Birthdays

TODAY

Mr Robert Ainsworth MP, 41; Sir Michael Alexander, former UK Permanent Representative, Nato, 57; The Duke of Atholl, president, Scottish Landowners Federation, 62; Sir Robin Brook, businessman and administrator, 85; Dr Neil Chalmers, director, Natural History Museum, 51; Sir Terence Clark, diplomat, 59; Sir Allan Davis, former Lord Mayor of London, 72; Mr Charlie Drake, comedian, 68; Lt-Gen Sir Peter Duffell, Inspector General, Doctrine and Training, Minister of Defence, 54; M Louis Jourdan, actor, 74; Mr Bryan Kneale, sculptor, 63; Sir Edward Lambert, former diplomat, 92; Rear-Admiral Sir Morgan Morgan-Giles, former MP, 79; Brigadier Eileen Nolan, former director, WRAC, 73; Mr Michael O'Brien MP, 39; Mr Raymond Powell MP, 65; Sir Francis Purchas, a Lord Justice of Appeal, 74; Mr Salman Rushdie, novelist, 46; Sir John Sheil, judge of the High Court of Northern Ireland, 55; Sir Alfred Shepperd, former chief executive, Wellcome Foundation, 68; Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Derek Steele-Perkins, 85.

TOMORROW

The Duchess of Gloucester, 47; Sir Brian Barder, High Commissioner to Australia, 59; Professor Arthur Bell, former director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 67; Lord Brightman, former Judge of Appeal, 82; Dame Catherine Cookson, novelist, 87; Miss Wendy Craig, actress, 59; The Earl of Cranbrook, chairman, English Nature, 60; Brigadier Jill Field, former director, Army Nursing Services, 59; Mr Stephen Frears, film director, 52; Mr David French, director, Relate, 46; Mr Ronald Hines, actor, 64; Mr Richard Hornby, former chairman, Halifax Building Society, 71; Mr Alan Lamb, cricketer, 39; Mr Stanley Metcalfe, chairman, Ranks Hovis McDougall, 61; Sir David Mitchell MP, 65; Mr Johnny Morris, broadcaster, 77; Sir Antony Pilkington, chairman, Pilkington plc, 58; Mr Lionel Richie, singer and songwriter, 44; Mr Budge Rogers, rugby player, 54; Professor Sir Richard Southwood, zoologist, and Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University, 62; Miss Claire Tomalin, writer, 60; Sir Haydn Tudor Evans, High Court judge, 73; The Right Rev John Waine, Bishop of Chelmsford, 63; Mr Brian Wilson, rock singer, 52.

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