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Happy birthday to David Tennant   1 comment

A very big happy birthday to actor, David Tennant, who turns 40 today (I know, I can’t believe it either!)

Born on the 18 April, 1971 in West Lothian, Scotland, Tennant knew he wanted to be an actor from a young age. At 16, he changed his surname from McDonald to Tennant (there was already another actor called David McDonald), and at 17, he became the youngest person to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

As hard as it is to believe, he has actually been around for awhile, having started his tv career back in 1988.

But he became a household name in 2005, when he took over from Christopher Eccelson in the role of ‘Doctor Who’. Along with the show’s writer, Russell T. Davies, Tennant was responsible for breathing new life into the series, and bringing it to an entire new generation of fans.

Again, in 2005, he was cast as Casanova in the BBC mini-series of the same name, which also starred Peter O’Toole and Rupert Penry-Jones. Tennant proved just how versatile an actor he is, and his comic timing was perfect.

In 2008/09, he played Hamlet to rave reviews at the Novello Theatre in London, also managing to pick up a swag of awards for his turn as the Prince of Denmark.

In 2010, he left the tardis for the last time, and is currently filming Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’.

Congratulations are also in order for David, as he and his girlfriend, Georgia Moffett became the proud parents of baby Olive, who was born on the 29 March, 2011.

Whatever role David Tennant plays, whether it is the Good Doctor, or the greatest lover in history or Hamlet, the fact is he is just incredibly enjoyable to watch on screen. In every performance he gives, his special brand of energetic enthusiasm and quirky humour shines through!

So once again, happy birthday, David Tennant!

Happy Birthday to Gina McKee   Leave a comment

A very happy birthday to actress, Gina McKee, who was born in Sunderland, Tyne on Wear, on the 14 April, 1961.

She has been in plenty of television shows and films over the years including ‘Our Friends in the North,’ ‘Notting Hill’, ‘The Forsyte Saga,’ ‘Atonement,’ and the detective crime drama ‘Lewis.’

One of her more recent projects has seen her in the British comedy ‘In the Loop,’ with comedian Chris Addison, but for many people she will always be Irene Forsyte in the brilliant ITV mini-series, ‘The Forsyte Saga.’

Fiercely private and reluctant to give interviews, she is a far cry from the Lady Gagas of this world who constantly seek the attention of fans and the media. Perhaps the reason Gina looks so right in historical parts is that she exudes a beauty and elegance that is rare these days, but which harks back to an earlier age of grace, class and refinement.

and….Matthew Goode   1 comment

who was born on this day in 1978. If this handsome chappie has perhaps slipped under your radar, it could be because up until recently, he hasn’t been in any big blockbuster movies.

In 2005, he played the very posh, but likeable Tom Hewitt in Woody Allen’s ‘Match Point,’ which also starred Scarlet Johansen and Jonathon Rhys-Meyers.

In that same year, he played Heck in the small-budget British comedy ‘Imagine Me and You,’ where he plays a guy who’s girlfriend is confused about her sexual orientation, while 2008 saw him cast as Charles Ryder in the long-awaited screen version of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel ‘Brideshead Revisited.’

Definitely one to watch out for, if you haven’t seen his work already. Happy birthday, Matthew!

Happy Birthday to Jamie Bamber   Leave a comment

The lovely Jamie Bamber turns 38 today. Born in Hammersmith, London on the 3rd April, 1973, he is probably best-known to people as Archie Kennedy from the Horatio Hornblower TV series.

While the majority of female viewers were drooling over the brooding, Heathcliffian (is that a word? Oh, well, it is now) countenance of Mr. Ioan Gruffudd, Jamie Bamber was also gaining quite a following for his role as Hornblower’s slightly-less-heroic best friend.

If Horatio was the fearless hero who inspired others with his deeds of daring-do, then Bamber’s Kennedy was the Everyman who fans could relate to. Courageous when called upon, but also well-aware of his limitations, fans loved the vulnerability of his character and mourned his untimely demise in Retribution.

As well as his stint in Hornblower, Jamie has also appeared in The Scarlet Pimpernel with Richard E. Grant, Band of Brothers and Daniel Deronda with Hugh Dancy.

In 2003, he joined the cast of ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ as Captain Lee ‘Apollo’ Adama. He remained with the show until 2009.

Most recently, he has been seen in Law and Order: UK, playing Matt Devlin.

Whatever role Jamie Bamber chooses next, you can bet he will be in demand. Happy birthday, Jamie!

Happy (belated) Birthday to Ewan McGregor   1 comment

A very happy birthday to the multi-talented Ewan McGregor. The star of such films as Moulin Rouge, Trainspotting and the Star Wars trilogy turned 40 yesterday. While he’s been quiet of late, his imdb profile shows he has a few things in the pipeline, so it won’t be long before we see Mr McGregor on the big screen again. Congrats, Ewan, and many happy returns.

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