The baby-faced actor's incredible rise from dork to Hollywood heartthrob

Leonardo DiCaprio was born 11 November 1974 in Los Angeles, California.

He was named after artist Leonardo da Vinci.

The only child of German-born Irmelin and George, a comic book artist of Italian and German descent, Leo’s world was shattered when his parents divorced when he was a year old.

He recalls feeling ‘terrified’ as he grew up in seedy districts of LA among prostitutes and drug addicts, while Irmelin took several jobs to support him.