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Kate Winslet
(English Actress Known for Her Work in Independent Films and Period Dramas)
Kate Winslet
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Birthdate: October 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra

Actress Kate Winslet’s most enduring character remains that of the protagonist in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, which made her an international star. She’s also known for doing period roles in films like Sense and Sensibility, Jude and Hamlet. Some of her other notable films are Iris, Little Children, Steve Jobs and The Reader. She won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
(The Duchess of Cambridge)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Catherine “Kate” Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Associated with countless charities, Kate and William started a mental-health campaign named Heads Together. Kate also gave rise to the “Kate Middleton effect" in the fashion world and was named to Time 100.

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Ricky Gervais
(British Comedian, Actor and Director)
Ricky Gervais
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Birthdate: June 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer

Ricky Gervais is one of the best known comedians in the world. He attained fame after starring in the British television series The Office. Later, he ventured into a successful stand-up comedy career. He has performed at many shows and has also acted in several films. However, his dark comedy has often been called insensitive and offensive by several critics.

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Pippa Middleton
(English Socialite, Author, Columnist and Younger Sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge)
Pippa Middleton
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Philippa Charlotte Matthews, better known as Pippa Middleton, is the younger sister of Kate Middleton, or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She soared to fame after appearing as the maid of honor at Kate’s wedding to Prince William. She is a columnist and editor and has also authored a book.
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Charlie Brooker
(Critic, Humourist, Screenwriter)
Charlie Brooker
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Birthdate: March 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Charlie Brooker is best known for creating the science-fiction series Black Mirror. He has also written for shows such as Brass Eye and hosted shows such as Screenwipe and Gameswipe. He is known for his signature style of sarcastic criticism of society. He is also a creative director of Zeppotron.

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Lucy Worsley
(British Historian Best Known as a Presenter of BBC Television Series on Historical Topics)
Lucy Worsley
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Birthdate: December 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

British historian and author Lucy Worsley is not just a curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces, but is also a famed TV presenter, popular for her work on series such as A Very British Murder and If Walls Could Talk. Suffering from a speech disorder, she pronounces “r” in a peculiar way.

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Mike Oldfield
(Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Mike Oldfield
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus

Best known for his hit album-length conceptual piece Tubular Bells, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Mike Oldfield experimented with a whole range of musical genres, such as progressive rock, folk, and new-age rock. His music was also featured in the cult horror film of the 1970s The Exorcist.

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Jeremy Kyle
(Television Presenter)
Jeremy Kyle
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Birthdate: July 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Justin Fletcher
(Actor, Comedian)
Justin Fletcher
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Birthdate: June 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Chris Tarrant
(Television presenter, Radio personality)
Chris Tarrant
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Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Richard Burns
(Race car driver)
Richard Burns
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 25, 2005
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John Sykes
(Guitarist)
John Sykes
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
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Timothy Carlton
(Actor)
Timothy Carlton
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Birthdate: October 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
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Peter Barker Howard May
(English Cricketer)
Peter Barker Howard May
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 31, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 27, 1994
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Alec Bedser
(One of the Best English Cricketers of the 20th Century)
Alec Bedser
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 4, 2010
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Dan Jones
Dan Jones
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Birthdate: July 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo

Award-winning historian and author Dan Jones is best known for his New York Times bestsellers such as The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses. An expert in the history of the Middle Ages, he also writes a sports column for the London Evening Standard. He has also presented many documentaries.

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Ken Barrington
(English International Cricketer)
Ken Barrington
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: March 14, 1981
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Ian Waite
(British Dancer Who Specializes in Latin American Dance)
Ian Waite
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Ian Waite is a British dancer who specializes in Latin American dance. He achieved popularity after appearing on the seventh series of the popular televised dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing. Over the years, Ian Waite has also worked as a teacher and choreographer.

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William Laud
(Archbishop of Canterbury (1633–1645))
William Laud
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Birthdate: October 7, 1573
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 10, 1645
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Matthew Syed
(British Journalist, Broadcaster and Former Table Tennis Player)
Matthew Syed
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Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Peter Strickland
(film director, screenwriter)
Peter Strickland
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Birthdate: May 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Michael Sprott
(British Former Professional Boxer)
Michael Sprott
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Jeff Minter
(Programmer, Engineer, Computer scientist)
Jeff Minter
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus

Known as Yak on all online forums, video-game designer and programmer Jeff Minter is also the founder of Llamasoft. His games often include characters such as llamas and camels and a healthy dose of psychedelics. He has also appeared in the movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

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Chris Mears
(British Diver and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Chris Mears
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel
(Admiral)
Augustus Keppel, Viscount Keppel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 25, 1725
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 2, 1786
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Charles Simeon
(British Evangelical Anglican Cleric)
Charles Simeon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1759
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 13, 1836

Charles Simeon was an evangelical Anglican clergyman. An influential leader among evangelical churchmen, Charles Simeon co-founded the Church Missionary Society. He also helped found the Church's Ministry Among Jewish People in 1809. In 2001, Charles Simeon Trust was established in his honor. In 2014, the Charles Simeon Institute was founded in his honor.

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Sarah Winckless
(British Former Rower)
Sarah Winckless
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Ronald Millar
(British actor and writer)
Ronald Millar
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Birthdate: November 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 16, 1998
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Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
(Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster)
Cormac Murphy-O'Connor
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: September 1, 2017

Cormac Murphy-O'Connor was a British Archbishop of Westminster and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He made headlines when he was serving as the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton; he was subjected to public scrutiny when a priest in his diocese was accused of sexually abusing children.

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Hugh Allen
(Musician)
Hugh Allen
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: February 20, 1946
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Robert Havell
(Engraver)
Robert Havell
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Birthdate: November 25, 1793
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 11, 1878
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Alexander Ross Clarke
(Geodesist)
Alexander Ross Clarke
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 16, 1828
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: February 11, 1914
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Hugh Burgess
(Inventor)
Hugh Burgess
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Birthdate: 1825 AD
Died: February 23, 1892