Silent Witness star Amanda Burton, 65, gets her first tattoo

Tattoos are often a sign of reckless youth – but at 65, Amanda Burton could be joining the ranks of Sir Judi Dench and Sir David Dimbleby, who have decided to get tattoos later in life.

Earlier last month, the Silent Witness star was spotted leaving the Old Town tattoo parlour in Hastings with a piece of paper, which may have been an ink design.

The actress looked refreshed as she left the studio, with much of her body obscured by casual attire so as not to reveal where her debut was inked.

good for you!Tattoos are often a sign of reckless youth - but at 65, Amanda Burton may join Sir Judi Dench and Sir David Dimbleby, who decides later in life tattoo

good for you!Tattoos are often a sign of reckless youth – but at 65, Amanda Burton may join Sir Judi Dench and Sir David Dimbleby, who decides later in life tattoo

Amanda wore a blue and white striped shirt under a casual navy jacket with cropped brown pants and black shoes.

She brushed her blonde hair into a loose hairstyle while accentuating her features with light makeup.

The TV personality appeared to be busy running errands on the South Coast as she walked out of the tattoo parlor carrying a shopping bag that was later seen full of groceries and flowers.

Amanda’s tattoo follows in the footsteps of another tattooed actress in her later years, Mrs. Judi Dench getting her first tattoo on her 81st birthday.

New look: Last month, the Silent Witness star was spotted leaving the Old Town tattoo parlour in Hastings with a piece of paper in hand, which may have been Ink's design

New look: Last month, the Silent Witness star was spotted leaving the Old Town tattoo parlour in Hastings with a piece of paper in hand, which may have been Ink’s design

Daughter Finty gave the 87-year-old star her unconventional gift in 2015, with the words “Happy Time” emblazoned on her right wrist.

Other veteran TV stars with tattoos include Dame Helen Mirren, 76, who has an interlocking Vs on her left hand.

In 2013, David Dimbleby, 83, put a scorpion on his shoulder at the age of 75, putting caution behind him.

Inked: Amanda's tattoo follows in the footsteps of another actress who got inked late in life, Mrs. Judi Dench getting her first tattoo on her 81st birthday (taken in 2018)

Inked: Amanda’s tattoo follows in the footsteps of another actress who got inked late in life, Mrs. Judi Dench getting her first tattoo on her 81st birthday (taken in 2018)

Tats nice: Other veteran TV stars with tattoos include Dame Helen Mirren, 76, who has an interlocking Vs printed on her left hand

Tats nice: Other veteran TV stars with tattoos include Dame Helen Mirren, 76, who has an interlocking Vs printed on her left hand

Elsewhere, Amanda, who recently reprised her role as Sam Ryder on the BBC series 25th Anniversary, said: “It surprised me.”

The show, currently the longest running crime drama anywhere in the world, promises to play a role between Nicky Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Jack Hodgson (Northern Irish actor David Caves). A Covid-inspired storyline in the long-awaited romance.

Burton made his debut as pathologist Sam Ryan in February 1996 — the year Dolly the Lamb, Spice Girls, Diana and Charles were about to complete their divorce — and then in 2004 left earlier in its eighth season.

She has come back! Elsewhere, Amanda recently reprised her role as Sam Ryder on the 25th anniversary of the BBC series, saying:

She has come back! Elsewhere, Amanda recently reprised her role as Sam Ryder on the 25th anniversary of the BBC series, saying: “It surprised me”

The dynamic duo: When the hit series returned for season 25 last month, former Silent Witness star Amanda Burton (left) met her successor Emilia Fox (right) on-screen

The dynamic duo: When the hit series returned for season 25 last month, former Silent Witness star Amanda Burton (left) met her successor Emilia Fox (right) on-screen

When she returned last month when her husband, Hugh Quarshie, was shot dead, Dr. Nikki was called in to help solve the case.

Fans last saw the character – who appeared in episode 54 – leave to return to Northern Ireland to be with her family.

Speaking about reprising her role, she said: “I’m excited to be back in The Silent Witness and back in Sam Ryan – it’s going to be different.

“When audiences find out what Sam has done since leaving Lyle, they can expect a lot of twists and turns.”

Emilia said: “It has been a joy and a thrill to work with Amanda. Bringing Sam Ryan back to the heart of the show is the best way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Silent Witness.

ORIGINAL STARS: Burton debuted as pathologist Sam Ryan in February 1996 — the year Dolly the Lamb and the Spice Girls debuted — before leaving early in season eight in 2004 (pictured for 1998)

ORIGINAL STARS: Burton debuted as pathologist Sam Ryan in February 1996 — the year Dolly the Lamb and the Spice Girls debuted — before leaving early in season eight in 2004 (pictured for 1998)