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While Leap Day may not hold much significance for most of us, it is a crucial day for anyone born on February 29, who technically only has a birthday once every four years.
People born on February 29 have to decide whether to celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1, although it is often joked that leap day babies are technically a quarter of their age.
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to shave a few years off their age to look younger, but leap year babies can jokingly claim they’re doing it legitimately.
So who are the famous faces born on February 29 and what are their ages in leap years versus the actual number of years they have been on this planet?
Rap artist Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, turns 48 today, but his leap year age would be 12.
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American rapper Ja Rule was born on February 29, 1976.
The rap artist, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, turns 48 today, but his leap year age would be 12.
In 2016, Ja Rule made a joke about his age when he turned 40 during the launch of his show in Las Vegas, writing on Instagram at the time: “My @foxtailatsls residency kicked me off (sic) with crazy wit ( sic) on my tenth birthday.” party hahaha.’
It comes after the rap icon revealed yesterday that he was refused entry to the UK due to his criminal record days before the start of his nearly sold-out tour.
Ferran Torres Garcia He was born on February 29, 2000 and is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Barcelona and the Spanish national football team.
The Barcelona forward turns 24 today, but being a leap year baby he has only been able to celebrate his birthday every four years, which technically gives him seven years.
Barcelona forward Ferres Torres turns 24 today, but being a leap year baby he has only been able to celebrate his birthday every four years, which technically gives him seven years.
The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, was born on February 29, 1972 in Madrid.
The economist and politician, who has been President of the Government of Spain since 2018, turned 52 today, but his birth in a leap year means he is also 13 years old.
It comes as Ilia Topuria has been promised Spanish citizenship after meeting the nation’s Prime Minister on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, the 27-year-old became the first Spanish champion in UFC history after his stunning KO victory over Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298.
The economist and politician, President of the Government since 2018, turned 52 today, but his birth in a leap year means that he is also 13 years old.
Sir Lucian Grainge
Mister Lucian Charles Grainge CBE was born on 29 February 1960 in north London.
He is a British record executive and music entrepreneur who has served as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group since 2010.
Sir Lucian celebrates his 64th birthday today, but being born in a leap year means he has celebrated his 16th birthday.
Some of the world’s most successful and popular artists are currently signed to Universal Music Group, including: Taylor Swift, Adele, Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, U2 and The Weeknd.
(L-R) Ice Spice and Sir Lucian Grainge attend Sir Lucian Grainge’s 2023 Artist Showcase, at Milk Studios Los Angeles on February 4, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Yeahdney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland CBE was born on 29 February 1928 in North Kensington, London.
Ackland was an accomplished English actor who appeared in more than 130 film, radio and television roles, including The Mighty Ducks and The Apple.
He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing Jock Delves Broughton in White Mischief.
Ackland passed away at the age of 95 in November 2023, but would have turned 96 if he were still alive today; This would be equivalent to 24 years at the leap year age.
Joss Ackland passed away at age 95 in November 2023, but he would have turned 96 if he were still alive today; this would be equivalent to 24 years in the leap year.
AmAmerican actor Peter Muller Scanavino was born on February 29, 1980 in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Scanavino currently stars as ADA Dominick ‘Sonny’ Carisi Jr. on NBC’s long-running crime and legal drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Today he turns 44 years old, but being a leap year baby, he also celebrates his 11th birthday.
Peter Scanavino and Mariska Hargitay are seen on the set of the filming of the television series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ on February 21, 2024 in New York City.
Tony Robbins – full name Anthony Jay Robbins – is an American author, coach and motivational speaker who was born on February 29, 1960 in California, USA.
He is known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books, including the books Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power.
Along with Sir Lucian Grainge, Robbins turns 64 today, but being born in a leap year means he will also turn 16.
Tony Robbins is known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books, including the books Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power.
AmAmerican actor Alex Rocco was born on February 29, 1936, in Massachusetts, USA.
Known for his distinctive, raspy voice, he was often cast as a villain, including Moe Greene in the Hollywood classic The Godfather, as well as his Primetime Emmy Award-winning role in The Famous Teddy Z.
Rocco passed away in July 2015, at the age of 79, but if he were alive today he would be 85 years old or, in leap years, 21.
Alex Rocco passed away in July 2015, at the age of 79, but if he were alive today he would be 85 years old or, in leap year age, 21.
AmAmerican musician Mark Foster was born on February 29, 1984 in California, USA.
The singer-songwriter, married to actress Julia Garner and leader of the indie pop band Foster the People, turns 40 today (or, in leap years, 10 years).
Singer-songwriter Mark Foster, pictured with his wife and actress Julia Garner, turns 40 today, or, in leap years, 10 years.
Dinah Shore was born on February 29, 1916 and died in 1994, at the age of 77; If she were still alive today, she would be 107 years old, or just over 26 years old in leap years.
Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, and television personality, and the chart-topping female vocalist of the 1940s. She rose to fame as a recording artist during the Big Band era.
Shore was born on February 29, 1916 and died in 1994, at the age of 77; If she were still alive today, she would be 107 years old, or just over 26 years old in leap years.