Bell at the Paris premiere of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, 2011
|Born||Andrew James Matfin Bell
14 March 1986
Billingham, County Durham, England
|Known for||Billy Elliot, King Kong, Jumper, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn|
|Spouse(s)||Evan Rachel Wood (m. 2012; separated 2014)|
Andrew James Matfin "Jamie" Bell (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor and dancer who rose to prominence for his debut role in Billy Elliot (2000) for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also best known for his roles in the films King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011), and Snowpiercer (2013), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the TV series, Turn: Washington's Spies (2014). He will portray Ben Grimm/The Thing in the upcoming 2015 film Fantastic Four.
Early life and education
Bell was born in Billingham, County Durham, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen (née Matfin), and elder sister, Kathryn. His father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Bell was born. Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons. 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 elder brother by taking up ballet.
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.
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.
In 2009, it was announced Bell would play the title role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, alongside British double act Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film received a U.S. release on 21 December 2011 and a U.K. release on 26 October 2011. He also starred in the 2011 films The Eagle as Esca and Jane Eyre.
Bell began dating American actress Evan Rachel Wood after they met while co-starring in the music video for Green Day's 2005 song "Wake Me Up When September Ends". After a year together, the couple broke up in 2006. Five years later, in the summer of 2011, it was reported that Bell and Wood had rekindled their relationship. The couple married in a small ceremony on 30 October 2012. They have one son, born in July 2013. In May 2014, Bell and Wood announced that they had separated.
|2000||Billy Elliot||Billy Elliot|
|2000||Close & True||Mark Sheedy||TV series (1 episode: "Town and Gown")|
|2002||Deathwatch||Pvt. Charlie Shakespeare|
|2005||Dear Wendy||Dick Dandelion|
|2005||The Chumscrubber||Dean Stifle|
|2005||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|
|2008||Jumper: Griffin's Story||Griffin O'Conner (voice)||Video game|
|2011||Jane Eyre||St. John Rivers|
|2011||Stainless Steel||Paul Rufus|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn||Tintin|
|2012||Man on a Ledge||Joey Cassidy|
|2014–present||TURN: Washington's Spies||Abraham Woodhull||TV series|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Ben Grimm/The Thing||Post-production|
Awards and nominations
- "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
- "Jamie Bell". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
- "Jamie's dance to fame". BBC News. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- "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.
- Pearce, Garth (1 June 2008). "On the move Jamie Bell". The Times (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Billy Elliot, DVD, production notes
- "I Know Hallam Foe! – KateModern". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- The Stage[dead link]
- "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.
- Fernandez, Jay A. (29 May 2009). "Spielberg's Tintin to unspool in late 2011". Reuters. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, 21 October 2011
- Kroll, Justin (19 February 2014). "‘Fantastic Four’ Cast Revealed". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- Raftery, Liz (9 January 2012). "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell: Engaged?". People. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Evan Rachel Wood Engaged to Jamie Bell – See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-10.
- "Wood, Bell rekindle romance". Toronto Sun. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell Get Married". People. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- Eggenberger, Nicole (2013-07-29). "Evan Rachel Wood Welcomes Baby Boy With Jamie Bell!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-30.
- Blumm, K.C. (28 May 2014). "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell Separate". People. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
- Magnus Linklater (3 August 2009). "Kevin Macdonald will bring to film pre-Celtic clash of the cultures". The Times (London). Retrieved 25 August 2009.
- "British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Film Nominations 2000". Bafta.org. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- BIFA 2000: 2000 Awards[dead link]
- "Sony Ericsson Empire Awards: 2001 Winners". Empire. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
- LVFCS Sierra Award winners: 2000
- The Critics' Circle: Film – British Newcomer of the Year
- Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards – according to the introduction page, the year of award is 2001 and the performance years are 1999–2000.
- 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.
- "26th Young Artist Awards: Winners and Nominees". Youngartistawards.org. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
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