Actress Judi Dench celebrated her 81st birthday in December, but what did she do to commemorate the milestone?
Dench got a tattoo of the famous phrase “Carpe Diem,” which was her daughter Finty’s idea. 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. 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.”
Earlier in June, Dench showed off the wrist tattoo while shaking hands with the Earl of Wessex at a gala in England.
Last year, Judi had hinted at her desire to get some ink for her 80th birthday, in the March issue of Good Housekeeping. She said, “I am tempted to have a tattoo to mark my birthday. Finty’s very keen on me having one. 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!”