Bradley Cooper celebrates turning 40

Happy birthday, Bradley Cooper! As the star of Silver Linings Playbook and The Hangover celebrates turning 40, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Bradley and you…

This is what Bradley who is a Capricorn, can be expecting today:

How long has the world been full of outrageous injustice? Can we blame the latest government or the people who were in charge before that? Or might we find, if we were to scour the history books that there has never been a time when things were any different? If it is true, it may mean that no other precedent has ever been set. We may never be able to make the world a better place because none of us know how. Don't give up on this week's quest for improvement but approach it a little more philosophically.

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"It's not like I sit back with a cigar on Monday morning and go through the scripts that have been offered – no, that's not the case," said Bradley Cooper, in response to comments that The Hangover made him a huge success. But the truth is the 2009 stag night-gone-wrong flick was a gamechanger.

He managed to lose a bridegroom, gain a baby and down record quantities of cocktails with a goofy charm that made men admire his style and women swoon. Never had a night of high jinks in Vegas been so profitable.

Born on January 5, 1975, the second of two children to stockbroker Charles Cooper and his wife, Bradley grew up in Pennsylvania. He was educated at Washington's Georgetown University, followed by the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School, and his first roles came in small screen fare such as Sex and the City, Alias, Nip/Tuck and Kitchen Confidential.

In recent years, the 40-year-old has become one half of Hollywood' favourite on-screen couple, working closely with Hollywood It Girl Jennifer Lawrence in the critically acclaimed off-beat comedy Silver Linings Playbook, for which he received an Oscar nomination, and it was Jennifer's recommendation that led to them working together on depression-era drama Serena, their second film together.

Crime drama American Hustle, which also generated Oscar buzz and earned the screen pin up his second Academy Award nomination, saw the pair together for the third time in as many years.

In 2011 Bradley was named the Sexiest Man Alive, according to a leading US publication, and voters of the title were no doubt influenced by his cooking abilities (he learnt to make handmade pasta from his grandma) and his language skills (he spent six months in France and was able to conduct interviews for The Hangover in French).

As befits a man of that title he has squired many of Hollywood's most intriguing ladies. A marriage to actress Jennifer Esposito ended after one year. Bradley has also dated Renee Zellweger and Zoe Saldana.

In 2013, he began stepping out with Suki Waterhouse, a British model 17 years his junior.

While everyone is fascinated by his love life, the heart throb laughs off his sex symbol status. He regularly asks his mother Gloria to be his plus one to big awards ceremonies and even invited her to move in with him after the death of his father, telling interviewers: "I love having her. I wouldn't have it any other way."