Birthdays

TODAY: Sir David Alliance, chairman, Coats Viyella, 64; Mr Richard Baker, broadcaster, 71; Mr Simon Callow, actor, 47; Miss Mary Ellis, singer and actress, 96; Mr Ken Fletcher, tennis player, 56; Sir John Fretwell, former Ambassador to France, 66; Air Chief Marshal Sir Joseph Gilbert, 65; The Most Rev Trevor Huddleston, human rights campaigner, 83; Mr John Humphries, senior partner, Travers Smith Braithwaite, 71; Mr Henry McLeish MP, 48; Admiral Sir Charles Madden, former Commander-in-Chief, Home Fleet, 90; Mr John Morrison, former President, Wolfson College, Cambridge, 83; Lord Murray QC, a former Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, 74; Mr David Newsome, former Master of Wellington College, 67; Miss Nicola Pagett, actress, 51; Mr John Redwood MP, 45; Miss Margaret Rudland, Headmistress, Godolphin and Latymer School, 51; Mr Sukhdev Sharma, Chief Executive, Commission for Racial Equality, 50; The Rev Martin Smyth MP, 65; Sir Ninian Stephen, former Governor-General of Australia, 73.

TOMORROW: Lord Aberdare, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords, 77; Mr Anthony Abrahams, advocate and solicitor, Brunei Darussalam, 73; Lord Astor of Hever, company managing director, 50; Miss Eileen Atkins, actress, 62; Lord Patrick Beresford, bloodstock agent, 62; Mr James Bolam, actor, 58; Lieut-Gen the Hon Sir Thomas Boyd-Carpenter, former Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, 58; Mr Michael Culver, actor, 58; Mr Tom Graveney, cricketer, 69; Mr John Hadfield, author and publisher, 89; Professor Harold Hanham, Vice- Chancellor, Lancaster University, 68; The Right Rev David Konstant, Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds, 66; Mr Rodney Lund, former chairman, Short Brothers, 60; Mr Neil MacGregor, Director, National Gallery, 50; Mr Ian Matthew, singer and songwriter, 50; Professor Robert Matthews, political economist, 69; Sir John Peel, former MP, 84; Lord Perry of Walton, former Vice-Chancellor, Open University, 75; Mr Enoch Powell, former MP, 84; Lord Richardson, former President, General Medical Council, 86; Sir Ralph Robins, chairman, Rolls-Royce, 64; Miss Helen Ryan, actress, 58; Mr John Salthouse, actor, 45; Professor Erich Segal, classicist and screenwriter, 59; Mr David Whelton, managing director, the Philharmonia Orchestra, 42; Mr Simon Williams, actor, 50.

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