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By Randee Dawn

You're never too old to seize the day!

For some of us, tattoos are a young person's "thing." By the time we reach our 80s, we'll be sensible and ink-free (or at least no longer getting fresh tats). Not so for Dame Judi Dench!

The 81-year-old told Surrey Life (as reported in the Mirror) that she got the phrase "carpe diem" in script on her inside right wrist as a birthday present from her daughter.

"That’s my motto: 'Seize the day,'" she said. "Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday — she's wonderful with surprises."

The Earl of Wessex (left) talks with Dame Judi Dench
The ink is revealed!WPA Pool / Getty Images

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Dench added, "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.'"

She turned 81 last December, but the news of the tattoo is only now making headlines.

Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench in April.Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Apparently Dench has had getting a tattoo on her mind for a while now; in 2012 she sported a temporary jeweled "007" tattoo (she played the character of "M" in several James Bond films) at the premiere of "Skyfall."

And last year, she reportedly told the Mirror, "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."

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Looks like she went in a slightly different direction. We love it either way!

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