London: After the death of her husbnad in 2001, veteran actress Dench is reportedly dating wildlife conservationist David Mills.

The 76-year-old actress was spotted with Mills, who runs an animal park and both of them 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’.

Both of them were seen being very cozy as they made their way to watch the show at the Novello Theatre.

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 Surrey home.

"The friendship is being talked about quite openly in theatrical circles. Judi seems very happy with the relationship and in fact her friend’s say she is the happiest she has been for several years," website quoted a source as saying.

But another source said that "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 relationship, saying, “This is very difficult”.