Nicole Kidman turns 42 today and is becoming more and more beautiful with every year that goes by.

Back in 1989 when she had her dead curly Dead Calm hair I wouldn’t have rated her as one of cinema’s top beauties. But today Nicole is undeniably a celluloid stunner.

She’s probably best known for her role as a murderous weather reporter in To Die For, or as a creepy Catholic mother in The Others. Many love her as the sexy siren in Moulin Rouge, and of course who can forget that Oscar-winning nose in The Hours?

Her 11 year marriage to Tom Cruise also brought Kidman into the public eye. They split in 2001 for reasons that were never divulged. Maybe he insisted on re-enacting that famous scene from Risky Business (showing today, click here for more info). Who wouldn’t look at those  Y-fronts and think why oh why?

Anyway, when she and Cruise split in 2001, Nicole finally got to wear heels again and in 2006 got hitched to cute country crooner Keith Urban.

The next Kidman film to hit our screens will be the film adapatation of the Tony-award-winning musical Nine. It co-stars Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Marion Cotillard and is scheduled for release here in the UK in November.

(By the way, we’ll be celebrating another important birthday in a couple of days – Nicole’s friend Meryl Streep turns 60 on Monday, so come back then to join us in marking Meryl’s momentous milestone. In the meantime you can see Meryl on Sky Movies Premiere all week from today in the fabulous Mamma Mia!  It’s showing today at 10am and 8pm)