THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS
Robert Carlyle, actor, is 52. Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress, is 36. Julie Christie, actress who starred in Doctor Zhivago, is 72. Adrien Brody, Oscar-winning star of The Pianist, is 40. Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist, is 62. Abigail Breslin, actress who starred in Little Miss Sunshine, is 17. Loretta Lynn, country singer and songwriter, is 81. Tony Kenny, singer, is 70.
Emma Watson, Hermione in the Harry Potter film series, is 23. Jeffrey Archer, disgraced former deputy chairman of the British Tory party and best-selling author, is 73. Samantha Fox, singer and former page-three model, is 47. Emma Thompson, actress, is 54. Claudia Cardinale, actress and Sixties sex symbol, is 75.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is 73. Gabriela Sabatini, Argentinian tennis champion, is 43. Ellen Barkin, actress is 59. Jimmy Osmond, youngest member of the Osmond family, is 50. Jon Cryer, comedy actor, is 48. Rafael Benitez, former Liverpool manager who is currently interim manager of Chelsea, is 53. Benedict XVI, retired Pope, is 86.
Victoria Beckham, singer-turned-businesswoman, is 39. Brendan Kennelly, Kerry-born poet, is 77. Rosanna Davison, former Irish Miss World, is 29. Sean Bean, actor is 52. John McCririck, flamboyant horse-racing pundit, is 73. Clare Francis, broadcaster, novelist and round-the-world yachtswoman, is 67. Henry Kelly, broadcaster, is 67.
President Michael D Higgins is 72. James Woods, US actor, is 66. Hayley Mills, Fifties child star, is 67. Melissa Joan Hart, star of TV series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, is 37. America Ferrera, star of Ugly Betty, is 29. Kourtney Kardashian, reality TV star, is 34. Rick Moranis, actor, is 60.
Trevor Francis, first £1m football player in Britain, is 59. Kate Hudson, actress daughter of Goldie Hawn, is 34. Tim Curry, actor who played Dr Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is 67. Ruby Wax, TV personality, is 60. Maria Sharapova, former tennis champion, is 26. Ashley Judd, actress, is 45. Sue Barker, TV presenter and former tennis player, is 56.
Goalkeeper Shay Given is 37. Jessica Lange, actress, is 64. Carmen Electra, model/ actress, is 41. Peter Snow, Dublin-born BBC TV presenter, is 75. Ryan O'Neal, actor who starred in Love Story, is 72. Raymond van Barneveld, five-time World Darts Champion, is 46.