Gwendoline Christie does on 28th October - check out my tribute to this Actress Birthday Girl turning 39, at the end of this feature.
Do you also share your birthday with a well known, highly regarded & famous Actor or Actress; share your special day with a Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Singer/Songwriter or Composer of repute; or share an interest in whoever might notch up another year in the coming seven days? Then, look no further! Whilst there will be too many to mention in this small but not insignificant and beautifully written and presented Blog, here are the more notable and noteworthy icons of the big screen, and the small screen, that you will recognise, and that you might just share your birthday with in the week ahead. If so, Happy Birthday to you from Odeon Online!
Sunday 22nd October
- Derek Jacobi - Born 1938, turns 79 - Actor
- Christopher Lloyd - Born 1938, turns 79 - Actor
- Jan de Bont - Born 1943, turns 74 - Cinematographer | Producer | Director
- Jeff Goldblum - Born 1952 turns 65 - Actor | Producer
- John Howard - Born 1952, turns 65 - Actor
- Bill Condon - Born 1955, turns 52 - Director | Writer | Producer
- Spike Jonze - Born 1969, turns 48 - Director | Producer | Actor | Writer | Cinematographer
- Catherine Deneuve - Born 1943, turns 74 - Actress | Singer
- Saffron Burrows - Born 1972, turns 45 - Actress
- Carmen Ejogo - Born 1973, turns 44 - Actress | Singer
Monday 23rd October
- Emilia Clarke - Born 1986, turns 31 - Actress
- Alex Gibney - Born 1953, turns 64 - Producer | Director | Writer
- Ang Lee - Born 1954, turns 63 - Director | Producer | Writer
- Sam Raimi - Born 1959, turns 58 - Producer | Writer | Director | Actor
- Ryan Reynolds - Born 1976, turns 41 - Actor | Producer | Writer
Tuesday 24th October
- F. Murray Abraham - Born 1939, turns 78 - Actor
- Martin Campbell - Born 1943, turns 74 - Director | Producer
- Kevin Kline - Born 1947, turns 70 - Actor | Singer
- Jacqueline McKenzie - Born 1967, turns 50 - Actress | Writer | Director
Wednesday 25th October
- Gale Anne Hurd - Born 1955, turns 62 - Producer | Writer
Thursday 26th October
- Jaclyn Smith - Born 1945, turns 72 - Actress
- Rosemary DeWitt - Born 1971, turns 46 - Actress
- Dylan McDermott - Born 1961, turns 56 - Actor | Director | Writer | Producer
- Cary Elwes - Born 1962, turns 55 - Actor | Producer | Writer
- Rupert Wyatt - Born 1972, turns 45 - Director | Writer | Producer
- Seth MacFarlane - Born 1973, turns 44 - Writer | Producer | Director | Actor | Animator | Singer | Songwriter
Friday 27th October
- John Cleese - Born 1939, turns 78 - Actor | Writer | Producer
- Ivan Reitman - Born 1946, turns 71 - Producer | Director | Writer
- Roberto Benigni - Born 1952, turns 65 - Actor | Writer | Director | Producer
Saturday 28th October
- Kevin Macdonald - Born 1967, turns 50 - Director | Producer Writer
- Joaquin Phoenix - Born 1974, turns 43 - Actor | Producer | Writer | Singer
- Lauren Holly - Born 1963, turns 54 - Actress | Producer
- Julia Roberts - Born 1967, turns 50 - Actress | Producer
- Gwendoline Christie - Born 1978, turns 39 - Actress
Gwendoline Christie was born in Worthing, West Sussex, England to a housekeeping mother and a sales and marketing father. As a child she trained as a gymnast and had designs on turning this into her professional vocation in life, but a spinal injury ended that career aspiration so she turned to acting instead. In 2005 she graduated from the Drama Centre London, a college of the University of the Arts London.
Christie launched herself onto stage first appearing in various theatrical productions including 'Pravda' in 2006 at the Chichester Festival Theatre, then 'Mirandolina' at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and then in 2007 in 'Cymbeline' at London's Barbican Theatre. In 2007 she gained her first role in the short 63 minute drama Sci-Fi film 'The Time Surgeon'. She then returned to the theatre for 'Giantbum', 'Skin Deep' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' at the West End Theatre Royal Haymarket in London all staged in 2009. That same year she secured a minor role in Terry Gilliam's 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' alongside the likes of Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Andrew Garfield and Tom Waits. She returned to the theatre once more in 2010 to appear in 'Dr. Faustus' again at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre, with her performance as Lucifer being described as a 'stand out'.
In 2010 she appeared in a single episode of the BBC Television series 'Seven Ages of Britain' covering the history of Britain's art and artefacts over the past two thousand years. Christie appeared in the seventh episode titled 'Age of Ambition' covering the period from 1914 through to the present day. In 2012 Christie was cast in her breakout role as Brienne of Tarth in the hugely popular and successful 'Game of Thrones' HBO Television series that has just seen season seven go to air with the concluding season eight be aired either in 2018 or 2019. Her character was first introduced during the second season, and is described as unusually tall, muscular and a plain looking woman. After appearing as a recurring cast member for two seasons, she was promoted to the main cast from season four onwards.
Running concurrently Christie appeared in twenty-six episodes of the British science fantasy television series 'Wizards vs Aliens' which ran for three seasons over thirty-six episodes from late October 2012 through to late 2014. In the meantime, she was cast in a bit-part by Terry Gilliam again in 2013 'The Zero Theorem' with Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, David Thewlis, Ben Whishaw, Peter Stormare, Tilda Swinton and Melanie Thierry.
Also that same year, Christie appeared as Captain Phasma in 'Star Wars : The Force Awakens', the seventh film in the 'Star Wars' series. Directed by J.J. Abrams the film starred Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Bodega, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley and Andy Serkis amongst others and grossed just short of US$2.1B at the global Box Office off a budget of US$259M making it the third highest grossing film of all time currently. Christie will reprise her role as Captain Phasma in the soon to be released eighth film titled 'Star Wars : The Last Jedi' due in December and Directed by Rian Johnson.
Coming back down to Earth with a massive bump, Christie cameoed as herself in 2016's 'Absolutely Fabulous : The Movie' with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley reprising the characters they made so famous in the hit televisions series of the same name - Eddy and Patsy respectively.
This brings us up to date, with 'Star Wars : The Last Jedi' up next, then 'The Darkest Minds' due in September 2018 - a Sci-Fi thriller based on the Alexandra Bracken series of books concerning a disease that wipes out 98% of America's children, with the remaining 2% developing super powers and subsequently placed into internment camps. The story surrounds a sixteen year old girl who escapes and joins others on the run evading the government. Then there is 'The Women of Marwen' due in November 2018 and currently filming as Directed by Robert Zemeckis and also starring Steve Carell, Diane Kruger, Janelle Monae and Elza Gonzalez.
All up Christie has sixteen Acting credits to her name so far, and she has five award nominations, including a Saturn Award nod for Best Supporting Actress on 'Game of Thrones'.
Gwendoline Christie - a statuesque 6'3" tall; trained in horsemanship, sword fighting and stage combat for her 'GOT' role; has been a mad keen fan of Madonna for as long as she can remember and was invited by the songstress to appear on stage with her at her Sydney gig in 2016. With your star beginning to now glow consistently brightly, in demand, and already acclaimed across stage, screen and television there is much to look forward to. Happy Birthday Gwendoline, from Odeon Online.
-Steve, at Odeon Online-