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Today, Mr. Fassbender turns 38 years of age. So, by way of a wee celebration, here is a gallery depicting him looking only lovely. It seemed the most apt way of celebrating him from afar - in the absence of an oversized cake, which one of us would fight to burst out of, assuming we could track down an address to deliver it to. 

Back on April 2nd, 1977, Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, to a German father and an Irish mammy. He moved to Killarney as a toddler where his parents ran a restaurant called West End House.

He first came to public prominence thanks to an appearance in Angel and a role in 300. Back in 2008, he landed the lead in Hunger, before being nominated for an Oscar thanks to his prowess in Shame. The rest, as they say, is history. 

Michael Fassbender reckons he's 'no pin-up.' We feel compelled to prove otherwise