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Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an Englishmarker actor. He had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and starting in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy of films, and subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywoodmarker films, including Troy, Elizabethtown and Kingdom of Heaven. He appeared in the ensemble film New York, I Love You, and will have roles in Sympathy for Delicious and Main Street. Bloom made his professional stage debut in West End's In Celebration at the Duke of York's Theatremarker, St. Martin's Lane, which ended its run on 15 September 2007. On 12 October 2009 Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Early life

Orlando Bloom was born in Canterburymarker, Kentmarker, Englandmarker. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (née Copeland), was born in the British section of Kolkatamarker, Indiamarker, the daughter of Betty Constance Josephine Walker and Francis John Copeland, who was a physician and surgeon. Through her, Bloom is a cousin of photographer Sebastian Copeland. Bloom's maternal grandmother's family lived in Tasmaniamarker, Australia and Indiamarker, and were of English descent, some of them having originally come from Kentmarker. During his childhood, Bloom was told that his father was his mother's husband, South African-born Jewish anti-Apartheid novelist Harry Saul Bloom; but when he was thirteen (nine years after Harry's death), Bloom's mother revealed to him that his biological father was actually Colin Stone, his mother's partner and family friend. Stone, the principal of the Concorde International language school, was made Orlando Bloom's legal guardian after Harry Bloom's death. Bloom, who is named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons, has one sister, Samantha Bloom, who was born in 1975.

Bloom was raised in the Church of England. As a child, Orlando managed to get through The King's School Canterburymarker and St Edmund's Schoolmarker in Canterbury despite his dyslexia. He was encouraged by his mother to take art and drama classes. In 1993, he moved to Londonmarker to follow a two year A Level course in Drama, Photography and Sculpture at Fine Arts Collegemarker, Hampstead. He then joined the National Isa Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and earning a scholarship to train at the British American Drama Academy. Bloom began acting professionally with television roles in episodes of Casualty and Midsomer Murders, and subsequently made his film debut in Wilde (1997), opposite Stephen Fry, before entering the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied acting.

Career

Bloom's first appearance on the screen was as a rent boy in the 1997 film Wilde - he had a small part. Two days after graduating from Guildhall in 1999, he was cast in his first major role, playing Legolas in The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003). He had originally auditioned for the part of Faramir, who doesn't appear until the second movie but the director, Peter Jackson, cast him as Legolas instead. While shooting a scene, he broke a rib after falling off a horse, but eventually recovered and continued shooting. At the same time, Bloom also played a brief role in the war film Black Hawk Down as PFC. Todd Blackburn. The success of both The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and Black Hawk Down transformed Bloom from an unknown actor into one of world's best-known celebrities. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the Teen People "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" and was named People's hottest Hollywood bachelor in the magazine's 2004 list. All members of the cast of the Rings films were nominated for Best Ensemble Acting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for three years in a row, finally winning in 2003 for the third film, The Return of the King. Bloom has also won other awards, including European Film Awards, Hollywood Festival Award, Empire Awards and Teen Choice Awards, and has been nominated for many others. Most of Bloom's box office successes have been as part of an ensemble cast.


Bloom next starred opposite Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was a blockbuster hit during the summer of 2003. After the success of Pirates, Bloom next took to the screen as Paris, the man who effectively started the Trojan War, in the 2004 Spring blockbuster, Troy opposite Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole. He subsequently played the lead roles in Kingdom of Heaven and Elizabethtown (both 2005). In 2006, Bloom starred in sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the independently made Haven, for which he was executive producer, and was one of the guest stars in the sitcom Extras, in which he portrayed an exaggeratedly arrogant, narcissistic version of himself who had a great loathing for Johnny Depp (his co-star in Pirates of the Caribbean); Bloom pushed for Extras to go further with making his part unlikeable and contributed to the gag about him admiring Depp out of sheer jealously, that Depp was far more talented than he was, not to mention rated higher than him on the 'top hottest' charts. Also in 2006, Bloom was the most searched male on Google News. As of May 2007, Bloom has appeared in four of the top 15 highest grossing films of all time.

