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Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona is a French actor, director, producer, and former professional footballer.

He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United, where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.

He won the league championship in seven of his last eight full seasons as a professional. At international level, he played for the French national team.

  • Full name: Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona
  • Profession: French actor, director, producer
  • Born: 24 May 1966 (age 53 years), Marseille, France
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • Position: Forward
  • Number: 7 (Manchester United F.C. / Forward), 11 (FC Girondins de Bordeaux / Forward), 11 (Montpellier HSC / Forward)
  • Spouse: Rachida Brakni (m. 2007), Isabelle Ferrer (m. 1987–2003)
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Benicio del Toro

Benicio del Toro is a Puerto Rican actor and producer of Spanish descent. He has won critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards.

Including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of the jaded but morally upright police officer Javier Rodriguez in the film Traffic (2000).

Del Toro’s performance as ex-con turned religious fanatic in despair, Jack Jordan, in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams (2003) earned him a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

As well as a second Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination and a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

  • Full name: Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez
  • Profession: Puerto Rican actor
  • Born: 19 February 1967 (age 53 years), San Germán, Puerto Rico
  • Height: 1.88 m
  • TV shows: Escape at Dannemora
  • Children: Delilah del Toro
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Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rican singer, actor, and author who is known as the “King of Latin Pop”.

He holds dual American and Spanish citizenship and began his career at age 12 with the all-boy pop group Menudo.

After five years with the group, he released several Spanish-language solo albums throughout the 1990s.

Since the beginning of his solo career in 1991, Ricky Martin has become one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time with sales estimates ranging from 70 million records to 95 million albums.

He also acted on stage and on TV in Mexico, where he achieved modest stardom.

In 1994, he appeared on the US TV soap opera General Hospital, playing a Puerto Rican singer. He also ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time.

  • Full name: Enrique Martín Morales
  • Born: 24 December 1971, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Profession: Puerto Rican Singer, Actor, Author
  • Height: 1.82 m
  • Spouse: Jwan Yosef (m. 2017)
  • Children: Lucia Martin-Yosef, Renn Martin-Yosef, Valentino Martin, Matteo Martin
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Elsa Pataky

Elsa Pataky is a Spanish model, actress, and film producer. Pataky is known for her role as Elena Neves in The Fast and the Furious franchise.

She has appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane (2006), Giallo (2009) and Give ‘Em Hell, Malone (2009). She also starred in the Spanish film Di Di Hollywood (2010).

  • Full name: Elsa Lafuente Medianu
  • Profession: Spanish model, actress
  • Born: 18 July 1976 (age 43 years), Madrid, Spain
  • Height: 1.61 m
  • Spouse: Chris Hemsworth (m. 2010)
  • Books: Strong: How to Eat, Move and Live with Strength and Vitality
  • Spouse: Chris Hemsworth (m. 2010)
  • Children: India Rose Hemsworth, Sasha Hemsworth, Tristan Hemsworth
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Judi Dench

Judi Dench is an English actress, artist and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company.

Over the following few years, she performed in several of Shakespeare’s plays, in such roles as Ophelia in Hamlet, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth.

Although most of her work during this period was in theatre, she also branched into film work and won a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer. She drew rave reviews for her leading role in the musical Cabaret in 1968.

Over the next two decades, Dench established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

She received critical acclaim for her work on television during this period, in the series A Fine Romance (1981–1984) and As Time Goes By (1992–2005), in both of which she held starring roles.

Her film appearances were infrequent, and included supporting roles in major films, such as A Room with a View (1986), before she rose to international fame as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she continued to play in James Bond films until Skyfall (2012).

A seven-time Academy Award nominee, Dench won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love (1998); her other Oscar-nominated roles were in Mrs Brown (1997), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006) and Philomena (2013).

She has also received many other accolades for her acting in theatre, film, and television; her other competitive awards include six British Academy Film Awards, four BAFTA TV Awards, seven Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Tony Award.

