Famous People Born In 1972

Discover the most famous people born in 1972. The list includes people like Eminem, Dwayne Johnson, Sundar Pichai, Ben Affleck, The Notorious B.I.G. and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include football players, composers, actresses and models born in 1972. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.
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Dwayne Johnson
(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time & One of the World's Highest-Grossing Actors)
Dwayne Johnson
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Birthdate: 2nd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States

A renowned former wrestler with numerous titles under his belt, Dwayne Johnson initially wanted to be a football player but an injury turned him towards wrestling. He soon entered the world of acting, experienced phenomenal success in television and films and became the highest earning male actor in the world.

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Eminem
(One of the Most Influential and Popular Rappers of All Time)
Eminem
258
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States

Amongst the biggest rappers of all time, Eminem gained worldwide popularity with the release of albums like The Slim Shady LP and The Marshall Mathers LP. His subsequent albums became huge successes further making him a bigger sensation and one of the bestselling music artists of all time. His fame greatly inspired other white rappers to succeed in popular music.

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Shaquille O’ Neal
(Basketball player)
Shaquille O’ Neal
82
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Shaquille O'Neal is an American former basketball player who currently works as a sports analyst. Considered one of the greatest basketballers ever, O'Neal was also one of the heaviest and tallest players of all time. One of the most important players in the history of LA Lakers, O'Neal helped the team win three consecutive NBA championships between 2000 and 2002.

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Sundar Pichai
(CEO of Google Inc)
Sundar Pichai
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Listed In: CEOs
Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

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The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

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Sofia Vergara
(Actress)
Sofia Vergara
76
Birthdate: 10th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, model, and TV producer. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in American TV. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a TV host. She began gaining popularity as an actress in the 2000s and appeared in many TV shows and films. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award.

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Jennifer Garner
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Active in the entertainment industry since the mid-1990s, actress Jennifer Garner gained international fame her supporting role in Pearl Harbor. The daughter of conservative middle-class parents, she was determined to achieve big things and decided to become an actress. Besides acting, she is also an entrepreneur and is the co-founder of a baby food company.

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Cameron Diaz
(One of the Highest-Grossing US Actresses of All-Time)
Cameron Diaz
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

A former actress best known for her appearances in comedy films, Cameron Diaz is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a New York Film Critics Award. She began modeling as a teenager and was soon flooded with acting offers. Over the years, she became a successful actress and has since retired from acting. She is known for her environmental activism.

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Zinedine Zidane
(French Professional Football Manager and Former Player Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Zinedine Zidane
76
Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Castellane, Marseille, France

Amongst the greatest footballers of all time, Zinedine Zidane led France to victories in the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. Later, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year took up the position of Real Madrid manager and carved yet another success story by winning major titles like Champions League and UEFA Super Cups.

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Idris Elba
(Known for His Roles in the Series 'The Wire' and 'Luther')
Idris Elba
132
Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Idris Elba is a successful actor both on the small and the big screen and is mainly known for the television series The Wire and Luther and also for films, such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation. He has also acted in blockbuster films of Marvel Comics universe like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

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Vanessa Paradis
(Singer, Model and Actress)
Vanessa Paradis
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Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, became a celebrity at the age of 14 with the French song Joe le taxi in 1987. She tasted further success with English songs like Be My Baby and many other French songs. She has also acted in several French films and has modelled regularly for high-end fashion products by Chanel like perfume and handbags.

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Gabrielle Union
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 29th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

A popular American actress, Gabrielle Union has been vocal about violence against women and issues pertaining to women's health. Also a writer, she has released a memoir and a children's book. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. Gabrielle Union has been an inspiration for women like Oprah Winfrey.

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Ben Affleck
(Actor, Director, Producer & Screenwriter Known for the Portrayal of 'Batman' in Superhero Films)
Ben Affleck
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Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

Ben Affleck is actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He started as a child actor and attained fame after winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997. He has been involved in a number of successful and critically acclaimed films. He’s had issues with alcoholism and has been accused by women of inappropriate behaviour.

