Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's Eve

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Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year
Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's Eve

Dame Judi Dench and Sharleen Spiteri treated guests at a hotel in Scotland to an impromptu performance last night, during the annual Hogmanay celebrations in the country.

Footage was posted on social media earlier this morning of Dame Judi, 88, and Sharleen, 55, performing a rendition of ABBA 's Waterloo whilst at The Fife Arms in Braemar.

Sharleen - who is best known for fronting the band Texas - lead the vocals in the pair's version of the song, which was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1974.

Her companion - who's a Tony Award and Olivier Award winning theatre performer - appeared to pretend to play the piano in the clip. Dame Judi also sang along in parts too.

Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's Eve rridzziquridttinvSharleen Spiteri (left) and Dame Judi Dench (right) performed together at a hotel last night (@ewanventers/Twitter)
Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's EveThey sang ABBA's Waterloo whilst at The Fife Arms in Braemar (@ewanventers/Twitter)

The video has been shared on platforms like Twitter and Instagram by Ewan Venters, who is the CEO of hospitality company Artfarm which runs the hotel in Aberdeenshire.

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He uploaded the footage this morning, having shared it as a "global exclusive" with his followers. And he teased that the pair may reunite for more performances in the future.

Ewan wrote: "Dame Judi Dench gigs with Sharleen Spiteri at The Fife Arms, Braemar - future dates are in the planning. Watch this space, [in the] meantime, HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's EveSharleen is best known for fronting band Texas (Hoda Davaine/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's EveDame Judi is known as an actor of both the stage and screen (Getty Images)

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He's since told BBC Scotland that Dame Judi and Sharleen gave the "impromptu" performance just before a firework display at midnight, which welcomed the New Year.

Ewan said: "It was a happy evening with lots of guests and locals clapping." And he said the crowd's reaction to the performance on the self-playing piano had been "joyful".

And there has been praise from viewers who have seen footage of the performance on social media. One person responded to the video: "This is what we all need today!"

Dame Judi Dench performs ABBA song with Sharleen Spiteri on New Year's EveTheir performance was shared on social media, prompting praise of Dame Judi and Sharleen (Getty Images for BFI)

There were also comments about the partnership. One viewer described them as the "dream team," whilst another said that they were both "absolute legends".

Others described the clip as "fabulous," "magnificient" and "brilliant". And there was praise for Dami Judi's part, with one viewer writing: "She's such a convincing pianist."

Joel Leaver

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