Bloom's most recent film role is in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, released on 24 May 2007. Bloom, who had intended to become a stage actor after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, had stated that he would to like to leave films for a time and instead appear in stage roles, and is "avidly looking for the right sort of material that [he] can do something with" and go "back to basics". During the summer of 2007,he appeared in a London revival of In Celebration, a play by David Storey. His character was one of three brothers returning home for their parents' 40th wedding anniversary. On 24 August 2007, he made his first ever TV commercial appearance on late-night Japanese TV, promoting the Uno brand of cosmetics maker Shiseido. A "one night only", 2-minute version of the Sci-Fi themed commercial kicked off the product's marketing campaign. Orlando Bloom and Kanye West are rumoured to be starring in the 2010 remake of "Jesus Christ: Superstar". He was also one of the four main actors voted for on Stephenie Meyer's website to portray Edward Cullen in the 2008 movie Twilight. However, he was considered too old to realistically play the part. This was also said of Henry Cavill who was Meyer's first choice. In 2008 he was slimed at the Kid's Choice Awards, what Jack Black called, "The biggest slime in history!"In 2008 he signed on to play a small role in the British film An Education but dropped out to take the lead in Johnny To's film Red Circle. Also in 2009, he was one of many stars to appear in New York, I Love You, which contained twelve short films in one. Bloom recently stated that he does not wish to return as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, set for release in May 2011, though it is unknown at this time if he will or will not reprise his role as Will Turner.

Personal life

Bloom in 2008
Bloom has said that he tries "not to exclude [himself] from real life as much as possible". He is a Manchester United fan and lives in Londonmarker. During filming in Moroccomarker for Kingdom of Heaven, Bloom rescued and adopted a dog, Sidi (a black Saluki mix with a white mark on his chest). Bloom is a practising Buddhist. In 2004, he became a full member of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist association affiliated with the teachings of Nichiren. Bloom has also been a part of Global Green, an environmental company, since the early 2000s. As part of his environmental involvement, he has renovated his Londonmarker home to use solar panels, incorporate recycled materials, and utilize energy efficient lightbulbs. Bloom has been approached by UNICEF to act as an international ambassador.Bloom met Americanmarker actress Kate Bosworth outside a coffee shop in 2002, where he was introduced to her by a mutual friend. He met her again at the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers later that year. The two had an "on-and-off relationship" from 2002 until splitting up in September 2006.

Bloom has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in the Tengwar 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 Londonmarker.

Bloom has sustained several injuries: he broke his left arm and cracked his skull three times, broke his nose while playing rugby union, broke his right leg skiing in Switzerlandmarker, broke his left leg in a motorbike crash, broke his right wrist while snowboarding. He also broke his back when he slipped trying to reach a roof terrace of a friend's house and fell three floors.

In late 2007, Bloom began dating Australian model Miranda Kerr. In 2008, Bloom actively supported Barack Obama, also volunteering phone canvassing work in California.

On 12 February 2009 Bloom actively participated in the 'Australia Unites' fundraiser to raise support for the victims of the Australian bushfires on 7 February 2009.

On 12 October 2009 Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He has been involved in the organisation since 2007 and has visited schools and villages in Nepalmarker in support of sanitation and education progammes.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1994-1996 Casualty Extra/Noel Harrison/Patient TV, 3 episodes
1997 Wilde Rentboy
2000 Midsomer Murders Peter Drinkwater TV, 1 episode, he gets a pitchfork in the chest.
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Legolas Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award — Male
Empire Award for Best Debut
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Black Hawk Down PFC Todd Blackburn
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Legolas Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2003 Ned Kelly Joseph Byrne Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Will Turner
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Legolas Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Empire Award for Best British Actor



2004 The Calcium Kid Jimmy Connelly
Troy Paris
Haven Shy
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Balian de Ibelin European Film Award for Best Actor
Elizabethtown Drew Baylor
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Will Turner
Extras Barrister/Himself TV, 1 episode
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Will Turner Nominated — National Movie Award for Best Performance by a Male
Everest: A Climb for Peace Narrator Documentary
2009 New York, I Love You David
Sympathy for Delicious The Stain Post-production
Main Street Harris Parker Post-production
2010 The Cross filming


References

  1. http://elflady.com/legolasgreenleaf/print/05mar/images/familyhistory_05mar_01.jpg
  2. Sebastian Copeland (known as Baste) - MSN Environment UK
  3. Independent Film Quarterly - IFQ Magazine Interview with Orlando Bloom
  4. Ricky Gervais The A.V. Club
  5. Bamigboye, Baz. Orlando Bloom gives his bit-part the chop, Daily Mail, March 14, 2008. Accessed May 27, 2008.
  6. http://www.theorlandobloomfiles.com/biography.html
  7. Orlando Bloom Meets Miranda Kerr's Parents. People. Accessed 2008-04-26.
  8. YouTube : Orlando Bloom makes calls for Obama, 2008
  9. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8303923.stm


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