Dame Judi Dench dating wildlife conservationist?

Last Updated: May 16, 2011, 17:37 PM IST

London: `Bond` star Judi Dench is reportedly dating wildlife conservationist David Mills.

The 76-year-old actress, who has remained single since the death of her husband Michael Williams in 2001, has been spotted out on the town with Mills, who runs an animal park, reported Daily Mail.

They 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` last month.

Earlier that evening the pair were arm in arm as they made their way to watch a performance of 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 run by Mills and is close to her home in Surrey.

There has been speculation that the star is dating for the first time since the death of her husband.

"They certainly seem very comfortable with each other. The friendship is being talked about quite openly in theatrical circles," one theatrical source said.

But Dench rarely talks about her private life and declined to discuss or confirm the relationship.

Mills confirmed that he and the actress were "close friends" when approached at the sanctuary.

PTI