She has also received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, and the Special Olivier Award in 2004. In June 2011, she received a fellowship from the British Film Institute (BFI). Dench is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

  • Full name: Dame Judith Olivia Dench CH DBE FRSA
  • Profession: British actress
  • Born: 9 December 1934 (age 85 years), Heworth, York
  • Spouse: Michael Williams (m. 1971–2001)
  • TV shows: As Time Goes By, A Fine Romance, Cranford
  • Upcoming movies: Artemis Fowl, Blithe Spirit, Six Minutes to Midnight
  • Children: Finty Williams
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Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster is an American actress, director, and producer. She has received two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

For her work as a director, she has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Foster began her professional career as a child model when she was three years old, and she made her acting debut in 1968 in the television sitcom Mayberry R.F.D. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, she worked in several television series and made her film debut with Disney’s Napoleon and Samantha (1972).

Following appearances in the musical Tom Sawyer (1973) and Martin Scorsese’s comedy-drama Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Foster’s breakthrough came with Scorsese’s psychological thriller Taxi Driver (1976), in which she played a child prostitute; at age 14, she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Her other roles as a teenager include the musical Bugsy Malone (1976) and the thriller The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976), and she became a popular teen idol by starring in Disney’s Freaky Friday (1976) and Candleshoe (1977), as well as Carny (1980) and Foxes (1980).

After attending college at Yale, Foster struggled to transition into adult roles until she gained critical acclaim for playing a rape survivor in the legal drama The Accused (1988), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

She won her second Academy Award three years later for the psychological horror The Silence of the Lambs (1991), in which she portrayed Clarice Starling. Foster made her debut as a film director the same year with Little Man Tate, and founded her own production company, Egg Pictures, in 1992.

The company’s first production was Nell (1994), in which she also played the title role, garnering her fourth nomination for an Academy Award.

Her other successful films in the 1990s were the romantic drama Sommersby, western comedy Maverick (1994), science fiction Contact (1997), and period drama Anna and the King (1999).

Foster experienced career setbacks in the early 2000s, including the cancellation of a film project and the closing down of her production company, but she then starred in four commercially successful thrillers: Panic Room (2002), Flightplan (2005), Inside Man (2006), and The Brave One (2007).

She has focused on directing in the 2010s, directing the films The Beaver (2011) and Money Monster (2016), as well as episodes for Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, and Black Mirror. She also starred in the films Carnage (2011), Elysium (2013), and Hotel Artemis (2018).

  • Full name: Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster
  • Profession: American actress
  • Born: 19 November 1962 (age 57 years), Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Spouse: Alexandra Hedison (m. 2014)
  • TV shows: Gunsmoke, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, MORE
  • Children: Kit Bernard Foster, Charles Bernard Foster
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Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is a British actress. She has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards.

Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in 1995, before making her breakthrough with the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, for which she won the London Film Critics’ Circle Award for Best Newcomer.

She then starred in the 2003 fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean, playing Elizabeth Swann, a role that she would reprise in the subsequent films of the franchise.

She went on to appear in the Christmas film Love Actually (2003) and portrayed Guinevere in King Arthur (2004).

A significant turning point came in her career when Knightley received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for starring as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005).

She became known for starring in several other period dramas, earning a BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nomination for Atonement (2007), and earning critical praise for her performances as Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), Sabina Spielrein in A Dangerous Method (2011), and the titular characters in Anna Karenina (2012) and Colette (2018).

Knightley received her second Academy Award nomination for portraying Joan Clarke in the historical drama The Imitation Game (2014).

Her contemporary film roles were in the romantic comedy Begin Again (2013), the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), the adventure film Everest (2015), and the docudrama Official Secrets (2019).

On stage, Knightley has appeared on the West End in Martin Crimp’s 2009 production of The Misanthrope, which earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award.

She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin. Knightley is known for her outspoken stance on social issues, and has worked extensively with Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Comic Relief.

She was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.

  • Full name: Keira Christina Knightley, OBE
  • Profession: British actress
  • Born: 26 March 1985 (age 35 years), Teddington
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: James Righton (m. 2013)
  • Children: Edie Knightley Righton
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Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore is an American actress and author. Prolific in film since the early 1990s, she is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women in both independent and blockbuster films.

She has received many accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award and two Golden Globes. Time magazine named Moore one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015.

After studying theatre at Boston University, Moore began her career with a series of television roles. From 1985 to 1988, she was a regular in the soap opera As the World Turns, earning a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance.

Her film debut was in Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990), and she continued to play small roles for the next four years, including in the thriller The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992).

