- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dame Judi Dench turned 81 last December, and to celebrate, she seized the day by hitting up a tattoo parlor, The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday.

The British actress got the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” tattooed on her forearm just below her right wrist, the paper said.

“That’s my motto: Seize the day,” Ms. Dench told Surrey Life magazine, The Telegraph reported.

“Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday — she’s wonderful with surprises,” the Telegraph quoted the actress, referring to her 43-year-old daughter, also an actress.

“The former James Bond star previously said she was contemplating getting an Indian symbol as a tattoo,” the Telegraph said.

“There’s an Indian symbol that I like which supposedly represents life and love and everything,” the paper quoted the actress. “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.”

Oddly enough, Ms. Dench is at work on a movie revolving around the friendship between an elderly English woman and a younger Indian man. Ms. Dench will once again portray Queen Victoria in a film slated for release in 2017 titled “Victoria and Abdul,” according to the Internet Movie Database. The film centers on the 19th century monarch’s “unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.”

Ms. Dench previously portrayed Queen Elizabeth II, who is now the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, in the 1997 movie “Mrs. Brown.”

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