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Big Show
(Professional Wrestler)
Big Show
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Listed In: WWE Wrestlers
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina, United States

Big Show is a professional wrestler. Known for his large frame and athleticism, Show is one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He has won several world championships in WWE. Big Show's large frame is attributed to a condition called acromegaly, which he used to his advantage and established himself in the wrestling world.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film ' Shakespeare in Love')
Gwyneth Paltrow
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress who has worked in several notable films, such as Emma, Seven and The Talented Mr Ripley. She won the Oscars for her role in the film Shakespeare in Love. She’s also worked on several television shows. She has been criticised for promoting unproven treatments based on pseudoscience via her lifestyle company Goop and has had to face lawsuits over it.

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Karl Urban
(New Zealand Actor Known for His TV Series ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’)
Karl Urban
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Karl Urban is one of the most popular actors from New Zealand. He established himself in the American film industry by playing the role of Éomer in two of the three Lord of the Rings film series. Apart from acting, he plays a key role in supporting The KidsCan Charitable Trust, which provides essentials to over 16,000 disadvantaged children.

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Angie Harmon
(Actress Known for Her Role in the TV Series: 'Law & Order', 'Rizzoli & Isles' and 'Baywatch Nights')
Angie Harmon
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Birthdate: 10th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Highland Park, Texas, United States

Starting out as a child model, Angie Harmon won a modeling contest organized by Seventeen magazine when she was 15. After winning a Spectrum Model Search contest, she pursued a modeling career. She then became an actress and gained international recognition for her performance in series like Baywatch Nights and Law & Order. She also practices taekwondo and boxing.

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Josh Duhamel
(Actor and Former Model Known for His TV Series ‘All My Children’, ‘Las Vegas’ and 'Transformers' Film Series)
Josh Duhamel
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minot, North Dakota, United States

Josh Duhamel is an actor and former fashion model and has appeared as one of the main protagonists in the Transformers films. Some of his other films are, When in Rome, Life as We Know It, New Year's Eve, Safe Haven and Love Simon. He has also acted in television and has starred in video games.

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Billie Joe Armstrong
(Lead Vocalist, Songwriter and Guitarist of the Rock Band 'Green Day')
Billie Joe Armstrong
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

Billie Joe Armstrong is an American musician and record producer. He is credited with co-founding and popularizing the rock band, Green Day. As a guitarist and vocalist, he has also contributed immensely to the success of the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder. In 1997, Armstrong founded Adeline Records to help support contemporary bands; the record company was closed in 2017.

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Jude Law
(Actor)
Jude Law
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

British actor Jude Law is hailed as one of the most respected and talented artists of his generation. The movie Shopping in 1994 was his breakthrough moment and he has not looked back since then. He has worked across continents, with some of his prominent films being Gattaca, The Talented Mr Ripley, Cold Mountain, Alfie, Road to Perdition, Captain Marvel and Sherlock Holmes.

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Alyssa Milano
(Actress and Political Activist Known for Her Role in the 'MeToo Movement')
Alyssa Milano
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York, United States
An unexpected audition led a young Alyssa Milano to her role in touring musical Annie. She became a teen star with sitcom Who's the Boss?. A bit of struggle later, she finally bagged her big break as an adult in the television show Charmed. Alyssa Milano is also a political activist and UNICEF Ambassador.
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Leslie Mann
(Actress)
Leslie Mann
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Leslie Mann is one of the most bankable American actresses, with many of her films grossing millions of dollars at the box office. Also well-known for her charity work, Leslie Mann supports non-profit organizations like 826LA. Leslie and her husband Judd Apatow have been honored multiple times for their philanthropic contributions.

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Carmen Electra
(Actress, Model and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Lani McKenzie’ in the TV Series ‘Baywatch’)
Carmen Electra
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Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States

Carmen Electra is an actress, TV personality, and singer. One of the leading figures of glamour modeling, Carmen Electra gained popularity as a sex symbol. She is also one of the most popular Playboy models of all time. Apart from being a prominent media personality, Carmen also works with various non-profit organizations, such as Elevate Hope and HollyRod Foundation.

