These Celebrities Are Hitting the Half-Century Mark in 2024 — They'll Be Nifty at 50!

Jennifer Tisdale - Author

Jan. 3 2024, Published 1:08 p.m. ET

Victoria Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Alanis Morrisette
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(L-R): Victoria Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Alanis Morrisette

Most people are not particularly fond of aging and that goes triple for anyone in the public eye. It's not fun being scrutinized by the world as you hope that the "offensive" act of continuing to live doesn't mean you'll age out of all the decent jobs. Personally I think aging is something we should strive for because the opposite is of course no longer being around.

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With that in mind, let's take a look at the lucky celebrities that are turning 50 in 2024. Everyone looks great.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss attends The Fashion Awards 2023 presented by Pandora at the Royal Albert Hall on December 04, 2023
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Birthday: Jan. 16, 1974

Instagram: @katemossagency

Kate Moss is a '90s icon who sadly helped coin the phrase "heroin chic" based on her slight frame and party ways. Thankfully those days are long behind her as she is now the head of her own talent agency: Kate Moss Agency.

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Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman arrives at the "Wonka" World Premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on November 28, 2023
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Birthday: Jan. 30, 1974

Instagram: No social media for this queen

In recent years, actor Olivia Colman made waves as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Before that, this British bombshell has done everything from whodunits to Dr. Who.

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Christian Bale

Christian Bale attends the Premiere Of FOX's "Ford V Ferrari" at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 04, 2019 in Hollywood
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Birthday: Jan. 30, 1974

Instagram: Surely you jest

This bona fide American Psycho actor has gone from Bateman to Batman and everything in between. Real ones will remember Christian Bale as a dancing, singing newsboy in Newsies, or the heartbroken Laurie in 1994's Little Women.

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Seth Green

Seth Green attends the Toho Co. Premiere Of "GODZILLA MINUS ONE" at DGA Theater Complex on November 10, 2023 in Los Angeles
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Birthday: Feb. 8, 1974

Instagram: @sethgreen

Seth Green has been acting since he was a kid with bit roles in movies like My Stepmother Is an Alien and Big Business. Clearly his finest role was as the tortured werewolf Oz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer though few can forget his turn as the tortured virgin in Can't Hardly Wait.

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Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks attends the 3rd Annual Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 03, 2023 in Los Angeles,
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Birthday: Feb. 10, 1974

Instagram: @elizabethbanks

Who could have predicted that Elizabeth Banks could go from having a Wet Hot American Summer to a Pitch Perfect career. Throw in a little Cocaine Bear and you've got yourself a talented actor, producer, and director.

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Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali attends Deadline's The Contenders Film at DGA Theater
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Birthday: Feb. 16, 1974

Instagram: @mahershalaali

It cannot be stated enough, actor Mahershala Ali has such incredible range. It's no wonder he has a Wikipedia page devoted to his awards which include but are not limited to two Academy Awards for his turn in Moonlight and Green Book. He's a stunning force.

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Eva Mendes

 Eva Mendes attends Eva Mendes for New York & Company Fall Holiday 2018 Fashion Show at The Palace Theatre on September 13, 2018 in Los Angeles,
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Birthday: March 5, 1974

Instagram: @evamendes

Eva Mendes is so good at both comedy and drama, which is a rare talent in the world of acting. Like many in her field, she got her start in horror movies like Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror but she can be fierce and funny as well. Hello, Hitch! And while many may think of her as Mrs. Ryan Gosling, the only family I'm interested in is the Fast and Furious fam.

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Randall Park

Randall Park attends the Critics Choice Association's Celebration of Cinema & Television: Honoring Black, Latino and AAPI Achievements
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Birthday: March 23, 1974

Instagram: None

Randall Park was introduced to a wider audience in Fresh off the Boat, a groundbreaking sitcom that invited the world to look at the Asian community in a different way. In an Instagram post from his since-deactivated account, Randall said that show was "hilarious and full of heart." That's a fact.

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Alyson Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan visits SiriusXM Studios on January 30, 2020 in New York City
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Birthday: March 24, 1974

Instagram: @alysonhannigan

Fun fact: Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green were in both My Stepmother Is an Alien and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Alyson would go on to make more television history in the popular comedy How I Met Your Mother. In 2023 she took a twirl on Dancing With the Stars where she absolutely slayed.

