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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 13, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Canterbury, England, GB Profession: actor

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English actor Orlando Bloom enjoyed the rare achievement of starring in not one, but two hugely successful film franchises. A virtual unknown, Bloom first broke out as the dashing elf warrior Legolas in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). By the time "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) had dominated the box-office, Bloom was one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood. From one blockbuster franchise to another, he jumped ship to star with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003), further capturing the hearts of young moviegoers everywhere. Bloom had less luck away from these two properties, however, with efforts like the historical epic "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) and the derided dramedy "Elizabethtown" (2005) doing little to increase his marquee stature. The ever dependable Disney franchise continued with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (2007), but an appearance in "The Three Musketeers" (2011) met with little enthusiasm. And while he was seen in a much reduced capacity,...

English actor Orlando Bloom enjoyed the rare achievement of starring in not one, but two hugely successful film franchises. A virtual unknown, Bloom first broke out as the dashing elf warrior Legolas in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001). By the time "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003) had dominated the box-office, Bloom was one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood. From one blockbuster franchise to another, he jumped ship to star with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003), further capturing the hearts of young moviegoers everywhere. Bloom had less luck away from these two properties, however, with efforts like the historical epic "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) and the derided dramedy "Elizabethtown" (2005) doing little to increase his marquee stature. The ever dependable Disney franchise continued with "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (2007), but an appearance in "The Three Musketeers" (2011) met with little enthusiasm. And while he was seen in a much reduced capacity, the actor's return to Middle-earth in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012) at least placed him in front of a large, welcoming audience once more. Still early in his career, Bloom continued to seek out challenging new roles even as he returned to proven fan favorites.

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Raised in Canterbury, England
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Joined National Youth Theatre at age 16
1997:
Made feature acting debut as a rent boy in Oscar Wilde biopic "Wilde"
2001:
Cast in major supporting role as the elf Legolas Greenleaf in Peter Jackson's feature adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien classic "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
2001:
Cast in minor role in Ridley Scott's ensemble war drama "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Reprised role of Legolas in "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
2003:
Cast as the dashing Will Turner opposite Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
2003:
Again played Legolas in "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Cast as Greek warrior Paris, abductor of Helen of Troy in director Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy"
2004:
Played Joe Byrne, a member of the Kelly gang opposite Heath Ledger in "Ned Kelly"
2004:
Made feature producing debut with crime drama "Haven"
2005:
Cast as a young blacksmith in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"
2005:
Co-starred with Kirsten Dunst in Cameron Crowe's drama "Elizabethtown"
2006:
Reprised role of Will Turner in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2007:
Guest starred on an episode of Ricky Gervais' HBO comedy series "Extras" titled "Orlando Bloom"
2007:
Made West End debut in veteran Brit playwright David Storey's 1969 drama "In Celebration"
2007:
Reprised role of Will Turner in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2009:
Joined ensemble cast of anthology feature "New York, I Love You"
2011:
Co-starred with Colin Firth and Patricia Clarkson in small town drama "Main Street"
2011:
Cast as the Duke of Buckingham in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers"
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Legolas in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," also based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel and directed by Peter Jackson
2013:
Announced to star on Broadway as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet"
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Education

St Edmund's School: -
British American Drama Academy: - 1995
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England - 1996 - 1999

Notes

"... I did some pretty wicked stuff on horseback, like in the old cowboy-and-Indian movies, where I would let go of the reins and shoot my bow and arrow. I mean, it was really insane what I had to do, but it was so much fun and I had real faith in my horse, though I did fall off him once and broke my rib. That was one of my war wounds for the movie.

I'm rather accident-prone, I have to admit. I've broken my back, my ribs, my nose, both my legs, my arm, my wrist, a finger and a toe and I've cracked my skull three times." --Orlando Bloom on his role in "The Lord of the Rings", quoted in Interview, November 2001.

Orlando was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"The heartthrob thing is just recently becoming apparent to me. I hope it won't stop me from making more interesting choices"---Orlando Bloom quoted in People June 28, 2004

"He has a good heart, he's compassionate and has a great sense of humor."---actress Kate Bosworth quoted in People, November 29, 2004.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Samantha Bloom. Actor. Attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
step-father:
Harry Bloom. South African human rights activist; At 13 Orlando discovered that harry was not his biological father.
father:
Colin Stone.
mother:
Sonia Bloom. Ran a foreign-language school.
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