This Week's Birthdays
Published 23/12/2012 | 05:00
Carla Bruni, Italian-born ex-model and pop singer, wife of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, is 45. Eddie Vedder, singer of rock band Pearl Jam, is 48. Harry Shearer, Spinal Tap writer/actor and voice of Mr Burns, Smithers, Flanders, Skinner, etc on The Simpsons, is 69. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite, is 41.
Noel Davern, former FF TD for Tipperary South, is 67. Lemmy, Motorhead singer/ bassist, is 67. Ricky Martin, Latin pop star, is 41. Jeremy Hindley, racing trainer, is 67. Chris Morris, former Ireland and Celtic player, is 49. Stan Bowles, Seventies' football legend, is 64. Carol Vorderman, TV presenter, former co-host of Countdown, is 52.
Shane MacGowan, singer with The Pogues, is 55. Princess Alexandra of Kent is 76. Annie Lennox, of the Eurythmics, is 58. Sissy Spacek, actress, is 63. Jairzinho, of Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning side, is 68. Jimmy Buffet, singer, is 66. Dido, English singer-songwriter, is 41. Yohan Blake, Jamaican sprinter, is 23. Noel Hogan, Cranberries guitarist, is 41.
Phil Spector, legendary record producer imprisoned for murder in 2009, is 73. Lars Ulrich, drummer with Metallica, is 49. John Lynch, actor, is 51. Jared Leto, actor and lead singer of US rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, is 41.
Janet Street-Porter, TV personality, is 66. Gerard Depardieu, French actor, is 64. Joe Kinnear, former Tottenham and Ireland defender, is 66. David Knopfler, former Dire Straits guitarist, brother of Mark, is 60. Scotty Moore, Elvis's first guitarist, is 81.
Roy Hattersley, former deputy leader of the British Labour Party, is 80. Nigel Kennedy, violinist, is 56. Denzel Washington, actor, is 58. Chas Hodges, half of Eighties pop duo Chas & Dave, is 69. Maggie Smith, Oscar-winning actress, is 78. Sienna Miller, actress, is 31. Stan Lee, Marvel comics legend, is 90. Max Hastings, journalist and author, is 67.
Jon Voight, actor who starred in Deliverance and Midnight Cowboy, is 74. Marianne Faithfull, pop singer of the Sixties turned actress, is 66. Mary Tyler Moore, Oscar-winning actress, is 76. Comdt Gerry Mullins, showjumper, is 59. Keith Crossan, former Irish rugby player, is 53. Andy Wachowski, director of The Matrix, is 45. Jude Law, actor, is 40. Ted Danson, actor who starred in Cheers, is 65.