Has Mary Berry got plans to get a tattoo like her idol Dame Judi Dench?

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Mary Berry might be the coolest octogenarian on television, but she said her life off screen remains pretty sedate.

The Great British Bake Off judge, 81, told Good Housekeeping magazine: "On the whole, I am very law abiding." That surely hints at a slight naughty side.

Mary Berry said she's very law abiding
Mary Berry said she's very law abiding "on the whole" (Ian West/PA)

She dismissed the idea of getting a tattoo like her biggest female role model, Dame Judi Dench, who got one on her wrist as an 81st birthday present.

But she does have a design idea should she change her mind.

She protested: "No, thank you! There's absolutely no chance. My husband would loathe it!

Mary said no to a later-life tattoo like Dame Judi's ( Joel Ryan/AP/PA)
Mary said no to a later-life tattoo like Dame Judi's ( Joel Ryan/AP/PA)

"I don't like tattoos because tattoos are for ever. You might change your mind - although I could have a cupcake!"

That sounds like a woman who could be persuaded...

Read Mary Berry's full interview in the October 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale August 30.