Orlando Bloom

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Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom Cannes 2013.jpg
Born Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom
(1977-01-13) 13 January 1977 (age 37)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994–present
Religion Nichiren Buddhism (Soka Gakkai International)[1]
Spouse(s) Miranda Kerr
(m. 2010; separated 2013)
[2]
Children 1

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. After having his breakthrough by starring in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he rose through fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic and fantasy adventure films. His most famous roles include Legolas in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the The Hobbit trilogy, Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Paris in Troy and Balian de Ibelin in Kingdom of Heaven. He subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, such as Elizabethtown, and appeared in the ensemble films New York, I Love You, and Main Street.

Bloom made his professional stage debut in West End's In Celebration at the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, which ended its run in September 2007. In 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He was married to Australian model Miranda Kerr.

Early life[edit]

Orlando Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England, and has one sister, Samantha Bloom, who was born in 1975.

His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (née Copeland), was born in the British section of Kolkata, India, the daughter of Betty Constance Josephine (Walker) and Francis John Copeland, who was a physician and surgeon. Through her, Bloom is a cousin of photographer Sebastian Copeland.[3] Bloom's mother's family lived in Tasmania, Australia, Japan, and India, and were of English descent, some of them having originally come from Kent.[4] During his childhood, Bloom was told that his father was his mother's husband, Jewish South African-born anti-Apartheid novelist Harry Saul Bloom; however, when he was thirteen (nine years after Harry's death), Bloom's mother revealed to him that his biological father was actually Colin Stone, his mother's partner and family friend.[4][5][6] Stone, the principal of the Concorde International language school,[7] was made Orlando Bloom's legal guardian after Harry Bloom's death.[6] Bloom is named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons.[8][9]

Bloom was raised in the Church of England.[10] He attended St. Peter's Methodist Primary School,[11] then The King's School Canterbury and St Edmund's School in Canterbury, and is dyslexic.[6][12] He was encouraged by his mother to take art and drama classes.[6] In 1993, he moved to London to follow a two year A Level course in Drama, Photography and Sculpture at Fine Arts College, Hampstead. He then joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and earning a scholarship to train at the British American Drama Academy.[13] Bloom began acting professionally with television roles in episodes of Casualty and Midsomer Murders,[6] and subsequently made his film debut in Wilde (1997), opposite Stephen Fry, before entering the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied acting.

Career[edit]

Bloom at the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest London premiere, July 2006

Bloom's first appearance on the screen was in a small role, as a rent boy, in the 1997 film Wilde. Two days after graduating from Guildhall in 1999,[14] he was cast in his first major role, playing Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003).[13] He had originally auditioned for the part of Faramir, who does not appear until the second movie, but the director, Peter Jackson, cast him as Legolas instead. While shooting a scene, he broke a rib after falling off a horse, but eventually recovered and continued shooting.[15] At the same time, Bloom also played a brief role in the war film Black Hawk Down as PFC. Todd Blackburn. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the Teen People "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" and was named People's hottest Hollywood bachelor in the magazine's 2004 list.[13] All members of the cast of the Rings films were nominated for Best Ensemble Acting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for three years in a row, finally winning in 2003 for the third film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Bloom has also won other awards, including European Film Awards, Hollywood Festival Award, Empire Awards and Teen Choice Awards, and has been nominated for many others. Most of Bloom's box office successes have been as part of an ensemble cast.[16]

Bloom next starred opposite Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp in 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, Eric Bana 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 in the independently made Haven, of which he was also executive producer. In the same year he was one of the guest stars in the sitcom Extras, in which he portrayed an exaggeratedly arrogant, narcissistic version of himself who had a great loathing for Johnny Depp (his co-star in Pirates of the Caribbean); Bloom pushed for Extras to go further by making his part unlikeable, and contributed to the gag about him admiring Depp out of sheer jealously, that Depp was far more talented than he was, not to mention rated higher than him on the 'top hottest' charts.[17] Also in 2006, Bloom was the most searched male on Google News.[6] As of May 2007, Bloom has appeared in four of the top 15 highest grossing films of all time.[14]

Bloom at the location filming of The Three Musketeers in Würzburg, Germany, 14 September 2010

Bloom then again portrayed Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, released on 24 May 2007. Bloom, who had intended to become a stage actor after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, had stated that he would like to leave films for a time and instead appear in stage roles,[13] and is "avidly looking for the right sort of material that [he] can do something with"[18] and go "back to basics".[19] During the summer of 2007, he appeared in a London revival of In Celebration, a play by David Storey.[19][20] His character was one of three brothers returning home for their parents' 40th wedding anniversary.[21] On 24 August 2007, he made his first ever TV commercial appearance on late-night Japanese TV, promoting the Uno brand of cosmetics maker Shiseido. A "one night only", 2-minute version of the Sci-Fi themed commercial kicked off the product's marketing campaign.[22] In 2008 he signed on to play a small role in the British film An Education[23] but dropped out to take the lead in Johnny To's film Red Circle.[24] Also in 2009, he was one of many stars to appear in New York, I Love You, which contained twelve short films in one. His most recent film role is in The Three Musketeers opposite Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Juno Temple and Christoph Waltz, released in 2011. In October 2011, Orlando Bloom stated that he would like to return for a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film if he was offered.

