Famous people born today: Celebrity birthdays for August 23 – Andrew Rannells, Shelley Long and Samantha Chapman

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HAPPY Birthday to everyone celebrating today, but did you know you share it with these celebrities?

These are the famous faces who will be popping open the champers this evening…

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Girls star Andrew Rannells will be popping open the champers later[/caption]

Who’s celebrating their birthday today?

Andrew Rannells, 39

Best known for his role as Elijah in the HBO hit television series Girls, Andrew Rannells first rose to fame as a stage actor.

Born and raised in Nebraska, Andrew is the fourth of five siblings.

The Broadway star first began acting as a child and took part in local community theatre.

His big break came when he was cast as Lark Linkin in a Broadway production of Hairspray in 2006.

Discussing his sexuality with Vulture, Andrew described his experience of coming out as “uneventful” because he recognised he was gay “from a very young age, like 4 or 5.”

Along with his theatre roles, Andrew has also starred in the 2012 comedy Bachelorette and the 2016 Nancy Meyers film The Intern alongside Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.

Andrew turns 39 today.

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Cheers actress Shelley Long will be blowing out the birthday candles today[/caption]

Shelley Long, 69

Shelley Long is another television star celebrating a birthday today.

The actress is best known for her role as Diane Chambers in the classic television sitcom Cheers.

During her five years on the show, Shelley was nominated for five Emmys and won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1983 along with her two Golden Globes.

However, she decided to exit the screen in 1987 to spend more time with her daughter Juliana who was just two years old at the time.

Cheers co-star Ted Danson said during a biography documentary that there was tension between himself and Shelley but “never at a personal level and always at a work level” because of their conflicting working styles.

Shelley reprised her role as Diane for a handful of Fraiser episodes in the late 90s.

Since then, she has had a recurring role as DeDe Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family.

Shelley turns 69 today.

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YouTuber and Real Techniques founder Samantha Chapman is also celebrating today[/caption]

Samantha Chapman, 41

Social media star and make-up entrepreneur Samantha Chapman also has reason to celebrate today.

As one half of Pixiwoo (a beauty YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers), British make-up artist Sam and her sister Nic were among the first social media stars to make a career out of their channel.

Having grown up in Norwich, Sam followed in her auntie’s footsteps and moved to London to train as a make-up artist.

After working on MAC, Estee Lauder and Chanel make-up counters, Sam began doing backstage makeup at fashion weeks along with magazine editorial work.

In 2008, she moved back home to start a family and and was inspired to film her first YouTube tutorial when a friend asked how to do a smokey eye.

Along with her sister Nic, the two filmed tutorials of high fashion runway looks and celebrity red-carpet make-up.

By 2010, they had over 30,000 subscribers and launched their award-winning brush  brand Real Techniques one year later.

Inspired by Sam and Nic’s success, younger brother Jim Chapman and his wife Tanya Burr also launched their YouTube channels at a similar time

Samantha turns 41 today.

What about these legends?

William Shakespeare’s birthday is normally celebrated on April 23, although the exact date is unknown.

The poet was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, leading to the assumption that he was born three days before.

He also passed away on April 23, 1616, making it a popular legend that he died on his birthday.

Legendary cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who passed away on March 14, 2018, was born in Oxford on January 8, 1942.


The Beatles’ John Lennon, who was shot dead in New York on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40, was born in Liverpool on October 9, 1940.

Elizabeth II, who’s been the Queen of England since 1952, was born in Mayfair, London, on April 21, 1926.

The Queen also has an “official birthday”, which she celebrates on the second Saturday in June.

WW2 Prime Minister Winston Churchill celebrated his birthday on November 30.

He was born in Bleinham Palace, Oxfordshire, in 1874 – and passed away on January 24, 1965.