of her wrist, reads 'Carpe Diem' - exactly the kind of cute sentiment we'd expect from Judi as she doesn't give a rat's about conforming to societal expectations and is very much the kind of legend who'll always seize the day. If there's one woman over the age of 80 who remains forever young at heart, it's Dench. She's cheeky, she doesn't take herself too seriously, and she always has something interesting to say.
Speaking to The Mirror online, Dame Judi explained, 'That’s my motto: seize the day, Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday – she’s wonderful with surprises.'
Though she went with her beloved motto, Dench was originally tempted by the idea of an Indian symbol.
‘I am tempted to have a tattoo to mark my birthday. Finty’s very keen on me having one,’ she revealed. ‘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…’ Dame Judi explained... 'It might be unbelievably rude!’
If it was, it wouldn't surprise us if she still had it done, and maybe she did - somewhere cameras won't be able to detect it - but she's not telling. The saucy minx.
If we're even a fifth of the legend that Judi is, aged 81, we'll be doing incredibly well.