Orlando Bloom (DOB 13th January 1977) is an English actor who had his break-through role in the early 2000s as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy of films. Since then he has established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, including Troy, Elizabethtown and Kingdom of Heaven.
He was not academic or athletic as a child, and managed to struggle through school despite his dyslexia. He then joined the National 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 hospital drama Casualty and Midsummer Murders, and subsequently made his film debut in Wilde (1997).
Career: Bloom's first appearance on the screen was a small role as a rent boy in the 1997 film Wilde. Starring alongside Stephen Fry, the story of the life and times of Oscar Wilde was the first real break for Bloom.
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 tried out for the part of Faramir, who doesn't appear until the second movie but the director, Peter Jackson, cast him as Legolas instead.
The success of the trilogy transformed Bloom from an unknown actor into one of world's best known celebrities.
In 2001 Bloom also appeared in Black Hawk Down, the story of the US Battle of Mogadishu amongst an all star cast including British actors Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs and Ioan Gruffudd.
Bloom next starred opposite Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp in highly popular and successful 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 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, and the independently made Haven, for which he was executive producer.
As of May 2007 and at the ago of just 30, Orlando Bloom has appeared in four of the top 15 highest grossing films of all time.
Bloom, who had intended to become a stage actor after graduating, had stated that he would like to leave films for a time and instead appear in stage roles.
So during the summer of 2007, he appeared in a London revival of 'In Celebration', a play by David Storey
Coming in 2009, Orlando Bloom will be one of many stars to be in 'New York, I Love You', which contains twelve short films in one, each having a similar romantic theme. Also featuring the likes of John Hurt, Natalie Portman and Christina Ricci, the film is already attracting a lot of interest.
Personal life: In 1998, he fell three stories while trying to reach the roof of terrace of a friend's house, and was told he would not regain the ability to walk. However, he made a recovery and was able to walk out of the hospital on crutches within twelve days.
Bloom had steel plates inserted into his backbone to support it, which have since been removed, except for a single screw.
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 London 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 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 16 after moving to London.
Bloom is a practising Buddhist.
Having played no part at all in 2011's On Stranger Tides, Bloom will be returning to the cast for Dead Men Tell No Tales in 2017.
Great news for fans of Pirates Of The Caribbean as Disney has confirmed that Orlando Bloom will be returning to the cast for the fifth instalment. The announcement was revealed at Disney’s D23 expo on Saturday (August 15th) after the star himself had previously expressed uncertainty as to whether he would get the nod.
Bloom, of course, was missing from the fourth movie On Stranger Tides back in 2011, having played Will Turner, one of the franchise’s central characters, in the first three movies dating back to 2003. But it seems now that his role will be revived in some way for the 2017 release Dead Men Tell No Tales alongside Johnny Depp’s eternal favourite Captain Jack Sparrow.
Orlando Bloom will be taking part in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'
Continue reading: Orlando Bloom Returning To 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' For Fifth Film
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were married by one of television’s brightest stars – Jimmy Kimmel!
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s wedding was officiated by late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel. Howard Stern attended the wedding and he couldn’t resist letting a few secrets slip during his Monday (10th July) radio show on SiriusXM.
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston at the 87th Oscars Vanity Fair party in Los Angeles in February 2015.
Orlando Bloom - Orlando Bloom leaves an office in Beverly Hills walking in boots without laces and pulling a funny face with his tongue hanging out - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th July 2015
Last night Britain was covered in red noses as the annual fundraising event celebrated its 30th birthday raising over £78m by the end of the live show.
Emma Watson, Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig and One Direction were among the stars doing something funny for money last night, as 'Red Nose Day' took over the BBC to raise money for Comic Relief. The charity, which is now in its 30th year reached its goal of taking its overall total over the billion pound mark on Friday, after raising £78m by the end of the live broadcast.
Emma Watson made a surprise appearance during Red Nose Day
Kicking off the proceedings, Rowan Atkinson returned as Mr Bean in his first full new sketch in eight years as the character attended a funeral in a small village church. Of course things never go smoothly for the tweed wearing silent star and by the time he already disrupted the service (to the point of knocking over the coffin) Bean realised he was in fact at the wrong funeral.
Orlando Bloom - A variety of stars from the music industry were photographed as they arrived at the Brit Awards 2015 which were held at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 25th February 2015
Orlando Bloom has revealed he will be spending Christmas with his estranged wife Miranda Kerr and their son. Appearing on 'Ellen', Bloom also discussed 'The Hobbit' and how much he will miss his role as Legolas.
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom may have split up well over a year ago but that doesn't mean they hold any animosity toward each other. In fact, they will be spending Christmas Day together with their son Flynn (aged 3).
Orlando Bloom at the L.A. premiere of The Battle of the Five Armies.