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Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is seen at the 'Today' Show on October 13, 2022 in New York City
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Birthday: April 17, 1974

Instagram: @victoriabeckham

From Posh Spice to David Beckham's wife, Victoria Beckham has been on the ball in way or another. Also, in the Netflix documentary Beckham we learned that Posh and Becks survive mostly on delightful teasing. They are relationship goals.

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Penélope Cruz

 Penélope Cruz attends the premiere of Neon's "Ferrari" at Directors Guild Of America on December 12, 2023 in Los Angeles
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Birthday: April 28, 1974

Instagram: @penelopecruzoficial

Like a ferrari from the movie Ferrari, which stars Penélope Cruz alongside Adam Driver, Penélope has never gone out of style.The Spanish actor has been nominated for several awards and won the Academy Award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Plus, she's the only Spanish actor to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Fairuza Balk

Fairuza Balk during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios
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Birthday: May 21, 1974

Instagram: @fairuza

People of a certain age will have fond yet vaguely terrifying memories of Fairuza Balk's time as Dorothy in Return to Oz. Remember the case of decapitated heads? Real '90s kids have a soft spot for her as Nancy in The Craft. However, Fairuza also has a funny bone as noted by her memorable appearance in Adam Sandler's The Waterboy. It's called range, babe.

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Singer-songwriter Jewel performs on the Main Stage during the first day of The Wellness Experience by Kroger
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Birthday: May 23, 1974

Instagram: @jewel

The '90s were a wonderful time for female singers, and Jewel stood out as one of the most interesting. Her first album, Pieces of You, was on heavy rotation in the bedrooms of teen girls the world over. Since then she has released over 20 more albums and has appeared on the large and small screen and published a couple of books.

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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morisette performs during Boston Calling Music Festival at Harvard Athletic Complex on May 27, 2023
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Birthday: June 1, 1974

Instagram: @alanis

Alanis Morissette was the gritty, righteous anger side of the '90s music coin which contained a softer Jewel when flipped over. The Jagged Little Pill album was a call to arms for young women who were tired of being handled with anything but care. Eventually this album was made into a Broadway musical which has reached a new generation of women who won't put up with any s--t.

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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls attends the World Premiere of "Explorer" at BFI Southbank on July 04, 2022 in London
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Birthday: June 7, 1974

Instagram: @beargrylls

Bear Gryllis is a former military current survival expert turned television presenter. This man puts the devil into daredevil and if we needed to be stranded on any island with one person, it would be Bear.

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Donald Faison

 Actor Donald Faison visits the Build Series to discuss the ABC series "Emergence" at Build Studio
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Birthday: June 22, 1974

Instagram: @donald_aison

There is nothing Clueless about Donald Faison, whose character Murray in the hit teen film taught kids that it's not OK to shave your head at a party. This is also the one time we do want a Scrubs, but only when it's Donald with his co-worker/best friend Zach Braff. In fact, if you're missing that dynamic duo, check out the podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald.

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Hannah Waddingham

Hannah Waddingham poses at the opening night of "Purlie Victorious" at The Music Box Theatre on September 27, 2023 in New York City
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Birthday: July 28, 1974

Instagram: @hannah_waddingham

Americans might have discovered Hannah Waddingham as the tough but sensitive boss in the hilariously heartwarming Ted Lasso, but this British actor-singer has been on the U.K. scene for years. Thankfully she has been catapulted into another level of stardom which is why we'll be hearing Hannah in 2024's Garfield movie and seeing her in the next installment of Mission Impossible.

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Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank attends the Opening Gala of the Red Sea International Film Festival on December 06, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Birthday: July 30, 1974

Instagram: @hilaryswank

Hilary Swank won Oscars for two wildly different roles in movies whose protagonists are forced to summon their strength from some untapped emotional well. She was breathtaking in Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby but Hilary can also deliver those laughs. One need only look at her small but pivotal role in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie to see that.

