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Dame Judi Dench Wants A Tattoo To Mark Her 80th Birthday - Could She Be Any More Awesome?

28/01/2015 16:34 GMT | Updated 28/01/2015 16:59 GMT

When you think of a stereotypical past time for grandparents, activities such as knitting, gardening and baking come to mind.

But Dame Judi Dench isn't your average gran.

To mark her 80th birthday, the actress has said she's tempted to get a tattoo.

"There’s an Indian symbol that I like which supposedly represents life and love and everything," she said in an interview with Good Housekeeping Magazine.

"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."

Apparently Dame Judi's daughter, Finty Williams, loves the idea of her mum getting inked.

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The Hollywood star turned 80 in December, but she said the word "old" is banned in her house.

"The thought of putting my feet up doesn’t appeal at all – no, no, no. I’ve got plenty of time for that at weekends or on odd days off.

"The prospect of no work on the horizon makes me a bit edgy. I have no particular ambitions – I just want to be employed," she added.

Dame Judi went on to say she'd never have a facelift because then she'd stop getting all the parts "for old people".

The actresses's are a reminder that age is nothing but a number - you can be fierce, ambitious, daring or go out and get a tattoo whether you're 18 or 80.

With Twiggy being hired as the face of L'Oréal aged 65 and Joan Didion (80) and Joni Mitchell (71) starring in Céline and Yves Saint Laurent campaigns, it seems the media is also starting to understand that women do not disappear when they hit middle-age.

The full interview with Dame Judi Dench is in the March issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale Tuesday 3 February 2015.

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