Claire Danes

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How hot is Claire Danes right now? Actually, come to think of it, when has she ever not been hot?

The Yale-educated star of screens both big and small burst onto the scene as a teenager in My So-Called Life (we dyed our hair red long before we ever considered getting "the Rachel") and won a Golden Globe for her first (and, sadly, her only) triumphant season playing Angela Chase.

But that was only the beginning for the actress, who—where did the time go—turns 33 today!

Danes has since won an Emmy, a SAG Award and two more Golden Globes, her most recent win coming for the critically adored Showtime drama Homeland, for which Danes traded her usual grace and beauty for paranoia and flinty intelligence (although she's still beautiful) to play a troubled CIA agent.

And though TV has proved to be the best outlet for Danes' considerable talent so far, the movies have worked out pretty well for her, too: She married Evening costar Hugh Dancy in 2009.

We wish her a very happy birthday!

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