Bloom reprised his role as Legolas in parts two and three of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's three-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.[25]

Bloom made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in August 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.[26] The New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley described Bloom's performance as “a first-rate Broadway debut” in the title role: “For once, we have a Romeo who evolves substantively, from a posturing youth in love with love, to a man who discovers the startling revelation of real love, with a last-act descent into bilious, bitter anger that verges on madness.”

Personal life[edit]

Relationships[edit]

Bloom had an "on-and-off relationship"[27] with American actress, Kate Bosworth, from 2003 until splitting up in September 2006.[28][29]

Bloom at the Venice Film Festival, 4 September 2005.

In late 2007 Bloom began dating Australian model, Miranda Kerr.[30] They announced their engagement in June 2010,[31] and were married the following month.[32] Kerr gave birth to their son, Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom, in January 2011 in Los Angeles.[33][34] On 25 October 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had separated several months earlier, and intended to end their marriage.[35]

Other interests[edit]

Bloom has said that he tries "not to exclude [himself] from real life as much as possible".[6] During filming in Morocco for Kingdom of Heaven, Bloom rescued and adopted a dog, Sidi (a black Saluki mix with a white mark on his chest).[36] Bloom is a practising Buddhist.[14] In 2004, he became a full member of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist association affiliated with the teachings of Nichiren.[37][38] Bloom has also been a part of Global Green, an environmental company, since the early 2000s.[16] As part of his environmental involvement, he has renovated his London home to use solar panels, incorporate recycled materials, and utilise energy efficient lightbulbs.[6][16] Bloom has been approached by UNICEF to act as an international ambassador.[16]

Bloom has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in letters of the fictional Tengwar Elvish 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.[39] Bloom also has a tattoo of a sun on his lower, left abdomen, which he got at the age of 15 just before moving to London.

Bloom has sustained several injuries: he broke his left arm and cracked his skull three times, broke his nose while playing rugby union, broke his right leg skiing in Switzerland, broke his left leg in a motorbike crash, and broke his right wrist while snowboarding.[14] He also broke his back when he slipped trying to reach a roof terrace of a friend's house and fell three floors.[40] He also broke some ribs while shooting The Lord of the Rings.[41]

On 15 November 2008, Bloom participated in a test drive in Moscow celebrating the 60th anniversary of Land Rover.[42]

On 12 February 2009, Bloom actively participated in the 'Australia Unites' fundraiser to raise support for the victims of the Australian bushfires on 7 February 2009.[43] On 13 July 2009, four hooded teenagers broke into the Hollywood Hills home of Orlando Bloom and stole nearly half a million dollars worth of possessions. The burglars, dubbed the "Bling Ring", targeted the homes of young celebrities. Most of Bloom's stolen items have been retrieved.[44] On 12 October 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He has been involved in the organisation since 2007 and has visited schools and villages in Nepal in support of sanitation and education programmes.[45]

Accolades[edit]

On 13 July 2010, Bloom was presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral.[46] Bloom received the 2,521st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 April 2014.[47][48]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wilde Rentboy
2001 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Legolas
2001 Black Hawk Down PFC Todd Blackburn
2002 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Legolas
2003 Ned Kelly Joseph Byrne
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Will Turner
2003 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Legolas
2004 Calcium Kid, TheThe Calcium Kid Jimmy "The Calcium Kid" Connelly
2004 Troy Paris
2004 Haven Shy Also co-producer
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Balian de Ibelin
2005 Elizabethtown Drew Baylor
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Will Turner
2006 Love and Other Disasters Hollywood Paolo
2006 Armenian Genocide, TheThe Armenian Genocide Auguste Berneau Documentary
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Will Turner
2007 Everest: A Climb for Peace Narrator Documentary
2009 New York, I Love You David
2010 Sympathy for Delicious The Stain
2010 Main Street Harris Parker
2011 The Good Doctor Dr. Martin E. Blake Also executive producer
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Johnny Ryall Short film
2011 The Three Musketeers Duke of Buckingham
2013 Zulu Brian Epkeen
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Legolas
2014 Romeo and Juliet Romeo Theatrical release of the Broadway play he starred in
2013 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Legolas
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994–96 Casualty Noel Harrison 3 episodes (Care in the Community, Another Day in Paradise, Made in Britain)
2000 Midsomer Murders Peter Drinkwater 1 episode (Judgement Day)
2006 Extras Himself 1 episode (Orlando Bloom)
2011 LA Phil Live Romeo 1 episode (Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky)
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Legolas Voice role, archive footage
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Legolas Voice role, archive footage
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age Legolas Archive footage
2012 Lego The Lord of the Rings Legolas Archive footage
2014 Lego The Hobbit Legolas Archive footage

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Won
Empire Award Best Debut Won
MTV Movie Award Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Saturn Award Face of the Future – Male Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast Black Hawk Down Nominated
2002 Online Film Critics Society Award Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2003 MTV Movie Award Best Trans-Atlantic Performance Nominated
Australian Film Institute Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Ned Kelly Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
National Board of Review Award Best Cast Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Empire Award Best British Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
Hollywood Film Festival Award Breakthrough Acting – Male Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Chemistry Won
Choice Movie Fight/Action Sequence Won
Choice Movie Liplock Won
2004 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team Nominated
MTV Movie Award Mexico Sexiest Hero Won
2005 Jameson People's Choice Award Best European Actor Kingdom of Heaven Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Liplock Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Rumble Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Won
Choice Movie Liplock Won
Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Rumble Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Won
National Movie Award Best Performance by a Male Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
2014 Comic Vine Movie Award Best Supporting Character The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Fight Won
Best On-Screen Transformation Nominated

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