Judi Dench reveals she had a tattoo for her 81st birthday

Actress recently received her eighth Olivier Award

Judi Dench has revealed that she had a tattoo done for her 81st birthday.

The James Bond actress said she had the words “carpe diem” engraved on her wrist at her daughter Finty’s request.

She said: “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.”

Dench has joked in the past about getting inked, and famously showed off a fake tattoo tribute to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on her bum after he cast her as Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown.


“He still thinks it’s (his name) tattooed (but) my make-up lady painted it on,” she told The Daily Mirror.

Dench recently won Best Supporting Actress at the Olivier Awards for her performance in The Winter’s Tale, making it her eighth Olivier award win, more than any other individual.

Kenneth Cranham won Best Actor for The Father, beating the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Branagh, Adrian Lester and Mark Rylance.

The actress was previously linked to a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. She was touted to play Mon Mothma – the character who co-ordinates the attack on the Death Star in Return Of The Jedi – in JJ Abrams’ film but the role never materialised.

It is unclear whether Dench will make an appearance in Episode VIII. Shooting is currently continuing on the follow up to The Force Awakens.