Jesus wasn't the only one to be born on December 25th - see the stars who share a festive birthday
Jesus wasn’t the only one to be born on December 25th – see the stars who share a festive birthday
Shane MacGowan, 1957
The Pogues man with the best Christmas song ever, ‘Fairytale Of New York’, was born on December 25. He lost the last of his natural teeth in 2008, but just in time for Christmas 2015 he’s just had a load of new gnashers fitted, and the documentary of how he got them – in a nine-hour procedure, no less – is the subject of new documentary ‘A Wreck Reborn’.
Merry Clayton, 1948
The unforgettable vocal on The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ was provided by Christmas-born soul singer Merry Clayton. After losing both legs to a near-fatal car accident in 2014, she recently appeared on Coldplay’s album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’, providing her unstoppable backup vocals for album closer ‘Up&Up’, which also features Noel Gallagher on guitar.
Annie Lennox, 1954
There must be an angel Gabriel involved here somewhere.
The Veronicas, 1984
Why you know these Australian rock twins? They were the ones who, in ‘Untouched’, actually go “I go ooh ooh, you go ah ah, lalalala, lalalala, I can’t lie lie lie, lie lie, lie, I wanna wanna wanna get get get what I want, don’t stop, give me give me give me what you got got cause I can’t wait wait wait any, more more more more”. For for, for real though.
Robin Campbell, 1954
Founding member and guitarist of Brummie group UB40, Robin hasn’t spoken to his brother Ali since 2008, after their band split and set up rival groups trying to use their original band name. Ali’s secretly glad he can cut out the double present thing.
Noel Redding, 1945
Redding was a bassist with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, founder of heavy rock band Road and, in the 70s, the Noel Redding Band. He died aged 57 in 2003, having signed away his future royalties from the Jimi Hendrix Experience for $100,000 in 1974. Most Christmassy thing about him? His name, Noel, obviously.
Rachel Keller, 1992
You really wouldn’t want to spend the holidays with Keller’s Fargo character Simone Gerhardt – not if you’ve seen all the stuff her tempestuous character she gets up to in Season 2 of the black comedy-crime drama.
Tony Martin, 1913
Big-band singer Tony Martin was behind one of the most iconic versions of The Christmas Song ever – the kind of song Michael Bublé loves to soppify biennially – and Christmas is really his domain, considering his was born on it. The singer and World War II veteran, real name Alvin Morris, died in 2012 of natural causes, aged 98.
Josh Freese, 1972
Serial band-changer Freese has acted as a drummer for The Vandals, Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, Sublime With Rome and A Perfect Circle. Here he is holding a guitar. He plays guitar too, look. Get your Christmas Freese fix from with his Vandals album ‘Oi To The World!’ Or his surname, which sounds suitably chilly.
Humphrey Bogart, 1899
Bogart is one of the most iconic screen actors ever, and thanks to his predilection for drinking lots of bourbon and staying up late with famous mates including Frank Sinatra, he was thought of as the leader of the so-called ‘Rat Pack’. Staying true to his birthday he appeared in Christmas comedy ‘We’re No Angels’ in 1955, and died in 1957, aged 57.
Ewen MacIntosh, 1973
Best known for his role as the deadpan Keith in Ricky Gervais’ cringe mockumentary The Office, MacIntosh gets Crimbo cred for taking part in a low-budget 2009 charity video of Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home For Christmas’, for homeless charity Shelter.
Dido, who is honestly aka Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong, lives on in Christmas cultural memory for ‘Here With Me’, used in that scene in Love Actually where Andrew Lincoln leaves Keira Knightley in his house, then has a lovelorn tantrum near Blackfriars, wearing a rubbish sweater.