Moore first received critical attention with Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993), and successive performances in Vanya on 42nd Street (1994) and Safe (1995) continued this acclaim.

Starring roles in the blockbusters Nine Months (1995) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) established her as a leading lady in Hollywood.

Moore received considerable recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s, earning Oscar nominations for Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002) and The Hours (2002).

In the first of these, she played a 1970s pornographic actress, while the other three starred her as an unhappy, mid-20th century housewife.

She also had success with the films The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), Hannibal (2001), Children of Men (2006), A Single Man (2009), The Kids Are All Right (2010), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), and won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the television film Game Change (2012).

Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her playing an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice (2014) and was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for Maps to the Stars (2014).

Her highest-grossing releases include the final two films of The Hunger Games series and the spy film Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

In addition to acting, Moore has written a series of children’s books about a character named “Freckleface Strawberry”. She is married to director Bart Freundlich, with whom she has two children.

  • Full name: Julianne Moore
  • Profession: American actress
  • Born: 3 December 1960 (age 59 years), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States
  • Upcoming movie: The Woman in the Window
  • Spouse: Bart Freundlich (m. 2003), John Gould Rubin (m. 1986–1995)
  • TV shows: As the World Turns, I’ll Take Manhattan, Lisey’s Story, Inside Amy Schumer, Gloria Bell: Extras
  • Children: Liv Freundlich, Caleb Freundlich
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Amy Adams

Amy Lou Adams is an American actress. Known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, she has placed three times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

Her accolades include two Golden Globes, and nominations for six Academy Awards and seven British Academy Film Awards.

She trained to be a ballerina, but at age 18, she found musical theater a better fit, and from 1994 to 1998, she worked in dinner theater.

She made her feature film debut with a supporting part in the 1999 satire Drop Dead Gorgeous. After moving to Los Angeles, she made guest appearances in television and took on “mean girl” parts in small-scale features.

Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, but she was unemployed for a year afterward.

Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in the 2005 independent film Junebug.

The 2007 musical Enchanted, in which Adams played a cheerful princess, was her first major success as a leading lady.

She followed it by playing naïve, optimistic women in a series of films such as the 2008 drama Doubt.

timShe subsequently played stronger parts to positive reviews in the sports film The Fighter (2010) and the psychological drama The Master (2012).

In 2013, she began portraying Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe. She won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for playing a seductive con artist in the crime film American Hustle (2013) and the painter Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes (2014).

Further acclaim came for playing a linguist in the science fiction film Arrival (2016), a self-harming reporter in the miniseries Sharp Objects (2018), and Lynne Cheney in the satirical film Vice (2018).

Adams’s stage roles include the Public Theater’s revival of Into the Woods in 2012, in which she played the Baker’s Wife.

In 2014, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time and featured in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

  • Full name: Amy Lou Adams
  • Profession: American actress
  • Born: 20 August 1974 (age 45 years), Caserma Ederle, Italy
  • Height: 1.63 m
  • Spouse: Darren Le Gallo (m. 2015)
  • Children: Aviana Olea Le Gallo
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Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an American actress. Often described as the “best actress of her generation”, Streep is particularly known for her versatility and accents.

Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three. Among other accolades, she has received 32 Golden Globe nominations, more than any other person, and won eight.

Streep has been the recipient of many honorary awards.

She was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2004, Gala Tribute from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2008, and Kennedy Center Honor in 2011 for her contribution to American culture, through performing arts.

President Barack Obama awarded her the 2010 National Medal of Arts, and in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 2003, the government of France made her a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. She was awarded the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2017.

  • Full name: Mary Louise “Meryl” Streep
  • Profession: American actress
  • Born: 22 June 1949 (age 70 years), Summit, New Jersey, United States
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Spouse: Don Gummer (m. 1978)
  • Children: Mamie Gummer, Grace Gummer, Henry Wolfe, Louisa Jacobson
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Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja is an Indian film actress. She has received a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award, and from 2012–2016, she appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list based on her income and popularity.

Kapoor, the daughter of actor Anil Kapoor, began her career as an assistant director on filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 2005 drama Black.

She later made her acting debut in Bhansali’s romantic drama Saawariya (2007), a box office flop, and had her first commercial success with the romantic comedy I Hate Luv Storys (2010).

However, this was followed by a series of commercial failures and repetitive roles, which garnered her negative reviews.

