Jamie Bell

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Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell 2011.jpg
Bell at the Paris premiere of The Adventures of Tintin, 2011
Born Andrew James Matfin Bell
(1986-03-14) 14 March 1986 (age 28)
Billingham, County Durham, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Known for Billy Elliot, King Kong, Jumper, The Adventures of Tintin
Spouse(s) Evan Rachel Wood (m. 2012)
Children 1

Andrew James Matfin "Jamie" Bell[1] (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Billy Elliot (2000), King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), and The Adventures of Tintin (2011), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the TV series, Turn (2014).

Early life and education[edit]

Bell was born in Billingham, County Durham, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen (née Matfin), and older sister, Kathryn. His father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Bell was born.[2][3] Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons.[4] He was a pupil at Northfield School and took performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working class widowed father and older brother by taking up ballet.[5]


Bell served as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. Since his film debut in Billy Elliot, he has appeared as the disabled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, a young soldier in Deathwatch, a teenager on the run in Undertow, a gun toting pacifist in Dear Wendy, a disaffected Southern California teenager in The Chumscrubber, and the young Jimmy in the 2005 film version of King Kong. He also appeared in Close and True, an ITV legal drama shown in 2000, which starred Robson Green, James Bolam and Susan Jameson. In 2007, he played the title character in Hallam Foe – for which he was nominated for the best actor award at the British Independent Film Awards – and appeared as himself in lonelygirl15 spin-off KateModern.[6]

In 2005, he starred opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the Green Day video Wake Me Up When September Ends, directed by Samuel Bayer. He had roles in two 2008 films: the sci-fi film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance. In the latter he plays Asael Bielski, the third of the Bielski Brothers – leaders of a partisan group that saved some 1,200 lives during the Holocaust. Despite rumours to the contrary, he did not appear in Thea Sharrock's West End production of Equus.[7]

In 2009, it was announced Bell would play the title role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin, alongside British double act Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.[8] The film received a U.S. release on 21 December 2011[9] and a U.K. release on 26 October 2011.[10] He also starred in the 2011 films The Eagle as Esca and Jane Eyre.

In 2013, he starred alongside James McAvoy in the film version of Irvine Welsh's Filth. In 2014, he has been offered the role of Ben Grimm/Thing in the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Bell began dating American actress Evan Rachel Wood in 2005 after they co-starred in the music video for Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends".[13] After a year together, the couple broke up in 2006.[14] Five years later, in the summer of 2011, it was reported that Bell and Wood had rekindled their relationship.[15] The couple married in a small ceremony on 30 October 2012.[16] They have one son, born in July 2013.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Billy Elliot Billy Elliot BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Empire Award for Best Debut
Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year
National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Young Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in an International Film
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance
Close & True Mark Sheedy TV, 1 episode: "Town and Gown"
2002 Deathwatch Pvt. Charlie Shakespeare
Nicholas Nickleby Smike National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2004 Undertow Chris Munn Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
2005 Dear Wendy Dick Dandelion
The Chumscrubber Dean Stifle
King Kong Jimmy
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Jimmy Voice
Video game
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski
2007 Hallam Foe Hallam Foe Nominated—BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
2008 Jumper Griffin O'Conner Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (Shared with Hayden Christensen)
Jumper: Griffin's Story Griffin O'Conner Voice
Video game
Defiance Asael Bielski
2011 The Eagle Esca[18]
Jane Eyre St. John Rivers
Retreat Jack
Stainless Steel Paul Rufus
The Adventures of Tintin Tintin
2012 Man on a Ledge Joey Cassidy
2013 Snowpiercer Edgar
Filth Ray Lennox
Nymphomaniac K Pending – Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Turn Abraham Woodhull TV series



  1. ^ "Jamie Bell: An oscar win would have ruined my life". The Belfast Telegraph. 24 August 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2010. "Real name: Andrew James Matfin Bell" 
  2. ^ "Jamie's dance to fame". BBC News. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Jamie's next step; Jamie Bell shot to stardom at 13 as Billy Elliot. With his new film 'Nicholas Nickleby' about to be released, the Teesside teenager talks to Lydia Slater about girlfriends, hating Hollywood and those tabloid rumours". Evening Standard. London. 20 June 2003. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Pearce, Garth (1 June 2008). "On the move Jamie Bell". The Times (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Billy Elliot, DVD, production notes
  6. ^ "I Know Hallam Foe! – KateModern". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  7. ^ The Stage[dead link]
  8. ^ "Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment Announce the January 26 Start of Principal Photography on the 3D Motion Capture Feature 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn' Directed by Steven Spielberg and Starring Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig". PR Newswire. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  9. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (29 May 2009). "Spielberg's Tintin to unspool in late 2011". Reuters. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  10. ^ The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, 21 October 2011
  11. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2014/02/fantastic-four-reboot-cast-kate-mara-and-jamie-bell-revealed-to-be-amongst-four-leads.html
  12. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 February 2014). "‘Fantastic Four’ Cast Revealed". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  13. ^ Raftery, Liz (9 January 2012). "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell: Engaged?". People. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Evan Rachel Wood Engaged to Jamie Bell – See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Wood, Bell rekindle romance". Toronto Sun. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell Get Married". People. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  17. ^ Eggenberger, Nicole (2013-07-29). "Evan Rachel Wood Welcomes Baby Boy With Jamie Bell!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  18. ^ Magnus Linklater (3 August 2009). "Kevin Macdonald will bring to film pre-Celtic clash of the cultures". The Times (London). Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c IMDB: Awards for Jamie Bell
  20. ^ a b Biography for Jamie Bell: Trivia
  21. ^ BIFA 2000: 2000 Awards[dead link]
  22. ^ LVFCS Sierra Award winners: 2000
  23. ^ "British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Film Nominations 2000". Bafta.org. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  24. ^ Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards – according to the introduction page, the year of award is 2001 and the performance years are 1999–2000.
  25. ^ "Sony Ericsson Empire Awards: 2001 Winners". Empire. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  26. ^ The Critics' Circle: Film – British Newcomer of the Year – according to IMDB: Awards for Jamie Bell, the year of award is 2001 and the year of performance is 2000.
  27. ^ Phoenix Film Critics Society Archive of Past Winners: "Almost Famous" wins three PFCS Awards for the Year 2000 – the year of award is 2001 and the year of performance is 2000.
  28. ^ "26th Young Artist Awards: Winners and Nominees". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 

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