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Dame Judi Dench reveals ‘carpe diem’ birthday tattoo exclusively to Surrey Life magazine

PUBLISHED: 07:56 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:54 12 April 2018

Dame Judi Dench reveals her new tattoo to Surrey Life editor, Caroline Harrap (Photo: Andy Newbold)

Dame Judi Dench reveals her new tattoo to Surrey Life editor, Caroline Harrap (Photo: Andy Newbold)

Andy Newbold

The Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench has spoken exclusively to Surrey Life magazine about the new tattoo she got for her 81st birthday.

In a five-page interview in our latest edition, the Surrey resident reveals that she has had the words ‘carpe diem’ inked on the inside of her wrist.

“That’s my motto: Seize the day,” she said. “My daughter 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.”

The story has since been repeated by many of the national papers, but the only publication she actually spoke to about her tattoo was Surrey Life.

To read the full interview from July’s Surrey Life magazine, in which Dame Judi Dench talks about everything from her favourite places to visit in Surrey and how she likes to relax locally to her thoughts on the protection of the Green Belt, click here

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