Jan. 13th, 1977
Canterbury, Kent, England, UK
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Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born January 13, 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 September 15, 2007. On October 12, 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Born in Canterbury, Kent, England. 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 Bloom was 13, Sonia revealed to him that Colin was actually his biological father. Bloom is named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons.
Bloom 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, Bloom 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. Bloom and Samantha won many poetry and Bible reciting competitions. Then Bloom, 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 Bloom 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 Bloom and asked him to audition for his new set of movies. After graduating from Guildhall, Bloom 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 (June 2010), and were married the following month. Kerr gave birth to their son, Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom (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.
- Won the award at the 2002 Empire Awards for "Best Debut."
- Is "mildly dyslexic".
- Learned to surf during the filming of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in New Zealand.
- First concert he attended was in Canterbery watching Jamiroquai.
- According to Screensavers.com, Orlando Bloom replaced 'Britney Spears' (qv) at the top of the website's celebrity download index in January, 2004.
- He has received an invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, which he plans to do in the near future when he has some time off from working on film. His goal is to perform Hamlet on the Swan stage (RSC main), one of Shakespeare's most challenging works.
- Was named Empire Magazine's #21 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars.
- He used to smoke, but quit in 2002, which started making him bite his nails instead.