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TODAY

Alicia Keys, pop singer, is 34. John Cooper Clarke, Mancunian 'punk poet', is 66. Anita Baker, American singer, is 57. Xavi, World Cup-winning Spanish footballer, is 35.

MONDAY

Liam Currams, former Offaly GAA star, is 54. Jim Platt, ex-Northern Ireland goalkeeper, is 63. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager, is 52. Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and talk show host, is 57. Eddie Van Halen, singer and guitarist, is 60. Andrew Ridgeley, former guitarist/singer of Wham!, is 52. Brendan Rodgers, Antrim-born manager of Liverpool, is 42.

TUESDAY

Nick Mason, founder member of Pink Floyd, is 71. Mairead Corrigan Maguire, founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement and joint Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1976, is 71. Bridget Fonda, actress, is 51. Alan Cumming, Scottish actor, is 50. Brian Downey, Thin Lizzy drummer, is 64. Mark Owen, Take That singer, is 43. Rosamund Pike, English actress, is 36. Keith Wood, former Munster and Ireland rugby player, is 43.

WEDNESDAY

Elijah Wood, star of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is 34. Frank Skinner, comedian, is 58. Jamie Carragher, former Liverpool defender-turned Sky Sports pundit, is 37. Nick Carter, member of the Backstreet Boys, is 35. Carlos Slim, Mexican business magnate, is 75. Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president, is 60. Jessica Ennis, British athlete, is 29. Peter McDonald, Oscar-nominated Irish actor, is 43.

THURSDAY

Pat Kenny, radio and television broadcaster, is 67. Oprah Winfrey, American chat show host, is 61. Tom Selleck, actor, is 70. Heather Graham, actress who starred in Boogie Nights, is 45. Germaine Greer, Australian feminist author, is 76. Tony Blackburn, British radio DJ, is 72. Romario, Brazilian World Cup-winning striker-turned politician, is 49.

FRIDAY

Anne Doyle, former RTE newsreader, is 63. Gene Hackman, actor who starred in The French Connection, is 85. Vanessa Redgrave, British actress and activist, is 78. Christian Bale, actor, is 41. Dick Cheney, former US vice-president, is 74. Phil Collins, solo singer and former member of Genesis, is 64. King Felipe VI of Spain is 47.

SATURDAY

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is 77. Patrick Kielty, comedian and television presenter, is 44. Minnie Driver, Oscar-nominated English actress, is 45. John Lydon, aka 'Johnny Rotten', Sex Pistols frontman, is 59. Justin Timberlake, pop singer-turned actor, is 34. Marcus Mumford, lead singer of English folk/pop group Mumford & Sons, is 28. Philip Glass, American composer, is 78.

TODAY

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