December 28: Happy Birthday Noomi Rapace and Sienna Miller


Swedish actress Noomi Rapace celebrates her 38th birthday today.  Her family moved to Iceland during her childhood and her film debut was as an extra in the Icelandic film In the Shadow of the Raven.  She returned to Sweden in her teens and started to become known as an actress with a regular role on the Swedish soap opera Tre Kronor in 1996-97.  She worked regularly in Swedish film for over a decade before she started to become known internationally when she starred as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film trilogy adapted from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels, winning a number of acting awards.

In 2011, she made her English-language film debut as Simza Heron in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  A year later came her first Hollywood starring role, as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus.

While at one point Rapace was scheduled to return as Shaw for Alien: Covenant, ultimately she did not—she did appear in a promotional short/prologue.  But she has kept plenty busy in the past five years.  She has starred in a wide variety of films, primarily thrillers of some sort—Passion (with her Sherlock Holmes costar Rachel McAdams), The Drop, Child 44, and more.  This year she appeared the dystopian sci-fi film What Happened to Monday, David Ayer’s Bright, and Michael Apted’s Unlocked.  She has two films scheduled to come out next year, and there are ongoing rumors of her starring in a Maria Callas biopic.

Today is Sienna Miller’s 36th birthday.  She was born in New York, but moved to London as a child (her mother is English).  She began acting in her early twenties, making her screen debut in 2001 in South Kensington.  In 2004 she had supporting roles in Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake and in the remake of Alfie, and two years later she starred in Factory Girl.  She dabbled in big-budget action with a supporting role in the first G.I. Joe film, but mostly stuck to more indie-style fare such as Interview and The Edge of Love.  In 2012, she starred as Tippi Hedren in the BBC/HBO television movie The Girl, receiving Golden Globe and BAFTA Television Award nominations.

Over the past five years Miller has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, such as Foxcatcher, The Lost City of Z, and as Tara Kyle in American Sniper, which was a surprise hit at the box office as well.  She starred in The Private Life of a Modern Woman, which screened at Venice this year, and will appear in next year’s The Catcher Was a Spy.  She made her West End debut in 2005 as Celia in a revival of As You Like It, and her Broadway debut in 2009, as the title character in Patrick Marber’s After Miss Julie.  More recently, she appeared as Sally Bowles in the final months of the 2014 revival of Cabaret.

Andre Holland celebrates his 38th today.  He is known for acclaimed performances in Selma, as Andrew Young, and in Moonlight, as Kevin.  He appears as Principal Jenkins in the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time, and has appeared on Broadway in two of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle,” Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Jitney.

Beau Garrett, who turns 35, was a regular on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and now stars on ABC’s The Good Doctor.  Also 35 is French actress Jennifer Decker, who American viewers may remember from her prominent role in FlyboysSarah-Sofie Boussnina, a rising star of Danish film and television, turns 27; she is a regular on History Channel’s Knightfall.  Irish actress Jessie Buckley, who is 28, played the Princess Marya in the BBC adaptation of War & Peace and most recently starred on the BBC drama The Last Post.  Also 28 is Mackenzie Rosman, best known for playing Ruthie Camden on 7th HeavenBrendan Hines, who plays Superian on Amazon Video’s The Tick, is 41.

Singer-songwriter Ruth Moody celebrates her 42nd.  Moody, Australian-born but a longtime resident of Canada, has recorded with the roots band Scruj MacDuhk, recorded and toured with Mark Knopfler, and released three solo albums.  But she’s best known as a founder and longtime member of the traditional country/folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys.

Philip Anschutz, who turns 78 today, became wealthy in the oil and railroad industries, and subsequently became a major figure in the sports world, particularly soccer and ice hockey.  He was one of the founders of Major League Soccer and holds ownership shares in several MLS franchises, while he also owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and some minor league teams.

Argentine novelist Manuel Puig (1932-1990) is best known for his novel Kiss of the Spider Woman, which Puig himself adapted into a stage play; there have also been feature film and musical adaptations.

Last year, Denzel Washington and Maggie Smith were the headliners on this date.

Denzel Washington is 63.  He received two Oscar nominations for his adaptation of Fences—for Best Actor and Best Picture—and won a SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role.  This year he starred in Roman J. Israel, Esq., for which he has already picked up Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, while next year he returns to the role of Robert McCall for The Equalizer 2Dame Maggie Smith, who celebrates her 83rd, will return to her voice role of Lady Blueberry for next year’s Sherlock Gnomes, a sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet.

Vanessa Ferlito, who continues to appear as Tammy Gregorio on NCIS: New Orleans, turns 40.  John Legend, who turns 39, won a Tony for Best Revival of a Play for the same production of August Wilson’s Jitney which Andre Holland starred in.  Seth Meyers, who is 44, is an executive producer of IFC’s mockumentary series Documentary Now!  Joe Manganiello, who turns 41 today, made his DCEU debut as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in a cameo in Justice League and will appear in the upcoming Drunk Parents and Rampage.  Director James Foley, who turns 65, will remain at the helm of the Fifty Shades franchise for next year’s Fifty Shades Freed.

Stan Lee, who is celebrating his 95th, made his usual cameos in this year’s additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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 28, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy in late 2010/early 2011, and then tracked down the Swedish film trilogy, which was my introduction to Noomi Rapace. She was an excellent Lisbeth Salander, and overall the best thing about the Swedish films. I then enjoyed seeing her later that year in the 2nd Sherlock Holmes film, and have continued to like her subsequent work.

    One of my biggest musical pleasures of the last decade has been the work of The Wailin’ Jennys, particularly Ruth Moody. If you like traditional folk/country music at all, check them out.


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