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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 14, 1986 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, GB Profession: dancer, actor

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British actor Jamie Bell tugged on international heartstrings and earned a Best Actor BAFTA for his film debut as aspiring dancer and local outcast "Billy Elliot" (2000). He was only 12 years old at the time, but universally hailed for his uncommon talent as a dancer as well as an actor. Bell parlayed his star-making turn into another story of scrappy can-do spirit, "Nicholas Nickelby" (2002), and banked on his strength with adolescent misfits in a number of American independent films including "The Chumscrubber" (2005). Hot on the heels of essaying disaffected teens, Bell made a surprisingly seamless transition to adult parts. Co-starring roles in Doug Liman's sci-fi blockbuster "Jumper" (2007) and Clint Eastwood's heavy-hitting World War II drama "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) proved that Bell's early acclaim was not simply a fluke of great casting, but the discovery of a significantly talented and versatile up-and-comer.

British actor Jamie Bell tugged on international heartstrings and earned a Best Actor BAFTA for his film debut as aspiring dancer and local outcast "Billy Elliot" (2000). He was only 12 years old at the time, but universally hailed for his uncommon talent as a dancer as well as an actor. Bell parlayed his star-making turn into another story of scrappy can-do spirit, "Nicholas Nickelby" (2002), and banked on his strength with adolescent misfits in a number of American independent films including "The Chumscrubber" (2005). Hot on the heels of essaying disaffected teens, Bell made a surprisingly seamless transition to adult parts. Co-starring roles in Doug Liman's sci-fi blockbuster "Jumper" (2007) and Clint Eastwood's heavy-hitting World War II drama "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) proved that Bell's early acclaim was not simply a fluke of great casting, but the discovery of a significantly talented and versatile up-and-comer.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Snowpiercer (2014)
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 Young Ones (2014)
5.
 Filth (2014)
7.
 Jane Eyre (2011)
8.
 Eagle, The (2011)
9.
 Defiance (2008)
10.
 Jumper (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Billingham, Durham, England
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Began taking ballet classes at age six
2000:
Made his feature debut with breakthrough role in "Billy Elliot"; played a miner's son who becomes a ballet dancer
2001:
Played a WWI soldier trapped in a German trench in his second feature "Deathwatch"
2002:
Portrayed Smike in Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby"
2004:
Starred with Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney in the dramatic thriller "Undertow"
2005:
Starred in Thomas Vinterberg's "Dear Wendy," scripted by Lars von Trier
2005:
Co-starred in Arie Posin's suburban satire "The Chumscrubber"
2005:
Cast in Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong"
2006:
Cast as one of the men who lifted the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"
2008:
Co-starred with Hayden Christensen in Doug Liman's sci-fi adventure "Jumper"
2008:
Co-starred in Edward Zwick's World War II drama "Defiance"
2011:
Co-starred with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in "Jane Eyre"; directed by Cary Fukunaga and based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë
2011:
Voiced the title character in "The Adventures of Tintin" alongside Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig; film directed by Steven Spielberg
2012:
Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"
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Education

Royal Ballet School: -
National Youth Music Theatre: - 1998

Notes

"It was an amazing gift finding Jamie. He needed to have enough charisma, charm and acting ability to hold down the central role in a movie. Jamie miraculously matched all our criteria. He is a mature film actor of huge promise, who is in every sense the star of the screen." --"Billy Elliot" director Stephen Daldry to the London Times, May 20, 2000.

"Well, when I was 13 I had just finished 'Billy Elliot' and I was thrust back into school again, and that was the hardest thing for me to do. There you are after making a film, and your head and your mentality are as a child's, and you're thinking, I have everything, everything and everybody is at my disposal, and I'm in charge. And instantly your not. It can really ruin a person because you think you are the biggest thing that this planet has ever seen, because that's what they've built you up to be, and then you're not so hot anymore."---Jamie Bell on acting at a young age to Patrick Giles Interview Magazine April 2004

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Nancy Bell. Administrative staff member of a medical office.
sister:
Kathryn Bell. Born c. 1981.

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