December 1: Happy Birthday Emily Mortimer and Zoë Kravitz
Today is Emily Mortimer’s 46th birthday. Her father was Sir John Mortimer, a British barrister who also created the television series Rumpole of the Bailey. She began performing in plays while studying at Oxford, and began working in British television in 1994. She made her feature film debut in The Ghost and the Darkness. As the century turned, she had some more significant supporting roles in films like Scream 3, Kenneth Branagh’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Formula 51.
Mortimer has, for the most part, been a supporting actress or a part of ensemble casts, but she has kept busy for nearly two decades. She has had major roles in Woody Allen’s Match Point, in the two Pink Panther reboot films starring Steve Martin, in Lars and the Real Girl, and in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Hugo. Every so often she gets a chance at a lead role, as in Brad Anderson’s thriller Transsiberian or the upcoming drama The Bookshop. Next year she will play Jane Banks in Mary Poppins Returns.
Zoë Kravitz, who celebrates her 29th today, is the daughter of Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, of Cosby Show fame. She studied acting for a while at SUNY-Purchase, but dropped out to begin her film career in 2007, when she appeared in the films No Reservations and The Brave One. Many people probably know her from her appearances in some high-profile franchises: she was Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class, Christina in the Divergent series, and Toast the Knowing in Mad Max: Fury Road, and will play Leta Lestrange in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel. Alongside those films, she has also found plenty of work in indie films like Treading Water, Vincent N Roxxy, and The Road Within.
Katherine LaNasa, known for her regular roles on series like Three Sisters and Satisfaction and for films such as The Campaign, is 51 today. Nestor Carbonell, who is 50, had regular roles on series like Suddenly Susan and Bates Motel and played Mayor Anthony Garcia in the Dark Knight films. David Hornsby, who celebrates his 42nd, is a writer and executive producer as well as recurring actor on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Serbian actor Stefan Kapičić, who is 39, is best known in the US for being the voice and motion capture actor for Colossus in Deadpool. The 4 foot, 4 inch Deep Roy, who is turning 60, is often seen playing characters like Keenser in the Star Trek reboot series.
Australian actor Keith Michell (1926-2015) became known for starring in the BBC’s series of televised plays, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, later broadcast in the US on PBS. He was also a noted Shakespearean, with a lengthy stage career in England and the US.
Retired golfer Lee Trevino is 78 today. One of the top players in the world from the mid-sixties to the mid-eighties, he won six major tournaments, including at least one win at each major except the Masters.
Georgy Zhukov (1896-1974) was one of the most important Soviet military commanders of World War II, serving in a key role in almost every major operation on the Eastern Front. He is played by Jason Isaacs in the recent film The Death of Stalin.
December 1 headliners from last year were Woody Allen and Bette Midler.
Woody Allen is still making movies as he turns 82. His Wonder Wheel comes out today, while he recently completed the filming of A Rainy Day in New York. Bette Midler, who is 72 today, won her second Tony Award (and first in a competitive category) for Best Actress in a Musical for starring as Dolly Levi in this year’s revival of Hello, Dolly!
Jeremy Northam, who is turning 56, played Anthony Eden on Netflix’s The Crown. Sarah Silverman is 47 today. Her late night talk show, I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman, made its debut on Hulu in October. Riz Ahmed, who turns 35, won an Emmy for starring on the miniseries The Night Of, and was nominated for a second Emmy for a guest role on Girls. R&B singer Janelle Monáe, who is 32 today, made her feature film acting debut last year with supporting roles in Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Akiva Schaffer, one of the creators of the upcoming Freeform series Alone Together, is 40 today. Treat Williams, who is turning 66, is a regular on Hallmark’s Chesapeake Shores.
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 December 1, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Bette Midler, Emily Mortimer, Janelle Monae, Keith Michell, Riz Ahmed, Stefan Kapicic, Woody Allen, Zoe Kravitz. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.