Jan. 13th, 1977
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
Orlando Bloom's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - New York, I Love You
2007 - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
2006 - Love and Other Disasters
2005 - Kingdom of Heaven
2005 - Elizabethtown
2004 - Haven
2004 - Troy
2004 - The Calcium Kid
2003 - Ned Kelly
2003 - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2002 - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
2001 - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
2001 - Black Hawk Down
1997 - Wilde
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor.
Bloom had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Ring and in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, including Elizabethtown and Kingdom of Heaven. He appeared in the ensemble films Troy; New York, I Love You; Sympathy for Delicious; and Main Street. Bloom made his professional stage debut in West End's In Celebration at the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, which ended its run on 15 September 2007. On 12 October 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa. But Harry died of a stroke when Orlando was only four years old. After that, Orlando and his older sister, 'Samantha Bloom', were raised by their mother, Sonia, and family friend, Colin Stone. When Orlando was 13, Sonia revealed to him that Colin was actually his biological father. Bloom is named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons.
Orlando attended St. Edmunds School in Canterbury but struggled in many courses because of dyslexia. He did embrace the arts, however, and enjoyed pottery, photography and sculpturing. He also participated in school plays and was active at his local theater. As a teen, Orlando landed his first job: he was a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range. Encouraged by his mother, he and his sister began studying poetry and prose, eventually giving readings at Kent Festival. Orlando and Samantha won many poetry and Bible reciting competitions. Then Orlando, who always idolized larger-than-life characters, gravitated towards serious acting.
At the age of 16, he moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and gaining a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Like many young actors, he also auditioned for a number of television roles to further his career, landing bit parts in British television shows Casualty (1986), Midsomer Murders (1997) and Smack the Pony (1999). He also appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde (1997).
He then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was there, in 1998, that Orlando fell three stories from a rooftop terrace and broke his back. Despite fears that he would be permanently paralyzed, he quickly recovered and returned to the stage. As fate would have it, seated in the audience one night in 1999 was a director named 'Peter Jackson'. After the show, he met with Orlando and asked him to audition for his new set of movies. After graduating from Guildhall, Orlando began work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Bloom has reprise his role as Legolas in The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's three-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Bloom has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in letters of the fictional Tengwar Elvish script, a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. The other actors of "The Fellowship" (Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and Elijah Wood) got the same tattoo with the exception of 'John Rhys-Davies' whose stunt double got the tattoo instead. Bloom also has a tattoo of a sun on his lower, left abdomen, which he got at the age of 15 just before moving to London.
Bloom had an "on-and-off relationship" with American actress 'Kate Bosworth' from 2002 until splitting up in September 2006.
In late 2007, Bloom began dating Australian model Miranda Kerr. They announced their engagement in June 2010, and were married the following month. Kerr gave birth to their son, Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom, in January 2011 in Los Angeles. On October 25, 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had separated several months earlier and intend to end their marriage.
- Amusingly enough, his 2000 guest appearance in the television show, _"Midsomer Murders" (1997)_ (qv) references and discusses 'J.R.R. Tolkien' (qv)'s masterpiece "The Lord of the Rings" (Particularly "Lothlorien"), for which he was eventually cast (_The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv)).
- October 2003 - voted to be on the top 10 list of worst autograph signers by "Autograph Collector" magazine.
- His first car was a dark green VW Golf that costed £160.
- Found his dog, Sidi, while filming _Kingdom of Heaven (2005)_ (qv).
- (2004) Web-site Ananova.com chose him as the sexiest actor in Britain.
- (September 2004) Chosen as the sexiest male movie star by Empire Magazine. Overall he was 3rd; ahead of him were 'Keira Knightley' (qv) (1st) and 'Angelina Jolie' (qv) (2nd).
- (2002) Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's "25 Hottest Stars Under 25."
- Was nominated with the entire _The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_ (qv) cast for "Best Ensemble Acting" at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.