THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS
Barack Obama, US president, is 52. Simon Preston, British organist, is 75. Billy Bob Thornton, actor, is 58. Roy Hodgson, England football manager, is 66. John Gormley, ex-Green Party leader, is 54. Alison Bell, leading travel industry executive, is 50.
Gay Byrne, Ireland's favourite TV presenter, is 79. Louis Walsh, Mayo-born pop guru and X Factor judge, is 61. John Whitaker, international show jumper, is 58. Ray Clemence, ex-Liverpool and England goalkeeper, is 65. Kajol, Indian actress, is 39. Pete Burns, androgynous singer and reality TV star, is 54.
Charlie Haden, jazz bassist, is 76. Geri Halliwell, 'Ginger Spice' in the Spice Girls, is 41. Melissa George, Australian actress who starred in Home and Away, is 37. Marisa Miller, model, is 35. M Night Shyamalan, movie writer-director of supernatural thriller The Sixth Sense, is 43. Robin van Persie, Man Utd and Holland footballer, is 30. Angus Deayton, former presenter of Have I Got News for You, is 58.
Michael Smurfit, business tycoon, is 77. David Duchovny, who played Mulder in The X Files, is 53. Charlize Theron, Oscar-winning actress, is 38. Tina O'Brien, former Coronation Street actress, is 30. Greg Chappell, former Australian cricket captain, is 65. Walter Swinburn, former leading jockey, is 51.
David Evans, aka 'The Edge', U2 guitarist, is 52. Ronald Biggs, Great Train Robber, is 84. Connie Stevens, actress, is 75. Chris Eubank, former boxing champion, is 47. Princess Beatrice, elder daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, is 25. Dustin Hoffman, actor, is 76. Nigel Mansell, former Formula One motor-racing champion, is 60. Roger Federer, Swiss tennis champion, is 32.
Audrey Tautou, actress who starred in Amelie, is 37. Gillian Anderson, actress, best known for The X Files, is 45. Melanie Griffith, actress and wife of actor Antonio Banderas, is 56. Eric Bana, actor, is 45. Ken Norton Sr, former boxing champion, is 70. Tyson Gay, American sprinter at the centre of a recent doping scandal, is 31.
Roy Keane, footballing legend-turned TV pundit, is 42. Charlie Dimmock, celebrity gardener, is 47. Antonio Banderas, actor and husband of Melanie Griffith, is 53. Rosanna Arquette, actress, is 54. Ian Anderson, singer/songwriter/flautist of Jethro Tull, is 66. Riddick Bowe, two-time heavyweight champion boxer, is 46.