Dame Judi Dench has shown that you can never be too old to seize the day after getting a tattoo for her 81st birthday.
The veteran actress was given her first inking – the words “carpe diem” on her right wrist – as a present by her daughter.
Dame Judi turned 81 in December, but it is not known when she had the Latin phrase – which means “seize the day” – tattooed.
Revealing the unusual birthday gift from her actress daughter, 43-year-old Finty Williams, Dame Judi said she is “wonderful with surprises”.
A picture taken at last month’s Chelsea Flower Show shows a glimpse of Dame Judi’s tattoo, which was hidden under a bangle and a collection of wristbands.
“That’s my motto: Seize the day,” she told Surrey Life magazine. “Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday – she’s wonderful with surprises.”
But Dame Judi admitted that the phrase had caused some confusion among her co-actors while performing in The Winter’s Tale.
She added: “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 said she was contemplating getting an Indian symbol as a tattoo.
She has also joked that she would like to have Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s name inked on her bottom.
Dame Judi previously said: “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 is not the only veteran actress with an inking, suggesting tattoos are no longer the preserve of the young.
David Dimbleby had a scorpion inked on his shoulder when he was 75, and Felicity Kendal got the first of many tattoos when she was 63.
And Dame Helen Mirren, 70, has interlocking V’s on her left hand, which she previously claimed was carried out while she was “very drunk” in her youth.
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.