Has Dame Judi found love again?
Veteran actress Dame Judi Dench is reportedly dating wildlife conservationist David Mills, the first time she's been linked to anyone since the death of her husband, actor Michael Williams, in 2001.
The 76-year-old actress was spotted out with Mills, who runs an animal park and the two took to the dance floor at the Waldorf Hotel at a party to celebrate the opening night of the West End comedy Betty Blue Eyes.
They were seen arm in arm as they made their way to watch the show at the Novello Theatre. A clip of their arrival has been posted on YouTube.
Dench, who plays secret service boss M in the James Bond films, is a regular visitor to the British Wildlife Centre, which is close to her Surrey home.
"The friendship is being talked about quite openly in theatrical circles," dailymail.co.uk quoted a source as saying. "Judi seems very happy with the relationship and in fact her friends say she is the happiest she has been for several years."
But another source said: "I would be very surprised indeed if there was a new man in her life."
Although Mills confirmed that he and the actress were "close friends" he denied a relationship, saying, "This is very difficult."