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a battle epic packed with enormous action sequences that oddly distract attention from the much more engaging central plotline. By the time it thunders to its satisfying conclusion after nearly two and a half hours, there's a sense of balance restored, providing some powerfully emotional moments along with the thrills. But there's a lot of chaotic mayhem to get through first.
The action picks up immediately, as the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) roars into Laketown causing further desolation before being stopped by the heroic Bard (Luke Evans), who then leads the survivors back to their long-abandoned city in the mountains. Meanwhile, dwarf king Thorin (Richard Armitage) has reclaimed his throne and Smaug's enormous stash of gold, which consumes his soul with greed. But he abandons his promises to Bard and the elf leader Thranduil (Lee Pace), who assembles the elf army against him. So Thorin calls in a dwarf battalion to take them on. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman) is trying to diffuse the situation and snap Thorin out of his avaricious funk. And wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers that two waves of ruthless orcs are descending on Thorin.
All of this strategising and squaring-off feels fragmented and uneven, as Jackson cuts back and forth between the sprawling ensemble cast while trying to build momentum toward the earth-rattling collision of these five armies. Thankfully, there's also a lot of interpersonal stuff going on to hold the interest. Elf warrior Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is still caught up in a romantic triangle with his intended Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) and her forbidden love, the unusually hot dwarf Kili (Aidan Turner). And there's some comic relief from Alfrid (Ryan Gage), a weaselly human who worms his way into Bard's inner circle for some inexplicable reason. Best of all is the push and pull between Bilbo and Thorin, which is very nicely played by Freeman and Armitage.
Continue reading: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review
Ahead of the release of 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies', Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom discussed a bit about their characters: Thranduil, Tauriel and Legolas, respectively. In the interview, the three Mirkwood Elves discuss the process of filming the new trilogy, as well as some of their favourite moments from the production. They then answer questions about items and props that they either kept or wanted to keep, as well as what went into the rigorous stunt training for the fight scenes before the filming began.
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) have won; although they soon discover that the price of their victory was steep. Smaug has laid waste to Lake Town, leaving the residents homeless after Thorin promised them riches. The elves of Mirkwood seek the dwarves that escaped their dungeons, while an army of orcs seek to end the line of Durin. And behind the scenes, a dark lord of shadow, long since defeated, is preparing to make a return to Middle Earth - the secret to his power lies in a small, golden ring. A ring that has chosen a new owner; The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman).
'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' serves as the final chapter in Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson's Middle Earth saga. The film serves as the sixth film by Jackson to be based on the works of writer J. R. R. Tolkien, and the final part of 'The Hobbit' trilogy. When Tolkien released 'The Hobbit' in 1937, it was a single book. Jackson released the final part of his adaptation of 'Lord of the Rings' in 2003, and stated that he would not work on a 'Hobbit' movie. However, he eventually signed on to direct a two part adaptation of 'The Hobbit', which later turned into a trilogy in 2012.
The film is due to be released on 12th December, 2014 in the UK, with a US release date of 17th December.
Lake Bell has given birth to her first child - a baby girl!
Lake Bell and her husband Scott Campbell have welcomed their first child together. A rep for the 35-year-old actress confirmed Bell had given birth to a baby girl. No further details were given.
Bell and Campbell have been together since 2011 after they met on the set of How to Make It in America. Bell was starring and Campbell, a popular tattoo artist who has worked on such stars as Orlando Bloom and Robert Downey Jr, was guest starring as himself. The couple married in 2013 and announced they were expecting their first child at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The news of the birth was confirmed to E! on Saturday (25th October).
The news about Lake's baby broke on Saturday
Continue reading: Lake Bell And Husband Scott Campbell Welcome First Child Together
Disney star Selena Gomez was seen arriving at LAX with the 35-year-old actor.
Selena Gomez has been causing quite a stir with recent rumours surrounding her love life. And after her on-off boyfriend Justin Bieber nearly got decked by Orlando Bloom, gossip suggests she's fallen for the actor instead.
Who is Selena Gomez dating?
The starlet was seen arriving in LAX on Monday (October 21st 2014) in close proximity to her rumoured new beau, whom she has in fact been romantically linked to in the past. However, we have to say we having doubts that anything more than a friendship is going on between the two - even if we do sort of wish it would happen after the controversy surrounding Bieber and Bloom's ex-wife Miranda Kerr.
Guardians of the Galaxy star made an eventful appearance on US radio show.
Actor Chris Pratt is currently enjoying a huge wave of publicity following the runaway success of his new film Guardians of the Galaxy that’s topping box offices around the world.
But now he’s unveiled something of a latent talent for rapping during a guest spot on a talk radio show. Pratt was interviewed by DJ Whoo Kid on the show ‘Whoolywood Shuffle’ and when the discussion moved on to rap music, he professed his love for Eminem by discussing his appearances on Dr Dre’s The Chronic 2001.
Continue reading: Chris Pratt Raps Eminem, Disses Orlando Bloom And Justin Bieber
Date of birth
13th January, 1977