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.
Johnny Depp and more return for 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'.
Jack Sparrow's latest adventure 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge' is on the way; the fifth installment of the nautical Disney franchise that was previously named 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. Expect some exciting new characters and welcome old ones.
Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5'
Joining Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp and his crew (including the likes of Gibbs and Barbossa, played by Kevin McNally and Geoffrey Rush respectively) is a new character who everyone will recognise - though not from the big screen. Paul McCartney will make a cameo in an as yet unknown role, marking his feature film acting debut. Such an addition is reminiscent of Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, who portrayed Sparrow's father Captain Edward Teague in 'At World's End' and 'On Stranger Tides'.
Forget Davy Jones' Locker and the Fountain of Youth, Captain Jack Sparrow is on an all new quest as he embarks on the hunt for the fabled trident of Poseidon. It may sound like he's set his sights far too high this time, but he's never failed the crew of the Black Pearl yet - and he really could do with a windfall right about now. To make matters worse, Capitan Salazar is back from the Devil's Triangle with his ghostly crew, and the trident is his only hope of stopping them. This time he's got the help of his old friend Will Turner, who is apparently free of his binding contract with The Flying Dutchman.
It’s been 15 years since the release of the trilogy’s first movie, ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’.
The cast of Lord of the Rings held a mini reunion on Tuesday to fight a cave troll in a restaurant, using cutlery.
Dominic Monaghan, who played Meriadoc Brandybuck in the franchise, shared a series of epic ‘squad goals’ pictures on Instagram, showing himself alongside Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins), Billy Boyd (Peregrin Took) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn).
Continue reading: Squad Goals! 'Lord Of The Rings' Cast Stage Epic Reunion
The model says her son Flynn gets along really well with his dad’s girlfriend Katy Perry.
The former couple's close relationship hasn’t changed since Bloom started dating pop star Katy Perry, who Kerr says gets along great with their son Flynn making them all one big, happy, ‘modern family’.
Miranda Kerr says she, Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry are like a ‘modern family’
Continue reading: Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom And Katy Perry Are 'Like A Modern Family'
Hiddleswift may not have survived, but these celeb romances lasted the year and we couldn’t be happier.
This year we’ve endured many devastating celeb break-ups, from Brangelina to the short-lived Hiddleswift phenomenon. But 2016 has also given us plenty of new celeb couples to root for, including a prince and a TV star and a couple who fell in love again after three years apart.
Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl and Liam's friendship blossomed into love in 2016
Continue reading: Our Favourite Celeb Relationships That Survived 2016
The superstar couple spread some festive cheer at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Monday.
The couple sang Christmas carols and posed for pics at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles to the delight of the young patients and their parents, many of who won’t be going home for the holidays.
The couple sparked engagement rumours after Katy was spotted with a huge new diamond ring.
Katy Perry was honoured at UNICEF's annual Snowflake Ball last night, with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.
The musician was accompanied to the ceremony by her boyfriend Orlando Bloom, but she left her new diamond ring at home, after it sparked engagement rumours earlier this week.
Katy Perry was honoured by UNICEF on Tuesday evening
Continue reading: Katy Perry Attends UNICEF Ball With Rumoured Fiancé Orlando Bloom
The couple have reportedly split after 10 months together.
According to a report by In Touch Weekly, Orlando called off the romance after realising they both wanted different things.
However a source close to Katy insisted the split was her decision.
Continue reading: Is It All Over For Katy Perry And Orlando Bloom?
Kerr divorced her first husband, Orlando Bloom, back in 2013.
Although she’s now happily engaged to her new husband-to-be, supermodel Miranda Kerr has revealed that her split from her first husband, Orlando Bloom, caused her to fall into a “really bad depression” three years ago.
In a new interview for the December issue of Elle Canada, the 33 year old mother of one said that she has always been a “naturally positive person”, but that her divorce from Bloom back in 2013 caused her to experience depression for the first time. Previously she had “never understood the depth of [depression] or the reality of that.”
Miranda Kerr revealed that her split from ex-husband Orlando Bloom caused her to spiral into depression
Continue reading: Miranda Kerr Reveals Post-Divorce Depression
A source close to Bloom told People magazine that he wants to settle down and have more children with Katy.
Both Katy, 31, and Orlando, 39, have been married before – she to comedian and actor Russell Brand, which fell apart in 2011, and Orlando to Australian model Miranda Kerr, with whom he shares five year old son Flynn and whom he divorced nearly three years ago.
Orlando Bloom has been dating Katy Perry for almost a year
Date of birth
13th January, 1977
Forget Davy Jones' Locker and the Fountain of Youth, Captain Jack Sparrow is on an...
Jack Sparrow finds himself in constant trouble with the law; not only is his name...
Peter Jackson's expanded take on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit comes to a conclusion in a...
The Lonely Mountain has been reclaimed from the dragon Smaug. The dwarves of Thorin Oakenshield...
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the mini-army of dwarves led by Thorin are facing an evermore...
With wittier action and a few more sharply defined characters, this second episode in Peter...
Bilbo Baggins has narrowly escaped several deadly confrontations with the likes of trolls, stone giants...
Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and their company thirteen dwarves have managed to leave the Misty Mountains...
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, who lives a quiet life in The Shire. His peace...
Using the basic plot from the Alexandre Dumas novel, this film diverges wildly by adding...
D'Artagnan has always dreamt of becoming a Musketeer but being too young he's never been...
There are 11 captivating short films in this anthology, the second in the Cities of...
An honest-to-God, brawling, hooting, big ball of popcorn spectacle of a movie, Pirates of the...
The island of Grand Cayman is truly breathtaking, and the new drama Haven wastes no...