Birthday Shout! Emma Watson, Leonardo da Vinci, Emma Thompson…

Birthday Shout! Emma Watson, Leonardo da Vinci, Emma Thompson…

Yvonne Williams

We celebrate top celebrities this day April 15

Emma Watson

British actress who rose to fame while playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise. She also earned praise for her leading role in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, receiving an MTV Movie Award, a Teen Choice Award, and a People’s Choice Award. In 2015, it was announced that she would star as Belle in the 2017 feature Beauty and the Beast.

She attended Dragon School in Oxford and Stagecoach Theatre Arts school, where she starred in school plays.

She modeled for Burberry’s Autumn and Winter campaign in 2009.

Her parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, divorced in 1995. While attending Oxford she was in a relationship with Will Adamowicz, they broke up in 2014. She then dated Oxford rugby player Matthew Janney, but the couple split in December 2014.

J.K Rowling based the character Hermione Granger off of a young version of herself.

The 26 year old April 15, 1990.

Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance artist, inventor, polymath, musician, and architect who painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper and drew the iconic Vitruvian Man. He also devised such futuristic technology as tanks, concentrated solar power, and adding machines, and spearheaded some vital breakthroughs in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics.

He became an apprentice of the artist, Andrea di Cione or Verrocchio, at the age of 14, who at the time was known as one of the greatest artists of the age. He was classified a master by the Guild of St. Luke when he was 20.

His sketches of flying machines, while nonfunctional, stand as examples of scientific thought and creativity, making da Vinci the ideal Renaissance Man.

His parents, the peasant Caterina and the notary Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, had him out of wedlock. He was charged with sodomy in 1476, leading to long-held rumors about his sexual orientation.

He and Michelangelo Buonarroti both defined Renaissance art.

Leonardo da Vinci was born April 15, 1452, he died May 2, 1519 (age 67).

Emma Thompson

Longtime actress who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Margaret Schlegel in the 1992 film Howards End. She also won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for her script for the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, which she also starred in. Her other film credits include Dead Again, Much Ado About Nothing, Nanny McPhee, Love Actually and Stranger than Fiction.

She was the first female member of the Newnham College sketch comedy troupe Footlights and went on to become the group’s vice president, co-directing the first all-female revue put on by the troupe, Women’s Hour.

In 2004, she portrayed Professor Sybill Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. She was cast as Mrs. Potts in the 2017 feature Beauty and the Beast.

She was married to Much Ado About Nothing co-star Kenneth Branagh from 1989 to 1995, then married Greg Wise in 2003. She has a son named Tindyebwa and a daughter named Gaia.

She co-starred with Hugh Grant and Kate WInslet in the Ang Lee film Sense and Sensibility.

The 57 year old was born April 15, 1959.

Seth Rogen

Comedy actor known for his roles in such films as Knocked Up, Neighbors and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Writing for the film Superbad, which he also acted in alongside Jonah Hill and Bill Hader.

He started his comedy career at age 12 by attending Mark Pooley’s comedy workshop class.

He initially found success staring in the Judd Apatow TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared.

He married writer Lauren Miller in 2011 after dating her for seven years. He has a sister named Danya.

He starred alongside Steve Carell in the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

The 34 year old was born April 15, 1982.

Cooper Barnes

Well known to Nickelodeon audiences as Captain Man on the hit series Henry Danger, he has guest-starred on numerous other series such as Jessie, Kickin’ It, Cold Case, Suburgatory, and Switched at Birth.

He graduated from Northville High School in 1997. He began his career as an actor in 2001 when he appeared in a film called Digging with Earnest.

He is the founding member of the sketch comedy troupe Frog Island, a recurring sketch player on Conan, and has starred as Deputy Sam Byron in Defending Santa. He voiced two characters in Escape from Planet Earth.

He grew up in a suburban Michigan town, but was born in Sheffield, England.

He stars on Henry Danger alongside Sean Ryan Fox.

The 37 year old was born April 15, 1979

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