February 21: Happy Birthday Sophie Turner and Ellen Page
Our headliners for today have each appeared in the X-Men film franchise. Turner has played Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, and will return to the role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix later this year. Page played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand, and returned to the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Sophie Turner is celebrating her 22nd today. She grew up in Warwickshire, England, and as a young girl was involved in Warwick’s Playbox Theatre Company (for children and young adults). She was 15 when she made her screen debut, in what is still probably her best known role, as Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones. She made her feature film debut in 2013 in Another Me, and starred with Hailee Steinfeld in Barely Lethal. Aside from Dark Phoenix, her upcoming films include Time Freak, a time-travel rom-com, and a thriller titled Josie.
Ellen Page is turning 31. The Nova Scotia native began acting at the age of ten, in the Canadian TV movie and series Pit Pony. She worked regularly for several years in Canadian television and film, and in 2005 she gave an acclaimed performance in the dark thriller Hard Candy. After her first X-Men film a year later, she starred in the 2007 film that brought her an Oscar nomination and a long list of accolades, and that many thought was her first step towards stardom.
As we now know, Juno did not set Page on the road to A-list stardom. Her biggest film role since then has probably been as Ariadne in Christopher Nolan’s Inception; she also returned to the X-Men franchise, as noted, and starred in last year’s poorly-reviewed remake of Flatliners. Otherwise, most of her projects have been lower in profile, including some which she has co-produced, such as the 2015 films Into the Forest and Freeheld. She is the co-host and an executive producer of the Viceland channel documentary series Gaycation, and will star in the upcoming Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
Kumail Nanjiani, who turns 40 today, is currently an Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay for The Big Sick, which he also starred in. Nanjiani is also a regular on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Justin Roiland, who is 38, is the co-creator of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, and voices both title characters. Scout Taylor-Compton, who played Laurie Strode in the rebooted Halloween series in the 2000s and Lita Ford in The Runaways, is 29 today. Also 29 is Corbin Bleu, known for playing Chad Danforth in the High School Musical films and for his work in musical theater.
Rhiannon Giddens, the lead singer and fiddler of the old-time country/blues band Carolina Chocolate Drops, turns 41 today. She won a Grammy with the Carolina Chocolate Drops for Best Traditional Folk Album for Genuine Negro Jig, and has been nominated for three as a solo performer. Giddens has made guest appearances on seasons 5 and 6 of Nashville as Hallie Jordan
Rue McClanahan (1934-2010) had a long career, especially on television, highlighted by four Emmy nominations (with a win in 1987) as Sophie Devereaux on The Golden Girls.
Kelsey Grammer and Sam Peckinpah headlined this article one year ago.
Kelsey Grammer, who turns 63, won a Daytime Emmy for voicing the character of Blinky on Trollhunters, and also was a voice actor for the animated feature Bunyan and Babe. He had a supporting part in the recently released Guardians of the Tomb.
Christine Ebersole, who is 65 today, was nominated for a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for the original production of War Paint. Tyne Daly, who had supporting roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Basmati Blues, is turning 72. Anthony Daniels, also 72, returned to the role of C-3PO in The Last Jedi. Kim Coates, who celebrates his 60th, stars on Syfy’s Ghost Wars. Aunjanue Ellis, who is 49, has left the cast of Quantico after 2 seasons, but has been cast in the pilot for a projected CBS drama, Chiefs. Tituss Burgess, who is turning 39, received his third consecutive Emmy nomination as Titus Andromedon on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Also 39 is Jordan Peele, who received three Oscar nominations for Get Out. Melanie Laurent, who is celebrating her 35th, will appear in Chris Weitz’s upcoming Operation Finale. Ashley Greene, who recently has been a regular on Rogue as Mia Rochland, is 31 today. Tuppence Middleton, who is also celebrating her 31st, continued to play Riley Blue on Sense8, and presumably will return this year for the series finale. Hayley Orrantia, who continues to play Erica Goldberg on The Goldbergs, is turning 24.
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 February 21, 2018, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Christine Ebersole, Ellen Page, Hayley Orrantia, Jordan Peele, Kumail Nanjiani, Rhiannon Giddens, Sophie Turner, Tituss Burgess. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.