The 2013 box office hit Raanjhanaa marked a turning point in Kapoor’s career, garnering her praise and Best Actress nominations at several award ceremonies.

Kapoor had her biggest commercial successes with supporting roles in the biopics Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Sanju (2018), and a leading role in the romance Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015); the latter two rank among the highest-grossing Bollywood films.

Her acclaimed portrayal of Neerja Bhanot in the 2016 biographical thriller Neerja won her the National Film Award – Special Mention and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, and she followed it with a starring role in the 2018 female buddy film Veere Di Wedding, both of which rank among the highest-grossing female-led Hindi films.

Kapoor supports the raising awareness of breast cancer and LGBT rights. Known in the media for her outspoken personality, she is frequently credited as one of India’s most fashionable celebrities. She is married to the businessman Anand Ahuja.

  • Full name: Sonam Kapoor
  • Profession: Indian actress
  • Born: 9 June 1985 (age 34 years), Chembur, Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Spouse: Anand Ahuja (m. 2018)
  • Education: University of Mumbai, University of East London
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Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu is an Indian film actress and model. Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English films.

Basu is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award.

Particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres, she is frequently cited in the media as a sex symbol.

She won the Godrej Cinthol Supermodel contest in 1996, and later pursued a successful career as a fashion model.

She then began receiving offers for film roles, and made her acting debut with a negative role in the moderately successful thriller Ajnabee (2001), which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Basu’s first leading role was in the blockbuster horror film Raaz (2002), which earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

She subsequently received worldwide critical recognition and several awards for her portrayals of a seductress in the 2003 erotic thriller Jism and the 2006 drama Corporate.

Basu achieved further success with starring roles in six of India’s annually top-grossing productions—the comedies No Entry (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006), and All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), the action adventure Dhoom 2 (2006), the action thriller Race (2008) and the horror thriller Raaz 3D (2012).

She also received praise for her performances in the romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), and the horror films Aatma (2013), Creature 3D (2014) and Alone (2015). Her other notable work includes item numbers in several films.

In addition to acting in films, Basu is a fitness enthusiast and has featured in several fitness videos. Following a high-profile relationship with actor John Abraham, Basu married actor Karan Singh Grover in 2016.

  • Full name: Bipasha Basu
  • Profession: Indian actress
  • Born: 7 January 1979 (age 41 years), New Delhi, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Karan Singh Grover (m. 2016)
  • TV shows: Darr Sabko Lagta Hai, Arjun
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Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta is an Indian actress, model and the winner of the Miss Universe 2000 pageant, she previously crowned Miss Intercontinental 1997.

In her career, she has primarily worked in Hindi films. She is the recipient of several accolades including a Filmfare Award.

Dutta made her debut with Andaaz (2003), which won her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

She appeared in several commercial successes, including Masti (2004), No Entry (2005), Fanaa (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Partner (2007) Housefull (2010), And Don 2 (2011).

  • Full name: Lara Dutta
  • Profession: Indian actress
  • Born: 16 April 1978 (age 41 years), Ghaziabad, India
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Spouse: Mahesh Bhupathi (m. 2011)
  • Children: Saira Bhupathi
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Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi is an Indian film actor, producer, television personality and playback singer who appears in Bollywood films.

He is the recipient of several awards including a Filmfare Award from five nominations and is noted for acting in varied film genres.

  • Full name: Arshad Warsi
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 19 April 1968 (age 51 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Spouse: Maria Goretti (m. 1999)
  • TV shows: Bigg Boss, Sabse Bada Kalakar, MORE
  • Children: Zeke Warsi, Zene Zoe Warsi
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Paresh Rawal

Paresh Rawal is an Indian film actor, comedian and politician known for his works notably in Bollywood.

He was a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha of the Indian Parliament representing the Ahmedabad East constituency from 2014 to 2019. He is politically affiliated with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Rawal speaks Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu and English fluently. In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films Woh Chokri and Sir.

For the latter, he received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta’s Sardar, which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim.

He has received wide recognition for his villainous roles in Telugu box office hits such as Kshana Kshanam (1991), Money (1993), Money Money (1995), Govinda Govinda (1994), Rikshavodu (1995), Bavagaru Bagunnara (1998), Shankar Dada M.B.B.S. (2004), and Teen Maar (2011).

