November 25: Happy Birthday Dougray Scott and Charlaine Harris
Scottish actor Dougray Scott is turning 52 today. After completing his university education he worked in theater for several years before beginning his screen career. His first major role was as a regular on series 5 of the British drama Soldier Soldier in 1995. Film audiences first really became aware of him when he starred opposite Drew Barrymore as Prince Henry, in the Cinderella retelling Ever After. In 2000, he played the primary villain in Mission: Impossible 2, and a year later he starred in the World War 2 thriller Enigma with Kate Winslet.
At that point in his career, Scott seemed like he was establishing himself as a star, but these days it’s more likely that people have heard of the roles he missed out on—when M:I-2 went over the schedule during filming, he had to drop out of the role of Wolverine in X-Men, while he was also rumored to be a replacement for Pierce Brosnan as James Bond (how credible those rumors were is not a subject I have time to research). At any rate, within a few years he was relegated to playing supporting roles, generally in lower-profile films, although he did play Arthur Miller in My Week With Marilyn. His most recent gig has been as a regular on Crackle’s Snatch, which premiered in March of this year and was renewed for a second season.
Novelist Charlaine Harris is celebrating her 66th. She grew up in the Mississippi Delta area, and began writing plays while attending Rhodes College in Tennessee. Her first novel, Sweet and Deadly, was published in 1981, but it wasn’t until the start of the 1990s that she began writing her first well-known books, the Aurora Teagarden series, about a librarian who is part of a club of amateur sleuths. The Shakespeare series, featuring another amateur detective, Lily Bard, followed, as did the Harper Connelly and Midnight, Texas series.
Harris’s most successful books, however, were the Southern Vampire Mysteries, featuring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse. The first in the series, Dead Until Dark, came out in 2001 and won an Anthony Award; by the time Harris brought it to a close, it had reached thirteen novels and eighteen short stories. HBO developed the novels into the series True Blood, which ran for seven seasons and starred Anna Paquin as Sookie.
In addition to True Blood, Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series was adapted into a series of Hallmark TV movies starring Candice Cameron Bure, while NBC’s Midnight, Texas was a summer series earlier this year—no word at present on whether it will get a second season.
Natalia Cordova-Buckley, who plays Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (she will be a regular as of season 5), and also in the online miniseries Slingshot, is 35 today. Amy Seimetz, who turns 36, is best known as the co-creator of Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience. Tracey Walter, who turns 70, may be remembered for roles such as Conan’s sidekick Malak in Conan the Destroyer and Bob the Goon in Batman. Mark Frost, who turns 64, was the co-creator of Twin Peaks along with David Lynch, wrote the screenplays for the two mid-2000s Fantastic Four films, and has written a number of novels.
Last year’s November 25 headliners were Joel Kinnaman and Ricardo Montalban.
Joel Kinnaman is turning 38 today. He has been a regular on House of Cards as Governor Will Conway for the last two seasons, but that part of his career is now in limbo, as Netflix suspended production of season 6 after Kevin Spacey’s firing. On the good news side, he has been announced as the lead of another upcoming Netflix series, an adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s novel Altered Carbon.
Jill Hennessy, who will star in the upcoming Canadian series Crawford, celebrates her 49th. Christina Applegate, who turns 46, returns to her role of Gwendolyn James for A Bad Moms Christmas (apparently with a smaller part than the first film). Billy Burke turns 51; his CBS series Zoo was canceled after its third season. Another series cancellation victim is Jill Flint, formerly of The Night Shift; she is 40 today. Jerry Ferrara, who is celebrating his 38th, remains a regular on Power. Katie Cassidy is 31 today; she now plays Dinah Laurel Lance/Black Siren on Arrow (with the usual crossovers to other Arrowverse series), and also stars in two upcoming movies. Gaspard Ulliel, who is turning 33, won his second Cesar Award earlier this year, for Best Actor for It’s Only the End of the World. John Laroquette, who is 70, will return for the upcoming fourth season of TNT’s The Librarians.
If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names. Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today. Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.
Posted on November 25, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Amy Seimetz, Charlaine Harris, Dougray Scott, Gaspard Ulliel, Jill Hennessy, Joel Kinnaman, Katie Cassidy, Mark Frost, Natalia Cordova-Buckley. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.