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Dame Judi Dench Sparks Twitter Meltdown As She Celebrates 83rd Birthday With Very British Cake

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Dame Judi Dench turned 83 on Saturday and made sure to celebrate her special day with a very British birthday cake. The actress’ daughter, Finty Williams, took to Twitter to share an incredibly cute snap of her mother posing with a cake that’s loved across the U.K…. Colin the Caterpillar. The Marks & Spencer chocolate […]
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How Did Dame Judi Dench Celebrate Her 81st Birthday? By Getting a Tattoo, of Course!

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How Did Dame Judi Dench Celebrate Her 81st Birthday? By Getting a Tattoo, of Course!
Image Source: Getty / David M. Benett Dame Judi Dench is the latest celebrity to join the tattoo club. The 81-year-old actress showed off her new ink while attending the Prince's Trust gala in Buckinghamshire, England, on June 9. The design, which is located on the inside of her wrist, reads "Carpe Diem," or "Seize the Day" in Latin. Not only does the tat represent Dame's motto, but it was also a gift from her daughter, Finty Williams, for her birthday in December. "Finty gave it to me for my 81st birthday - she's wonderful with surprises," the actress revealed to Surrey Life. So sweet! Get a better look at her ink below. Image Source: Getty / Wpa Pool
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Mark Gatiss, Judi Dench to star in live election play The Vote for More4

Dame Judi Dench and Mark Gatiss are to star in a new stage play that will be broadcast live on More4.

The Vote - set in a fictional polling station - will make theatrical history when it is shown live on election night, as polls close on May 7 from 8.30pm.

Consisting of 50 actors in total, it will also star Catherine Tate and EastEnders' Timothy West.

The play from James Graham will open at London's Donmar Warehouse for two weeks ahead of the live broadcast. Graham also wrote Channel 4's Nick Clegg drama Coalition.

Dench will play a voter who arrives at the station with her daughter, played by real life daughter Finty Williams.

"This is a unique opportunity for the Donmar to make a small theatre feel very big," said artistic director Josie Rourke.

"Some of the nation's greatest actors are coming together this election night to give
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Judi Dench Reveals How She's Coping with Losing Her Vision

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Judi Dench Reveals How She's Coping with Losing Her Vision
She has been a big star for decades and is accustomed to being the main female lead in movies. But sometimes Dame Judi Dench, 80, has much bigger scripts than her costars for another reason - her eyesight. Dench, who revealed in 2012 that she suffers from macular degeneration that can lead to blindness, says that she has the typeface enlarged so she can read scripts. "So, if six of us were coming in to read a sonnet they'd all have one piece of paper and I'd have two or three," she tells People in the magazine's new issue. Chuckling, she adds,
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Judi Dench Reveals How She's Coping with Losing Her Vision

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Judi Dench Reveals How She's Coping with Losing Her Vision
She has been a big star for decades and is accustomed to being the main female lead in movies. But sometimes Dame Judi Dench, 80, has much bigger scripts than her costars for another reason - her eyesight. Dench, who revealed in 2012 that she suffers from macular degeneration that can lead to blindness, says that she has the typeface enlarged so she can read scripts. "So, if six of us were coming in to read a sonnet they'd all have one piece of paper and I'd have two or three," she tells People in the magazine's new issue. Chuckling, she adds,
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What to say about ... Twelfth Night

Sir Peter and Rebecca Hall's Twelfth Night is a father-and-daughter affair, but the critics feel it's lacking a sense of family fun

It's Bogof on Halls at the National right now, and the critics have been filling up their trolleys. "This production of Twelfth Night is [Sir Peter Hall's 80th] birthday present to himself and us," explains the Telegraph's Charles Spencer, "and it stars, movingly and magnificently, his daughter Rebecca Hall, now better known as a rising star of Hollywood."

"It catches perfectly the play's melancholy and preoccupation with time, transitoriness and loss," says our own Michael Billington, "even if it cannot efface golden memories of the one he did at Stratford in 1958." (No indeed. 1958, how will any of us forget it?) Even the Hollywood Reporter gets in on things, using words like "players" and "clad" to prove that, yes that's right, it does British theatre. (So long as there's a movie star involved.
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Dench Misses Sense Of Community

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Dench Misses Sense Of Community
Dame Judi Dench relished working on U.K. TV series Cranford - because the period drama reminded her of the tight-knit community she lived in as a girl.

The veteran actress starred in the programme - set in a fictional village called Cranford in Cheshire, England - alongside her daughter Finty Williams in 2007 and recently reprised her role for two new Christmas episodes.

And revisiting the set made Dench realise how much she misses the sense of community spirit that she experienced in her youth.

She tells Yours magazine, "It (Cranford) is still the place where people watch out for one another and know each other's business. It takes me back to when I was a little girl in the Thirties and Forties. I remember friends of ours being blitzed (bombed during World War II) in York and everybody rallied round bringing food and clothes, which was wonderful. Now we tend to shy away from that. I'm always rather thrilled that people can't find my house on their Sat Nav (satellite navigation system). But still, there is something to be said for a community that cares."

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