Celebrity birthdays 12 April: Saoirse Ronan, Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes

A big happy birthday to these three talented actresses!

It's nearly Friday, but the weekend will have started early for everyone celebrating their birthday on Thursday 12 April. Famous faces who will be doing just that include Lady Bird star Saoirse Ronan, 90210 actress Shannen Doherty and four-times Golden Globe winner, Claire Danes. As we take a look at what they have been up to in the past year, we wish these three talented women many happy returns, however they choose to mark their special days.

Saoirse Ronan turns 24

It's been an incredible 12 months for Saoirse Ronan following the successful release of comedy-drama Lady Bird, in which she played the lead role of feisty teenager Christine "Lady Bird" McPhearson. This saw her pick up a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA. With eight months of the year still left to go, we just can't wait to see what's in store for Saoirse next!

Shannen Doherty turns 47

Shannen Doherty's past year has luckily been far more positive than the previous few. Having been told that she had won her breast cancer battle in April 2017, following the devastating diagnosis in August 2015, the star continues to undergo monitoring, and recently reassured fans that she is "still in remission" despite a momentary scare with an "elevated" result from one of her tumour marker tests. She later clarified in a video posted on her Instagram that she had spoken to her doctor, and that her scan results were "still all clear".

Claire Danes turns 39

Claire Danes has once again been gracing the TV screens this year, continuing to play Carrie Mathison in the hit American show Homeland. After wrapping up the filming of season seven at the end of March, the star took to Instagram to share a picture of a firework display, joking that now the cast and crew could finally take a nap. The star will no doubt be marking her birthday with husband Hugh Dancy and son Cyrus, whom she lives with in New York's West Village.