Celebrating December Celebrity Birthdays

December is certainly a month for celebrations with all the holidays, and birthdays. Join us as we celebrate the lives and work of some of our favorite celebrities who have birthdays this month!

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Bette Midler- Dec 1.

My favorite movie of Bette Midler is Hocus Pocus, seeing her as the sarcastic and humor witch Winifred Sanderson is genuinely magical. Midler is a chameleon and can portray a wide variety of roles, but it is her comedic musical roles that I look forward to the most.- Sarah

Andy Grammer-Dec. 3
Andy Grammer is a musician. I was able to see him when he toured with Train in 2016. At the time I had only somewhat known about him but while he was playing his set list I recognized a decent number of his songs. Grammer has had multiple hits such as “Fine By Me,” “Fresh Eyes,” and “Honey, I’m Good.” Over the summer he started a podcast, called “The Good Parts,” which is also the name of his most recent album.-Sam

Ian Somerhalder- Dec. 8
Ian Somerhalder has come a long way since 2004 when he got his breakthrough role playing Boone Carlyle in Lost. Most people know him as the arrogantly cocky older brother, Damon Salvatore, in The Vampire Diaries. I recently binged all eight seasons of TVD and I have to admit, Damon is by far my favorite character. In many ways, he is a lot like Dean Winchester, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, especially where his younger brother is concerned. I’m excited for his next project, V-Wars, a new Netflix vampire drama set to debut next year.-Deb

Judi Dench- Dec. 9 
Dame Judi Dench has played many of my favorite female British characters. She always manages to make every role memorable, whether it be as M in the modern era of James Bond films, as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love, or as Philomena in Philomena. The character I love most, however, is Evelyn, one of the group of retirees who travel to India in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Evelyn proves that age is indeed just a number as she overhauls her life and finds new purpose, and even new love, in the most unexpected place.-Em

Kenneth Branagh- Dec. 10 
Besides delivering the best portrayal of Gilderoy Lockhart one could possibly imagine, Kenneth Branagh has played multiple iconic roles on and off stage. He’s not only an Academy Award-nominated actor, he has also worked as a director on prestigious projects like the first two Thor films and most recently the re-adaptation of Murder On The Orient Express, in which he also starred. My favorite project besides the Thor films is definitely his work as a director for Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale for his own theater company starring Judi Dench.-Conny

Regina Hall- Dec.12
Remember hilariously loud movie-goer Brenda from the Scary Movie franchise? That’s Regina Hall, one of my favorite actresses. I’ve followed her work since that movie and loved watching her on Ally McBeal, Law & Order, and Blackish. Hall made history last month when she became the first Black woman in the New York Film Critics Circle’s 83-year history to win Best Actress, for her work in Support The Girls.-Margaret

Dick Van Dyke- Dec. 13
Dick Van Dyke is well known and loved for his role as Bert in Mary Poppins but it was his role as Dr. Mark Sloan on the television series Diagnosis Murder that really cemented me as a fan. Along with his detective son Steve and his fellow doctors Amanda and Jesse, Dr. Sloan assisted the Los Angeles police in solving murder cases every week. When it comes to his movie roles my favorite would have to be Edgar Hopper in the film What a Way to Go! where he plays the doomed first husband of Shirley MacLaine’s Louisa May Foster. No matter what role he plays, however, Van Dyke always brings a charming presence to the screen.-Em

Taylor Swift- Dec. 13
Taylor Swift has a great discography, ranging from her early country days to her new pop sound. My favorite album of hers is ‘1989’. The lyrics are the best she’s ever had, and the music is new, fresh. By far my favorite song on the album is ‘Style’. Swift’s voice is classic and timeless and I can’t wait to see where her career leads her.-Finn

Jackson Rathbone- Dec. 14
Twilight was one of the first things I saw Jackson in and probably one of my first fandoms. Jasper was always one of my favorite vampires in the Twilight saga, and Jackson did such a great job of bringing him to life.-Kayla

Theo James-Dec. 16
Theo James has graced our screens in many amazing roles over the course of his career. From a small part on Downton Abbey to his recurring role in the Underworld series as David, audiences have watched Theo’s career soar. One of his best-known lead roles has been Tobias Eaton, known as Four, in the post apocalyptic film adaptations of the Divergent book series. In addition to his success as an actor, fans may not know that Theo is also a talented musician! There is no denying his talent and we cannot wait to see what projects lay in Theo’s future.-Brianna

Krysten Ritter-Dec. 16
Krysten Ritter has been in some wonderful shows and movies, but one of her biggest roles is playing Jessica Jones on Netflix. Not your average hero, Jessica is a private investigator with superhuman strength, and real flaws people can relate to. Krysten is also an avid knitter and has been working with We Are Knitters as a celebrity designer, creating patterns for knitting kits that are delivered to your home.-Melanie

Alyssa Milano-Dec. 19
I greatly admire Alyssa Milano’s activism involvements, when she is speaking up about voting, animal rights, the Me-Too movement or any cause she believes in, she does it with such passion and knowledge. Milano uses her position and platform to bring awareness and fight for bettering the world. -Sarah

Samuel L. Jackson -Dec. 21
Samuel L. Jackson is a prolific actor. It is hard to pick just one movie of his to talk about, but the one that comes to mind immediately is Pulp Fiction. It was the first movie I can remember seeing him in, and it’s a classic. His performance is bombastic and just over-the-top enough. He is one of the best actors working today.-Finn

CCH Pounder -Dec. 25
I first noticed CCH Pounder in If These Walls Could Talk and was immediately drawn to her strong presence on screen. I’ve loved watching her on ER, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and various NCIS iterations. She helped found Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit that combats the African AIDS pandemic and fights to advance democracy and equality in South Africa.-Margaret

Stan Lee -Dec.28

We sadly lost Stan last month, but his impact on so many will never be lost. From his cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the comic book characters he created. I have Stan to thank for so many of my favorite comic book characters and heroes that I’ve grown up with and continue to love.-Kayla

Seth Meyers -Dec.28
I first saw Seth Meyers on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update. At the time he was one of the writers for SNL, eventually becoming the head writer. Currently hosting Late Night, he’s witty, funny and pointed, talking about current events in a humorous way. His comedic style makes the news a little easier to stomach during these times.-Kari

Anthony Hopkins -Dec.31
Anthony Hopkins is perhaps most well known for his role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and the accompanying sequels, but perhaps my favorite role of his was Ted Crawford from the 2007 film Fracture alongside Ryan Gosling. He gave a stellar performance in the role, playing the part of a man who killed his wife and used his quick wit and charismatic personality to seemingly get away with the murder. In addition to his enigmatic and casual acting style, Hopkins is also a composer, painter, and philanthropist. He’s been nominated for 111 acting awards with 51 wins, and he was knighted in 1993 for his extraordinary service to the arts.- Sydney

Alyssa Milano born December 19, 1972 in Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (2017)

Kayla

Kayla has been with Nerds and Beyond since 2016 when she decided to combine her love of fandoms and writing. She enjoys all things Marvel, gaming, reading, traveling, going to conventions and concerts. When not writing, she can usually be found in front of the TV enjoying her favorite shows and trying to make a dent in her every growing 'to watch list', behind a camera lens, or on Twitter yelling about her love for Bucky Barnes.

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