From Game of Thrones to Gandhi: Famous October Birthdays

The fall season brings with it a lot of hype as Halloween approaches and seasonal pumpkin products that haven’t yet hit the shelves by September are released the following month in October.

But October doesn’t just bring with it All Hallows’ Eve and pumpkin spice lattes. October is also the birth month of many of our idols—celebrities and other influential figures throughout history alike.

On the very first day of October, our Queen of Genovia and Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews, starts off the month with a royal flourish. With an array of talents and a timeless charm, don’t forget to think of our fair lady as the date approaches. Such an occasion might just call for a Julie Andrews movie marathon, though with such a collection of amazing movies to choose from, you may have to schedule time beforehand just to prioritise which ones can’t be missed!

Towards the end of the month, just two days apart are the birthdays of two Game of Thrones co-stars, Emilia Clarke and Gwendoline Christie. Though not quite twins, even if they had been epically born on the same day of the month, the coincidence of it must make any days on set at the end of October a fun time. Emilia Clarke, who plays the silver-haired mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, has her birthday on the 26th of October. Although Clarke found her break-out role in Game of Thrones, if you aren’t a fan of the show, you may also have seen her in some of her other recent roles, including her leading lady role in the romantic drama, Me Before You, as the quirky Louisa Clark.

Gwendoline Christie, known to Game of Thrones fans as Lady Brienne of Tarth, has her birthday just two days later than Clarke’s on the 28th. Her character’s bold and determined nature as a woman who will not accept anyone telling her she can’t do something just as good or better than any man has made her a favourite on the show. She has also appealed to a wider range of nerds since her role in the most recent Star Wars film as Captain Phasma. So if you’ve got time during your final days of Halloween prep, raise a glass to the wonderful actress as we hit that near-end October mark on the 28th.

And although we love our admirable celebrity icons, we can’t forget the October birthdays of our other notable figures either. Mahatma Gandhi, for instance, was born the 2nd of October in 1869. Gandhi popularised the modern nonviolent resistance movement by displaying his philosophy of nonviolence by challenging hierarchies built on racism and discrimination. Though assassinated in 1948, even today the name Mahatma Gandhi is widely is recognised, especially as current events and relevant issues of today prompt people to take a look back at historical examples of resistance and protest.

If you want to calculate just how long until each of these October birthdays are to grace your calendar, feel free to check it out!

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