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Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon attends the "The Last Night of Amore" Premiere during the 2023 Tribeca Festivalat AMC 19th Street on June 10, 2023 in New York City
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Birthday: Aug. 7, 1974

Instagram: He would never

Michael Shannon is an actor's actor and while there is so much to pull from when it comes to his work, let's take a look at one of his more polarizing movies. In the film Bug, he plays a paranoid man who believes the military has planted a bug somewhere on his body. Holed up in a rundown hotel, he covers every surface with aluminum foil and even pulls out his teeth in one deeply upsetting scene. You're welcome!

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Amy Adams

Amy Adams attends Disney's "Disenchanted" Premiere at El Capitan Theatre on November 16, 2022 in Los Angeles
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Birthday: Aug. 20, 1974

Instagram: @amyadams

Amy Adams is a bona fide Disney-style princess who has also dipped her toes in Buffy television universe. Don't let her warmth fool you, because she can play a tortured soul with the best of them. Just ask HBO's Sharp Objects. Watch if you're into generational trauma, and who isn't?

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Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe attends the opening night world premiere of "Miranda's Victim" during the 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival
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Birthday: Sept. 10, 1974

Instagram: @ryanphillippe

We certainly know what Ryan Phillippe is doing this summer, technically, and that's turning 50! Hopefully he won't have any Cruel Intentions, just good vibes only.

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon attends the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards
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Birthday: Sept. 19, 1974

Instagram: @jimmyfallon

There are two things to remember about Jimmy Fallon: He always used to break during SNL sketches and he can't stay away from a musical game. Actually there is one more thing, he fostered a toxic work environment but maybe getting older will make him wiser.

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Carrie Brownstein

Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney performs on stage during Riot Fest 2022 at Douglass Park on September 18, 2022 in Chicago
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Birthday: Sept. 27, 1974

Instagram: @carrie_rachel

From punk to Portlandia, who says women can't do it all? Carrie Brownstein is one third of Sleater-Kinney and one half of Portlandia. Music and comedy often go hand-in-hand and in Carrie's case, this was literal.

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Matthew Macfadyen

 Matthew Macfadyen attends the HBO's "Succession" Season 3 Premiere at American Museum of Natural History
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Birthday: Oct. 17, 1974

Instagram: Tom wouldn't dare

We assume Matthew Macfadyen will be celebrating his fiftieth birthday the same way his Succession character might: sucking up to various members of the Roy family.

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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix attends the "Napoleon" premiere at the El Prado Museum on November 20, 2023 in Madrid
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Birthday: Oct. 28, 1974

Instagram: The Joker stays off the grid

Joaquin Phoenix is turning 50 in 2024? Is this a Joker? But seriously, it's hard to believe the guy who played the misunderstood son in Parenthood, the lovesick teen murderer in To Die For, and of course the obsessed-with-stair-dancing Joker in Joker has been dazzling fans for half a century. Is this our Joker origin story?

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 2023 Academy Museum Gala at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on December 03, 2023 in Los Angeles
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Birthday: Nov. 11, 1974]

Instagram: @leonardodicaprio

Wanna feel old? Leonardi DiCaprio is turning 50 in 2024 but don't worry, his girlfriends stay the same age: 25. Thankfully he balances that weirdness out by being a fierce advocate for the environment.

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Chloë Sevigny

Chloe Sevigny attends the H&M Mugler launch at 894 Lexington on April 19, 2023 in New York City
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Birthday: Nov. 18, 1974

Instagram: @chloessevigny

If one were to google "cool," Chloë Sevigny would definitely come up. She has always been a bit of an indie darling, even as a kid in Kids. She is the kind of actor who always strives to make interesting choices and if you see her name on the screen, things are probably going to get weird in a good way.

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Damien Echols

Artist Damien Echols attends Damien Echols' "Moving Forward; Looking Back" Art Exhibition Opening Reception at Sacred Gallery NYC on January 5, 2013
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Birthday: Dec. 11, 1974

Instagram: @damienechols

If the name Damien Echols sounds familiar, perhaps you're more familiar with the West Memphis Three. Damien was one of three boys sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. He was released on an Alford plea in 2011 but is still working tirelessly to clear his name.

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Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson attends the Fendi Couture fashion show on January 26, 2023 in Paris
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Birthday: Dec. 17, 1974

Instagram: @mssarahcatharinepaulson

Sarah Paulson may be the queen of American Horror Story but for our money, she was particularly amazing as Marcia Clark in The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. The wig work alone is worth the price of admission.

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