Tattoos are usually a symbol of rash youth but it appears at the age of 65, Amanda Burton may be joining Dame Judi Dench and David Dimbleby, who decided to get inked later on in life. The Silent Witness star was spotted leaving the Old Town Tattoo shop in Hastings earlier last month clutching a piece of paper, which could perhaps have been a design for an inking.

The actress looked in good spirits as she left the studio with much of her body covered up in a casual outfit, so as not to reveal where she she had her debut inking. Amanda donned a blue and white striped shirt beneath a casual navy jacket, which she teamed with brown cropped trousers and black shoes.

She swept her blonde locks up into a loose up do, while she highlighted her features with a light palette of make-up.  The TV personality seemingly had a busy day running errands around the south coast as she carried a shopping bag out of the tattoo parlour, which was later seen packed with groceries and flowers. 

Amanda’s tattoo follows in the footsteps of another actress who got inked in their later years, with Dame Judi Dench getting her first tattoo for her 81st birthday. Her unconventional present was given to the star, now 87, in 2015 by daughter Finty, had the words ‘carpe diem’ inked onto her right wrist. 

Other veteran TV stars with tattoos include Dame Helen Mirren, aged 76, who has been inked with interlocking Vs on her left hand. While David Dimbleby, now 83,  threw caution to the wind at the age of 75 in 2013 by having a scorpion inked onto his shoulder.

Elsewhere, Amanda recently reprised her role as Sam Ryder on the BBC series for its 25th anniversary, saying: ‘It took me by surprise.’The show, the longest-running crime drama currently airing anywhere in the world, promised a Covid-inspired storyline to a long-anticipated romance between Nikki Alexander .

Burton made her debut as pathologist Sam Ryan in February 1996 – the year of Dolly the Sheep, the Spice Girls’ debut and Diana and Charles were about to finalise their divorce before leaving early in series eight in 2004. 

Last month, she returned when her husband Jomo Mashaba (Hugh Quarshie) is shot dead and Dr Nikki is called to help solve the case. Fans last saw the character who appeared in 54 episodes  leaving to return home to Northern Ireland to be with her family.

Speaking on reprising her role, she said: ‘I am so excited to be returning to Silent Witness and stepping back into Sam Ryan’s shoes – with a difference. ‘Audiences can look forward to plenty of twists and turns as they discover what Sam’s been doing since leaving the Lyell.’


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