His other notable works in Hindi cinema are Naam (1986), Shiva (1990), Mohra (1994), Tamanna (1996), Aitraaz (2004), Table No. 21 (2013) and Zilla Ghaziabad (2013).

He then ventured into comedy, with hits such as Andaz Apna Apna (1994), Chachi 420 (1997), Hera Pheri (2000), Nayak (2001), Aankhen (2002), Awara Paagal Deewana (2002), Hungama (2003), Hulchul (2004), Deewane Huye Paagal (2005), Garam Masala (2005), Phir Hera Pheri (2006).

Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Bhagam Bhag (2006), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), Welcome (2007), One Two Three (2008), Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008), Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? (2010), OMG – Oh My God! (2012), Welcome Back (2015), Dharam Sankat Mein (2015), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), Sanju (2018), Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (2018) and Made in China (2019).

  • Full name: Paresh Rawal
  • Profession: Indian actor and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
  • Born: 30 May 1955 (age 64 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.73 m
  • Spouse: Swaroop Sampat
  • Upcoming movies: Hera Pheri 3, Hungama 2, Toofan, Coolie No. 1, Aankh Micholi
  • Children: Aditya Rawal, Aniruddh Rawal
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Dhanush

Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja better known by his stage name Dhanush, is an Indian film actor, producer, director, writer, lyricist, screenwriter and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil cinema.

Starring in 44 films over his career, he has won nine Vijay Awards, seven Filmfare Awards South, five Vikatan Awards, five Edison Awards and three National Film Awards.

Dhanush’s first film was Thulluvadho Ilamai, a 2002 coming-of-age film directed by his father, Kasthuri Raja.

He collaborated with debutant director Vetrimaaran in Polladhavan (2007) which was critically acclaimed and commercially successful.

He collaborated with Vetrimaaran for the second time in Aadukalam (2010), where his role as a rooster fight jockey in the film won him Best Actor at the 58th National Film Awards and Best Tamil Actor Award at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.

Dhanush made his Bollywood debut with Aanand L Rai’s Raanjhanaa (2013). His performance as an obsessive one-sided lover in the film won him the Best Male Debut Award and earned a Best Actor nomination at the 59th Filmfare Awards.

Dhanush produces films through his production company, Wunderbar Films. He made his directorial debut with Pa Paandi (2017).

In 2011, Dhanush’s popular song “Why this Kolaveri Di” from the film 3 (2012) became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube.

His song “Rowdy Baby” from the action comedy film Maari 2 (2018) went viral, becoming one of the most-viewed Indian songs of all time.

As of March 2020, it is the only South Indian video song to receive more than 800 million views on YouTube.

  • Full name: Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthoori Raja
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 28 July 1983 (age 36 years), Theni Allinagaram, India
  • Height: 1.68 m
  • Spouse: Aishwarya R. Dhanush (m. 2004)
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Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is an Indian film director, screenwriter, actor, playback singer, producer, and television host.

Akhtar, after establishing a production company named Excel Entertainment along with Ritesh Sidhwani, made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and received critical acclaim for portraying modern youth.

The film also won a National award. Following it, he made the cult war film Lakshya (2004) and had his Hollywood debut through the soundtrack of Bride and Prejudice (2004), for which he wrote the lyrics.

He went on to make the commercially successful Don (2006). He directed a short film titled Positive (2007), to spread awareness on HIV-AIDS.

  • Full name: Farhan Akhtar
  • Profession: Indian film director, actor
  • Born: 9 January 1974 (age 46 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar (m. 2000–2017)
  • Children: Shakya Akhtar, Akira Akhtar
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John Abraham

John Abraham is an Indian film actor, film producer and former model who appears in Hindi films.

After modelling for numerous advertisements and companies, he made his film debut with Jism, which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination. This was followed by his first commercial success, Dhoom.

  • Full name: John Abraham
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 17 December 1972 (age 47 years), Aluva, India
  • Height: 1.82 m
  • Spouse: Priya Runchal (m. 2014)
  • Upcoming movies: Mumbai Saga, Attack, Hera Pheri 3
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Nana Patekar

Nana Patekar is an Indian film actor and writer, philanthropist and filmmaker, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi cinema.

