Birthdays: Christmas Day

Birthdays: Princess Alexandra, 57; Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, 92; Lord Annan, author, 77; Miss Sheila Browne, former Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge, 69; Professor Kenneth Calman, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, 52; Mr Nick Conway, actor, 31; Mr Kenny Everett, radio and television comedian, 49; Lord Grade, chairman, the Grade Company, 87; Mr Stuart Hall, radio commentator and presenter, 59; The Right Rev Noel Jones, Bishop of Sodor and Man, 61; Miss Annie Lennox, singer, 39; Professor Philip Love, Vice-Chancellor, Liverpool University, 54; Mr Tony Martin, singer and actor, 80; Sir Peter Matthews, former Chief Constable of Surrey, 76; Mr Ismail Merchant, film producer, 57; Professor Phyllida Parsloe, Professor of Social work, and Warden of Wills Hall, Bristol University, 63; Mr Noel Redding, rock musician, 48; Sir Allen Sheppard, chairman and chief executive, Grand Metropolitan, 61; Miss Sissy Spacek, actress, 44; Mr Nigel Starmer-Smith, sports commentator, 49; Sir Noel Stockdale, life president of the ASDA group, 73; The Right Rev Benjamin Vaughan, former Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, 76; Sir Christopher Wates, chief executive of Wates Holdings, 54.