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.
The singer has called her actor boyfriend her 'anchor'
International pop star, Katy Perry, has spoken about her on/off boyfriend, actor Orlando Bloom, and has explained her beau is a 'great anchor' in her life. Despite the fluctating nature of the relationship - the pair reunited earlier this year after splitting in 2017 - Katy has said they are stronger than ever and that he helps to ground her.
Katy Perry has praised her boyfriend, Orlando Bloom
Speaking to Footwear News magazine of 41-year-old Orlando, Katy said: "He's a great anchor in my life. For some reason, I attract people who are really real and call me out on stuff when I'm being cuckoo."
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The singer was spotted wearing a onesie with her ex-boyfriend's face on
Singer Katy Perry has given the biggest hint yet that she’s back with her ex-boyfriend, Orlando Bloom - by wearing a onesie with his face all over it. The pair got together in January 2016 but confirmed their split in February 2017. However, it seems their brief separation is over.
Katy Perry could be back together with ex, Orlando Bloom
Following a performance in Chile during her Witness tour, the 33-year-old stopped to chat to a fan and happened to be wearing a striking onesie covered in her rumoured boyfriend’s face.
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The web of revenge and deceit seems to run deep
It seems that Katy Perry knows how to hold a grudge - following years of an alleged feud with fellow singer Taylor Swift it has now been suggested the I Kissed a Girl hitmaker went on a date with The Weeknd in revenge after his own ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, stepped out with her ex, Orlando Bloom.
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The Sun reported that sources closest to the star revealed it was an act of 'revenge' after The Weeknd's ex Selena Gomez embarrassed Katy, 33, by joining her own ex Orlando Bloom for dinner one night in May while they were still together.
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The actor is taking on the small screen with the Amazon series.
Orlando Bloom is hitting the small screen in the forthcoming Amazon TV series 'Carnival Row'. It marks his first major TV role and sees him portray a police inspector looking into a grisly and unusual murder which leads into a fantastical world that the actor is no doubt familiar with.
Orlando Bloom at the Tony Awards
The 40-year-old will play Rycroft Philostrate in the new fantasy/ horror/ mystery series; a man determined to uncover the truth behind the death of a 'faerie showgirl'. 'Carnival Row' is set in what has previously been described as a 'neo-Victorian' metropolis where various mythical creatures roam having run from the dangers of their own world.
Continue reading: Orlando Bloom Lands First Major TV Role In Fantasy Drama 'Carnival Row'
The pair were spotted hanging out at a concert.
When Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom split after a year of dating, most people thought that was it for them. But it seems there might still be a spark between them as they have been spotted hanging out very recently. Could they be getting serious again?
Katy Perry performs at Glastonbury Festival
There was nothing bitter about their break-up early this year; in fact it seemed like they vowed to stay friends. Neither of them have found other partners since their split, and now they have been spending time with each other, even going to Ed Sheeran's concert together at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 12th 2017.
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Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite gets its sea legs. With a waterlogged script and a startlingly murky production design, this is the first movie in the franchise that lacks a sense of swashbuckling merriment. It's lively enough to keep the audience watching, but it never quite makes any sense because any sensible details are lost amid the chaotic action sequences.
It opens with Henry (Brenton Thwaites), son of franchise veterans Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in cameos), who is on a quest to free his father from his watery imprisonment. For this he needs Poseidon's trident, which only Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) can find with his magical compass. Except that Jack has swapped the compass to buy some whiskey. Then Will meets the feisty Carina (Kaya Scodelario), who's star-reading skills will come in handy. But the vengeful Salazar (Javier Bardem) is also after the compass and the trident, hoping to reverse his own ghostly curse. And as things heat up, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) dives into the pursuit as well.
What follows is a series of set-pieces in which these various factions scuffle for control of people and artefacts that can lead them in their quests for power. They all talk incessantly about the elaborately complex mythology, but it never makes any sense why each person knows only fragments of the lore. And it's also not easy to hear what they're shouting amid the general chaos of yet another epically choreographed fight scene. Thankfully, the actors are hammy enough to stand out from the sea of digital effects that fill the screen.
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The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor will never get tired of the movies.
There was nothing original about the concept of pirates when 'Pirates of the Caribbean' came along in 2003 with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, but there was something about how Disney put across this story that made it adored by adults and children alike - and, indeed, turned 'pirate movie' into an unmatched genre.
Orlando Bloom stars in 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'
Orlando Bloom is back in the latest installment of the franchise, 'Dead Men Tell No Tales' ('Salazar's Revenge' in the UK), and he insists that after appearing in three of the movies, he still enjoys reprising his role as the blacksmith-turned-pirate Will Turner.
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By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds the attention and keeps the audience entertained, even when things get very silly indeed. And because of the tone, the starry actors get the chance to add quirky angles to their characters that remind us to avoid taking anything that happens too seriously. The terrorism plot may strain to be topical and relevant, but it's the corny plotting and lively banter that keeps a smile on our faces.
It's set in London, where former CIA operative Alice (Noomi Rapace) is trying to have a quiet life working with migrants. When one of these, Lateef (Aymen Hamdouchi), appears to be a jihadist planning an attack, she shifts into action mode, consulting her mentor (Michael Douglas) and her MI5 contact (Toni Collette). Then things take a turn, sending her on the run with a shifty ex-marine (Orlando Bloom). With Alice seen as a rogue agent, the American CIA chief (John Malkovich) joins in the hunt. But she's actually the only person who knows the truth: the Muslims are trying to stop a murderous attack that's being orchestrated by someone inside the agency.
Veteran director Michael Apted keeps things moving so briskly that the audience never has much time to worry about the nonsensical details that are flung around in each conversation. The film is a riot of conspiracies, betrayals, codewords, revelations and ticking time bombs, none of which make much sense, but it's a lot of fun to watch a woman taking charge for once. Rapace makes a terrific action hero, tough and sympathetic while still maintaining a sense of mystery.
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It seems Captain Jack Sparrow has been sailing the seas as a pirate for many, many years, and in that time he's made a lot of enemies. As a young trouble-maker, he damned a pirate-hating adversary and his crew to a seabound immortality - and now Captain Salazar has returned to exact his revenge. Panic is afoot when it becomes clear that Captain Salazar has escaped his eternal torment at the bottom of the Devil's Triangle, and as much as Jack loves an adventure almost as much as he loves rum, this time he could truly be out of his depth. It will take more than his trusty compass to help him this time, but thankfully he has the help of a new headstrong maiden named Carina Smyth who happens to be a skilled astronomer, plus the return of his old friend Will Turner. Together they must uncover the Trident of Poseidon before Salazar does, and send the enemy back to their watery graves.
Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is a CIA interrogator who gets embroiled in a terrorist plot when her investigation into a potentional biological attack in London gets infiltrated. She finds herself accidentally revealing information to a terrorist 'prisoner', and has to make a pretty swift escape when her life is threatened by nefarious spies. She's not alone in this though. An MI5 agent (Orlando Bloom) insists on joining her as she attempts to thwart what could be the most devastating extremist assault since 9/11. However, with an enemy at every corner, Alice isn't sure who she can trust anymore.
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Date of birth
13th January, 1977
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