He is best known for his role in the film Agni Sakshi written by Ranbir Pushp for which he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He also won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Parinda (1989).

He then won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Angaar (1992). In 1995, he won the National Film Award for Best Actor as well as the Filmfare and the Screen awards for Best Actor for his role in Krantiveer (1994).

He also won his second Filmfare Best Villain Award for his role in Apaharan (2005). In 2017 he won the Filmfare Marathi award for best actor for his performance in Natsamrat.

He, along with Irrfan Khan, are the only actor(s) ever to win Filmfare Award for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Villain categories.

He was bestowed with the fourth highest civilian honour of India, the Padma Shri award for his dedication in the field of Films and Arts.

  • Full name: Nana Patekar
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 1 January 1951 (age 69 years), Murud-Janjira Fort, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Neelakanti Patekar (m. 1978)
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Sunny Deol

Ajay Singh Deol, better known as Sunny Deol, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, politician and the current member of parliament from Gurdaspur of Punjab State.

He is known for his work in Hindi cinema and has won two National Film Awards and two Filmfare Awards.

Deol made his debut opposite fellow debutante Amrita Singh in Betaab (1982), for which he received a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.

Subsequently, he went on to star in numerous successful films in the 1980s and 1990s.

With his portrayal of an amateur boxer wrongly accused of his brother’s murder in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ghayal in 1990, Deol gained wide recognition and praise and won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and the National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film).

His portrayal of a lawyer in the film Damini – Lightning (1993) won him the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Anil Sharma’s Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), in which Deol portrayed a lorry driver who falls in love with a Muslim girl, was the highest grossing Bollywood film ever at the time of its release, and garnered him a Filmfare Best Actor Award nomination.

  • Full name: Ajay Singh Deol
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 19 October 1956 (age 63 years), Sahnewal, India
  • Spouse: Pooja Deol (m. 1984)
  • TV shows: The Kapil Sharma Show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, Pakdam Pakdai, India’s Best Dramebaaz
  • Children: Karan Deol, Rajvir Deol
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Manoj Bajpai

Manoj Bajpayee, also credited as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in Hindi cinema and has also done Telugu and Tamil language films.

He is the recipient of two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2019, he was given India’s fourth-highest civilian honor Padma Shri for his contributions to art.

Bajpayee aspired to become an actor since childhood. He relocated to Delhi at the age of seventeen, and applied for the National School of Drama, only to be rejected four times.

He continued to do theatre while studying in college. Bajpayee made his feature film debut with a one-minute role in Drohkaal (1994), and a minor role of a dacoit in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994).

After a few unnoticed roles, he played the gangster Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Varma’s 1998 crime drama Satya, which proved to be a breakthrough.

Bajpayee received the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the film. He then acted in films such as Kaun (1999) and Shool (1999).

For the latter, he won his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Bajpayee further played a prince with two wives in Zubeidaa (2001), a serial killer in Aks (2001) and a hitchhiker-turned-psychopath killer in Road (2002).

  • Full name: Manoj Bajpayee
  • Profession: Indian film actor
  • Born: 23 April 1969 (age 50 years), Belwa, East Champaran
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Spouse: Neha (m. 2006)
  • Upcoming movies: Extraction, Mumbai Saga
  • Awards: Padma Shri and others
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Abhishek Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan is an Indian film actor and film producer known for his work in Bollywood.

Part of the Bachchan family, he is the son of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan.

In addition to his three Filmfare Awards, Bachchan won a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi for producing the comedy-drama Paa (2009).

Since 2007, he has been married to actress Aishwarya Rai, with whom he has a daughter.

  • Full name: Abhishek Bachchan
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 5 February 1976 (age 44 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.86 m
  • Spouse: Aishwarya Rai (m. 2007)
  • Upcoming movies: Hera Pheri 3, The Big Bull, Ludo
  • Children: Aaradhya Bachchan
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Dilip Kumar

Muhammad Yusuf Khan, known professionally as Dilip Kumar, is an actor, producer and philanthropist, who was later elected to India’s parliament.

Popularly known as The Tragedy King and The First Khan, he has been credited with bringing realism to film acting since his first film.

Critics have acclaimed him as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema.

Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies.

In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films.