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Wayne Brady
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States

Emmy Award-winner improv comedian Wayne Brady of Whose Line Is It Anyway? has also mesmerized audiences with his acting skills in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots. If that wasn’t enough, the multitalented performer was also nominated for a Grammy for his rendition of Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come.

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Marlon Wayans
(Actor, Comedian, Writer and Producer)
Marlon Wayans
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 23rd July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Marlon Wayans is best known for his roles in the series In Living Color and The Wayans Bros. Fans loved him in comedies such as Scary Movie and its sequel, and the drama Requiem for a Dream. He also launched his own sitcom, Marlon, and a comedy-oriented digital media company.

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Maya Rudolph
(Actress, Comedian and Singer)
Maya Rudolph
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Birthdate: 27th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

A multi-talented personality, Maya Rudolph is known for her acting, singing, and comedic skills. Apart from playing supporting roles in popular films, such as 50 First Dates and Grown Ups, Maya played a crucial role in Saturday Night Live from 2000 to 2007, during which she impersonated personalities like Kamala Harris, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award.

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Eric Dane
(Actor)
Eric Dane
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Eric Dane is an actor who established himself in the American film and TV industry after battling problems, such as the demise of his father when he was still very young and drug addiction and depression later in his life. Before enrolling himself to a rehabilitation center, Dane made headlines when a video featuring him nude and using drugs surfaced. 

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Thandie Newton
(English Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Beloved’, ‘Mission: Impossible 2’ and ‘Shade’)
Thandie Newton
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 6th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

A critically acclaimed and award-winning actress, Thandie Newton is also an activist—she led a flash mob in 2013 for gender equality and justice. An actress with an affinity for Buddhism, Thandie was named Sexiest Vegan of 2014 by PETA. During the 2019 New Year Honours, she was appointed OBE for services to charity and film.

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Rebecca Romijn
(Actress Known for Her Role in ‘X-Men' Film Series and 'Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' TV Series)
Rebecca Romijn
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Birthdate: 6th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

Rebecca Romijn is an American actress whose skills and beautiful body were tailor-made for the role of Mystique, whom she portrayed in the X-Men film series. Renowned for her beauty, Rebecca Romijn started her career as a model, featuring on the cover of magazines like Glamour and Sports Illustrated. She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for popular brands.

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Selma Blair
(Actress)
Selma Blair
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Southfield, Michigan, United States

Selma Blair is an American actress who gained international recognition after playing Liz Sherman in the Hellboy film series. Also regarded as a fashion icon, Selma Blair has been playing a key role in popularizing new fashion trends and hairstyles by appearing in popular magazines. She has also worked with fashion designers like Karen Zambos, Isaac Mizrahi, and Martin Margiela.

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Sarah Rafferty
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
Sarah Rafferty is best known for her performance as Donna in the series Suits. She has also been part of series such as Bones, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Six Feet Under. She has appeared in the movies Speakeasy, Soccer Dog: European Cup, and Falling for Grace.
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Dana Perino
(Political Commentator for Fox News and 26th White House Press Secretary (2007 - 2009))
Dana Perino
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Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Evanston, Wyoming, United States
Dana Perino, co-host of the Fox News show The Five, served as the White House Press Secretary, under President George W. Bush, from 2007 to 2009. She was nominated by Barack Obama to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, has worked as a publishing executive, and has taught part-time.
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Nikki Haley
(The First Female Governor of South Carolina)
Nikki Haley
72
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 20th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina, United States

Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

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Wil Wheaton
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Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Burbank, California

Wil Wheaton is best known for his roles in Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has voiced countless animation films, audiobooks, and video games. An avid blogger, he has also written several books. He loves poker and has hosted many web shows, such as TableTop.

