Sporting birthday buddies


Last week was full of news and pictures of the wonderful celebrations of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She is someone you could not fail to admire, no matter what your opinion of the Monarchy – what an incredible job she has done and is still doing as our Queen.

Simon Biagi always likes to amuse me with a random and often totally ‘off the wall’ piece of useless information when we introduce the Morning Show and he certainly surprised me when he told me (and you, if you were watching) that the Queen shares her birthday with AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, or at least, with the date of first publication.

In fact, the actual date the book first appeared was in October of the same year, 1926, but it prompted me to see who also celebrates their birthday on 21st April – it’s an eclectic bunch, including eccentric singer-songwriter Iggy Pop; Oscar winning actor Anthony Quinn, who turned 11 years old on the day Princess Elizabeth was born; and author Charlotte Bronte, who was born exactly 110 years before our longest serving monarch.

There is something that links us with people born on the same date, we feel a connection. One of the better moments of my days sitting on the TVam sofa as presenter of Good Morning Britain in the late 1980s was when I was interviewing actors Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ben Kingsley at the same time. I forget how it came about, but we discovered during the chat that they share New Year’s Eve as their birth date. It was a special moment – they were really chuffed and there was a definite moment of male bonding!

And I must say, I am rather proud of my ‘birth mates’, even if it is just a coincidence. What a great array of sporting greats I share my special day with – listen to this line up…!

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Five-time Olympic rowing champion Sir Steve Redgrave, cyclist Sir Chris Hoy (who has gone one better with six Olympic titles), double Olympic gold medallist athlete Mo Farah, track cyclist and triple Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny, first-ever sub-four minute miler Roger Bannister, pride of Wales boxing champion Joe Calzaghe, and former England cricket captain Mike Atherton… all born on March 23rd!!

Their sporting achievements make my modern pentathlon world title seem almost insignificant but I can’t imagine that there is any other day of the year when so many high achieving sports people were born – I’m glad one of them was me. Thanks Mum!

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Do you share your birthday with anyone special? I’d love to hear…

I’m looking forward to a weekend away celebrating Greek Orthodox Easter in Corfu – I’ll tell you more in my next blog – but I’ll be back next week for my regular slots on Wednesday’s The Morning Show at 9am and Morning Style at 10am (check out the latest show and the styles we featured at, and a fantastic Clarks Shoes show with new summer styles to show you at 10am on Thursday. I hope you can join me.

Until then, take care

Kathy x


  1. Helen Grant May 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, googled who shares a birthday with me on june 9th, I found Johnny Depp and Michael J Fox, not so as impressive as you Kathy 🙂

  2. Patsy May 1, 2016 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, what a fantastic legacy you have, and its true that shared birthdays create a bond, even across generations.My 9 year old daughter was born on the same day the 11th March , as my older sister who died years ago in a MVA aged only 19. And I often feel there may be an angel touch there somewhere, as they are quite similar. We also have other children, and i feel birthdays are as much about celebrating the person who gave birth as the child, so I don’t feel guilty when I treat myself on their special days.Well, that’s my excuse.Look forward to your next show, always lovely to take a pause and watch your show and inevitably buy something. Hope Corfu was amazing. Kind regards, Patsy x

  3. Eileen May 13, 2016 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy l share my birthday with the lovely Lulu 3November, my son shares his with the queen it was a big 40 for him we had a great day with him. You takecare EILEEN X

  4. Anne Lewis May 16, 2016 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    I share my birthday, October 9th, with John Lennon, Duke of Kent and David Cameron. Not sure if this good or not!

  5. Jill May 23, 2016 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy hope you are well, I share my birthday with the fab Andy Murray! He’s a litle bit younger than me but I still think it’s cool!!
    Take gud care of yourself

    Jill X

  6. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill, that’s great! I’ve just watched him win his second round match in the French Open – he made a bit of a meal of it but came good in the end. Let’s hope he does well at Wimbledon!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  7. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    That’s a mixed bunch! Maybe you have different facets of your personality that might match each of those men, but maybe not! It’s fun finding out who we share our birthdays with, but we shouldn’t read too much into it!!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  8. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Eileen, well isn’t Lulu a lucky lady to share her birthday with you! Glad your son had a great 40th, happy birthday to him!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  9. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Patsy.
    I agree about birthdays – I always found myself exhausted after making sure my children had a fabulous time on their special day, so felt I deserved a treat too, even if only a glass of wine!
    My next blog is up now, telling you about Corfu – we had a fabulous time, thanks.
    Take care
    Kathy x

  10. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen
    I don’t know about not impressive – I’d take Johnny Depp as my birthday twin any day!
    Kathy x

  11. Lorna July 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    came across this site I used to watch you on Good Morning Britian all those years ago how old are your children now? I used to work with your brother Andy I used to be the receptionist at the company in Reading in the 90’s .

    take care

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