Happy Birthday To Who

Today is actor David Tennant’s birthday! He’s been seen in various Masterpiece series (He Knew He Was Right, Casanova, The Escape Artist). He played Hamlet opposite Patrick Stewart’s Claudius on Great Performances. He’s even guest starred on programs like Foyle’s War and The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries. Any of those roles would be enough to get him a mention here, but let’s face it – David Tennant is best known as the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who and that puts him in rare company. He’s even married to Peter Davison’s daughter, which makes him the son-in-law of a Doctor, and that’s pretty awesome!

So happy birthday, David Tennant. You’re the apotheosis of cool!

A Rose By Any Other Name

It’s January 5th and that means it’s broadcast journalist Charlie Rose’s birthday! The native Tar Heel was born 74 years ago in Henderson, NC. He attended Duke University and got his break in TV when he was hired as managing editor for Bill Moyers’ International Report. He’s since gone on to make a bit of a name for himself, so perhaps you’ve heard of him.

So … Happy Birthday, Charlie Rose! You make the Old North State proud.

There Is Nothing Like a Dame

It’s Dame Judi Dench’s birthday! She’s a Hollywood A-lister these days but UNC-TV viewers will always remember her fondly as Jean on As Time Goes By or Laura in A Fine Romance. Plus she’s been in Masterpiece presentations like Cranford, Henry V, Mrs. Brown and Middlemarch, so it’s fair to say she’s been a public television staple throughout the years. That’s why I want to wish the fantastic Judi Dench a glorious and happy birthday! Now blow out your Oscar and have a slice of cake, dear.

To Sir, With Love

In addition to Memorial Day, today is Sir Ian McKellen’s birthday!

Sure, he may be famous for playing wizards and mutants on the big screen but we’ll always love him for being so Vicious in a beloved Britcom. (And if you missed his King Lear, you can watch it on the Great Performances web site.)

So happy 76th birthday, Sir Ian Murray McKellen. You don’t look a day over fantastic!