Elizabeth Hurley celebrates turning 50

Happy birthday, Elizabeth Hurley! As the model and actress turns 50, HELLO! Online take a look at what the stars have in store for Elizabeth and you...

If it is all going to be okay, why isn't it okay now? And if it is okay, why can't we see it that way? Perhaps we are unable to relax and enjoy the present because we are so wound up and worried about the future. But then, what does that suggest about the future itself? Presumably, we will stay true to form and spend that time being just as worried about some other possible development in the even further future! For that reason, that reason only, a current concern is justified. Why not just seize your power to render it false!

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Elizabeth Hurley in 2015

English model and actress Elizabeth Hurley first came into the public consciousness in 1994 when she accompanied her then-boyfriend Hugh Grant to the premiere of Four Weddings and A Funeral in a plunging black dress by Versace which was held together by safety pins.

The dress gained her instant media attention and the struggling actress was thrust into the spotlight. Despite her lack of modelling experience, in 1995 Elizabeth was named as the new spokesperson for Estee Lauder and said later of the experience: "I was far from an ingénue, having had my first modelling job at 29."

Elizabeth went on to feature in many adverts for the brand, as well as participating in campaigns for the company's other cosmetics, and as part of her extensive charity work, the 50-year-old has also been extremely active in Estée Lauder's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

She is also a patron of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and an ambassador for the Hop Skip and Jump children's charity.

As an actress, Elizabeth gained her biggest role to date in the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and in 2011 joined the hit American show Gossip Girl for a multi-episode arc.

In 2014, Elizabeth joined the new E! scripted TV show The Royals, which revolves round a fictional British Royal Family and is set in modern London.

In April 2002, Elizabeth welcomed her son, Damien Hurley, and now, as she celebrates her 50th birthday, the actress tells HELLO! magazine that she plans to mark her special day with several small separate celebrations with her family and friends.

"I chose not to have a big party but several big lunches and dinners so I really get to see everyone I adore," she said.

The celebrations have already begun, with Elizabeth being joined by her "oldest friends and family" to kick-start her milestone celebrations at her home on Sunday.

The actress documented the gathering on her Instagram account by sharing a picture of her birthday cake – a regal looking crown that was truly fitting for the fictional Queen Helena of England.

"Wonderful day with my oldest friends and family chez moi. All hail my fabulous cake xxx," Elizabeth captioned the photo, before later sharing the same photo with her 489,000 Twitter followers, writing: "A perfect English day with old friends and the best pre birthday cake ever."

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