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Jude Law celebrates turning 42

December 29, 2014
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Happy birthday, Jude Law! As the British actor celebrates turning 42, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Jude and you… This is what Jude who is a Capricorn, can be expecting today: Many feel that the universe is unfair and that time ought to be rearranged, so as to provide us all with an additional week or so to make our preparations for this sometimes stressful season. But at least now you know what someone really wanted - and what might, in retrospect, have been a smarter holiday plan. And that knowledge is really neither too little nor too late. Here is your chance to create a week in which magic becomes an expression of the heart and not just of the calendar.

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Born David Jude Law on December 29, 1972, in Lewisham, South London, to schoolteachers Peter and Maggie, his unusual middle name - which was cause for bullying at school - was taken from Thomas Hardy's novel Jude The Obscure.But obscurity was certainly not to be Jude's destiny. His passion and talent for drama emerged at a young age and was indulged at every opportunity. When he was 17, the offer of a full-time role on British soap Families was enough to make him pack in his A-level studies. The show may have been a flop, but it didn't stop Jude grabbing the attention of casting directors everywhere.

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Although his early films didn't break any box office records, Jude's performances, charismatic presence and classical good looks ensured the actor became firmly embedded in the public memory. On the set of his first film, the unremarkable 1994 British work Shopping, he met Sadie Frost, the actress who was to become his wife.His role as Lord Alfred Douglas in the 1997 Stephen Fry vehicle Wilde, earned him plaudits, but it was the year 2000 which was to prove especially memorable for Jude.

His role as the wealthy but doomed playboy Dickie Greenleaf alongside Matt Damon in The Talented Mr Ripley earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, and in October of the same year his daughter Iris was born. He would have a banner year again in 2004, after receiving a best actor nomination for Cold Mountain.

In 2009 Jude returned to the stage to portray the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the play later moved to Broadway, where Jude was nominated for a Tony award.

Also in 2009 Jude partnered with Robert Downey Jr for Guy Ritchie's incredibly successful adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, and the pair reunited again in 2011 for its sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

He and Sadie parted ways in 2003, with Jude sharing custody of daughter Iris and their two sons Rudy (born in 2002) and Rafferty (born in 1996). These days he lives in north London, just a few streets away from the family. He became engaged to his beautiful Alfie co star Sienna Miller on Christmas Day, 2004, and the pair enjoyed a roller-coaster romance until finally going their separate ways in November 2006.

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Jude welcomed a fourth child in 2009, and in 2014 Jude announced that he and ex-partner Catherine Harding are expecting a baby. "I can confirm that Jude Law and Catherine Harding are expecting a child together in the spring", read a statement which was released by Jude's representative.

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