Dame Judi Dench has marked her 81st birthday in a most permanent way: by getting a bold new tattoo! The Skyfall actress surprised fans by revealing that she took daughter Finty Williams up on her offer to pay for some birthday ink, opting to have her wrist marked with the phrase 'Carpe Diem.'
"That's my motto: seize the day," Judi explained to Surrey Life. "Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday – she's wonderful with surprises."
While the actress kept the news of her tattoo fairly quiet at the time, she was first spotted rocking the inking when she headed to the Duke of Edinburgh's Anniversary Diamonds Are Forever gala. Showing off her edgy side, Judi also chose a temporary crystal tattoo reading '007' in a sparkling tribute to the James Bond series.
It doesn't come as a total shock that the actress chose to get a tattoo, as she has previously admitted to toying with the idea, including deciding what design she would eventually go for.
"I am tempted to have a tattoo to mark my birthday," she told Good Housekeeping last year. "Finty's very keen on me having one."
The Philomena star then confessed that she was considering a particular symbol, but had some reservations as to its actual meaning.
"There's an Indian symbol that I like which supposedly represents life and love and everything," she explained. "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!"
It was during the filming of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that the actress opened up about her struggle with macular degeneration – an age-related disease that causes a gradual loss of central vision.
The screen icon explained that it meant she could no longer travel alone due to her failing eyesight. "These days I can't really travel on my own because I need someone to say, 'Look out, there's a step here!' or else I fall all over the place like a mad, drunk lady," Judi admitted to Radio Times.