Saoirse Ronan, actress, is 21. Brian McFadden, former Westlife singer, is 35. Claire Danes, actress, is 36. Alan Ayckbourn, playwright, is 76. David Cassidy, former teen idol, is 65. David Letterman, US talk show host, is 68. Herbie Hancock, jazz pianist, is 75. Andy Garcia, actor, is 59. Vince Gill, country singer, is 58.
Garry Kasparov, highest rated player in the history of chess, is 52. Al Green, soul singer, is 69. Edward Fox, who starred in Day of the Jackal, is 78. Max Weinberg, drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, is 64. Frank O'Neill, former Arsenal, Shamrock Rovers and Ireland footballer, is 75.
Robert Carlyle, actor, is 54. Julie Christie, who starred in Doctor Zhivago, is 74. Adrien Brody, Oscar-winning star of The Pianist, is 42. Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist, is 64. Abigail Breslin, star of Little Miss Sunshine, is 19. Loretta Lynn, country singer and songwriter, is 83. Win Butler, singer with Arcade Fire, is 35. Peter Capaldi, Doctor Who actor, is 57.
Seth Rogen, actor best known for his role in Knocked Up, is 33. Emma Watson, actress who played Hermione in the Harry Potter film series, is 25. Jeffrey Archer, disgraced former deputy chairman of the British Tory party and best-selling author, is 75. Samantha Fox, singer and former page three model, is 49. Emma Thompson, British actress, is 56. Claudia Cardinale, actress and Sixties sex symbol, is 77.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is 75. Ellen Barkin, actress, is 61. Jimmy Osmond, youngest member of the Osmond family, is 52. Rafael Benitez, former Liverpool manager now managing Napoli, is 55. Benedict XVI, retired Pope, is 88. Ed Byrne, Irish comedian, is 43.
Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, is 41. Brendan Kennelly, Kerry-born poet, is 79. Rosanna Davison, former Miss World and daughter of Chris de Burgh, is 31. Sean Bean, actor, is 56. John McCririck, flamboyant horse-racing pundit, is 75. Clare Francis, broadcaster, novelist and round-the-world yachtswoman, is 69. Henry Kelly, Athlone-born broadcaster, is 69.
President Michael D Higgins is 74. James Woods, actor, is 68. Hayley Mills, Fifties child star, is 69. Conan O'Brien, US chat-show host, is 52. America Ferrera, star of Ugly Betty, is 31. Kourtney Kardashian, reality TV star, is 36. Rick Moranis, actor, is 62.