Kumar is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the heartwarming Babul (1950), the impassioned Deedar (1951), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), social drama Daag (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Yahudi (1958), Madhumati (1958), Kohinoor (1960), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social dacoit crime drama Gunga Jamuna (1961), and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967).

In 1976, Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998).

He has won nine Filmfare Awards and is the first recipient of the Filmfare Best Actor Award (1954). Dilip Kumar had a long relationship with actress Madhubala but never married her. He married actress Saira Bano in 1966.

He and his wife Saira Bano currently live in the Bandra suburb of Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India.

As of 2020, he is the last living male actor from Bollywood’s Golden Age of movies.

  • Full name: Muhammad Yusuf Khan
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 11 December 1922 (age 97 years), Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Full name: Muhammed Yusuf Khan
  • Siblings: Nasir Khan, Aslam Khan, Akhtar Asif, Noor Mohammed, MORE
  • Spouse: Asma Rehman (m. 1981–1983), Saira Banu (m. 1966)
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Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan is an Indian film actor and producer. Khan made his acting debut in Yash Chopra’s drama Parampara, but achieved success with his roles in the romantic drama Yeh Dillagi and the action film Main Khiladi Tu Anari (both 1994).

Khan’s career prospect declined through much of the 1990s, and his biggest commercial success of the decade came with the ensemble drama Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999).

He rose to prominence with roles in two ensemble comedy-dramas—Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).

The 2004 romantic comedy Hum Tum proved to be Khan’s first success in which he played the sole male lead, earning him the National Film Award for Best Actor, and starring roles in the drama Parineeta and the romantic comedy Salaam Namaste (both 2005) established him as a leading actor in Bollywood.

He earned wide critical praise for his portrayal of a manipulative businessman in the 2004 thriller Ek Hasina Thi, an apprentice in the 2006 English film Being Cyrus, a character based on William Shakespeare’s antagonist Iago in the 2006 crime film Omkara, and a terrorist in the 2009 thriller Kurbaan.

Khan’s greatest commercial success came with the 2008 thriller Race and its 2013 sequel, the 2009 romance Love Aaj Kal, and the 2012 romantic comedy Cocktail.

He followed it by starring in a series of films that under-performed at the box office, but received praise in 2018 for playing a troubled policeman in the Netflix thriller series Sacred Games.

Khan is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award and six Filmfare Awards, and received Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award, in 2010.

He has been noted for his performances in a range of film genres—from crime dramas to thrillers and occasional romances—and his film roles have been credited with contributing to a change in the concept of a Hindi film hero.

Khan was married to his first wife, Amrita Singh, for thirteen years, after which he married the actress Kareena Kapoor. He has three children—two with Singh and one with Kapoor.

In addition to film acting, Khan is a frequent television presenter, stage show performer and the owner of the production company Illuminati Films.

  • Full name: Saif Ali Khan
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 16 August 1970 (age 49 years), New Delhi, India
  • Height: 1.7 m
  • Upcoming movies: Dil Bechara, Bunty Aur Babli 2
  • Spouse: Kareena Kapoor Khan (m. 2012), Amrita Singh (m. 1991–2004)
  • Children: Sara Ali Khan, Ibrahim Ali Khan, Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi
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Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan is an Indian actor. One of the country’s highest-paid celebrities, he has featured in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2014.

The first eleven films in which he starred were commercially successful, establishing Dhawan in Hindi cinema.

Born to the film director David Dhawan, he studied business management from the Nottingham Trent University, after which he worked as an assistant director to Karan Johar on the 2010 drama My Name Is Khan.

He made his acting debut in 2012 in Johar’s teen drama Student of the Year.

He rose to prominence with starring roles in the romantic comedies Main Tera Hero (2014), Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (2014), and Badrinath Ki Dulhania (2017); the action comedies Dilwale (2015), Dishoom (2016), and Judwaa 2 (2017); the dance film ABCD 2 (2015); and the drama Sui Dhaaga (2018).

He also received praise for playing an avenger in the crime thriller Badlapur (2015) and an aimless man coping with loss in the drama October (2018).

  • Full name: Varun Dhawan
  • Profession: Indian actor
  • Born: 24 April 1987 (age 32 years), Mumbai, India
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Upcoming movie: Coolie No. 1
  • Education: H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Nottingham Trent University, Bombay Scottish School, Mahim
  • Parents: David Dhawan, Karuna Dhawan