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Judi Dench: ‘Nothing is good about getting older. Nothing. After a certain age, you’re meant to pack it up, but I have no inkling to do so. The idea of putting my feet up fills me with dread’ Picture: David Azia/Getty

Even after a glittering 60-year career in cinema and theatre which has seen her win many accolades, Judi Dench still guards against complacency and irrelevance.

‘I’d like to get it right here,” says Judi Dench, pointing to the skin on the underside of her left wrist. She polishes the area gently while pondering the site for a small tattoo. Potentially an Indian symbol.

“Have you any tattoos?” the actress asks, scanning the limited exposed flesh on my person. None, I say. But the wrist is supposedly one of the more painful areas to ink. Thin skin, close to the...

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