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Brad Douglas Paisley
(Country Music Singer and Songwriter)
Brad Douglas Paisley
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Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glen Dale, West Virginia, United States

Brad Douglas Paisley is an American singer-songwriter. One of the most decorated male country music singers of the current generation, Paisley has won multiple American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. Brad Paisley is also known for his skills as a guitarist and one particular model of guitar is named after him.

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Elizabeth Berkley
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 28th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States

Elizabeth Berkley is an American actress best known for playing Jessie Spano in the television sitcom series Saved by the Bell. After having started her career as a teenaged model, Berkley has come a long way in the entertainment industry. Also a humanitarian, Berkley published a self-help book titled Ask-Elizabeth in order to help girls throughout the country.

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Common
(Rapper)
Common
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 13th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Geri Halliwell
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Birthdate: 6th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Watford

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

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Rivaldo
(Brazilian Former Football Player Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Rivaldo
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Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 19th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Brazilian former footballer Rivaldo is known for his powerful strikes and has had successful stints with the clubs Barcelona and Milan. He is the seventh-highest goal-scorer for Brazil and was part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning team. Post-retirement, he appeared in the film I Am Not Salvador
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Liam Gallagher
(Singer-songwriter)
Liam Gallagher
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 21st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher later also led the band Beady Eye, before launching a solo career. Both his solo albums have topped the U.K. charts. The rock icon has been heavily influenced by John Lennon’s singing style. He loves dressing in parkas and is known for his outspokenness.
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Julie Benz
(Actress)
Julie Benz
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

An actress who rose to fame for her role as Darla in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Julie Benz has been in the show business since 1990. She developed a passion for acting as a young girl and proceeded to study acting at New York University. Beginning her career as a TV actress, she soon branched out into films.

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Jenny McCarthy
(American Actress, Model and Activist)
Jenny McCarthy
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Birthdate: 1st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States

Actress, model, and TV host, Jenny McCarthy has been active in the entertainment industry for around three decades. She started her career as a model for Playboy and moved on to host TV shows. She made her film debut in the late 1990s. Her son has autism and she promotes research in alternative medical treatments for autism.

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Luís Figo
(One of the Best Portuguese Football Players of All Time)
Luís Figo
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Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Almada, Portugal
Portuguese former footballer Luís Figo has had successful stints with Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan. He made a La Liga record with 106 assists, the second-highest in the league. He participated in two World Cups for Portugal and was named the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year.
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Taylor Hawkins
(Musician)
Taylor Hawkins
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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Gabriel Macht
(Actor and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Harvey Specter’ in the TV Series ‘Suits’)
Gabriel Macht
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Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

The son of actor Stephen Macht, Gabriel Macht followed in his father's footsteps to become a popular actor and film producer in his own right. A vegetarian who practices green living, Gabriel Macht was one of the guests at Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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Dita Von Teese
(Dancer, Actress)
Dita Von Teese
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan, United States
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Mia Hamm
(American Former Professional Soccer Player and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Mia Hamm
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Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Selma, Alabama, United States
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Brian Baumgartner
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Role as ‘Kevin Malone’ in the TV Series ‘The Office’)
Brian Baumgartner
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Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Brian Baumgartner is an American actor best known for portraying Kevin Malone in the popular TV series, The Office. Thanks to his amazing performance in The Office, Baumgartner was also cast in the series' web series spin-off The Office: The Accountants, for which he received a Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Broadband Program - Comedy category in 2007.

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Amanda Peet
(Actress)
Amanda Peet
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 11th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Actress Amanda Peet achieved wider recognition with crime comedy film The Whole Nine Yards. She later worked in a wide range of films including The Way, Way Back and Sleeping With Other People. The actress, who began her career on Broadway and did several commercials, has also appeared in television series Jack & Jill and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

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Toto Wolff
(Austrian Former Racing Driver, Investor and CEO of ‘Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team’)
Toto Wolff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 12th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Former racing driver Toto Wolff is the CEO and 30% stakeholder of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One Team. He has been part of the Austrian and German Formula Ford championships. He later established the investment firms Marchfifteen and Marchsixteen. He supports underprivileged children through the Mary Bendet Foundation.