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; separated 2014)
Children 1

Andrew James Matfin "Jamie" Bell[1] (born 14 March 1986)[2] is an English actor 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), and The Adventures of Tintin (2011), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the TV series, Turn (2014). He will portray of Ben Grimm/The Thing in the upcoming 2015 Fantastic Four reboot.

Early life and education[edit]

Bell was born in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, England,[2] 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.[3][4] Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons.[5] 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.[6]

Career[edit]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] The film received a U.S. release on 21 December 2011[10] and a U.K. release on 26 October 2011.[11] 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.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

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".[14] After a year together, the couple broke up in 2006.[15] Five years later, in the summer of 2011, it was reported that Bell and Wood had rekindled their relationship.[16] The couple married in a small ceremony on 30 October 2012.[17] They have one son, born in July 2013.[18] In May 2014, Bell and Wood announced that they had separated.[19]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Billy Elliot Billy Elliot
2000 Close & True Mark Sheedy TV series (1 episode: "Town and Gown")
2002 Deathwatch Pvt. Charlie Shakespeare
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Smike
2004 Undertow Chris Munn
2005 Dear Wendy Dick Dandelion
2005 The Chumscrubber Dean Stifle
2005 King Kong Jimmy
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 O'Conner
2008 Jumper: Griffin's Story Griffin O'Conner (voice) Video game
2008 Defiance Asael Bielski
2011 The Eagle Esca[20]
2011 Jane Eyre St. John Rivers
2011 Retreat Jack
2011 Stainless Steel Paul Rufus
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Tintin
2012 Man on a Ledge Joey Cassidy
2013 Snowpiercer Edgar
2013 Filth Ray Lennox
2013 Nymphomaniac K
2014–present TURИ Abraham Woodhull TV series
2015 Untitled Fantastic Four reboot Ben Grimm/The Thing Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2000 Billy Elliot BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role[21] Won
2000 Billy Elliot British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer[22] Won
2000 Billy Elliot Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer Won
2000 Billy Elliot Empire Award for Best Debut[23] Won
2000 Billy Elliot Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Won
2000 Billy Elliot Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film[24] Won
2000 Billy Elliot London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year[25] Won
2000 Billy Elliot National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Young Actor Won
2000 Billy Elliot Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance Won
2000 Billy Elliot Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in an International Film[26] Won
2000 Billy Elliot Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot European Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer[27] Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2000 Billy Elliot Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance Nominated
2002 Nicholas Nickleby National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Won
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor Nominated
2004 Undertow Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor[28] Won
2007 Hallam Foe BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor Nominated
2007 Hallam Foe British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
2008 Jumper MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Hayden Christensen) Nominated
2013 Nymphomaniac Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b "Jamie Bell". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jamie's dance to fame". BBC News. 6 February 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ Pearce, Garth (1 June 2008). "On the move Jamie Bell". The Times (London). Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Billy Elliot, DVD, production notes
  7. ^ "I Know Hallam Foe! – KateModern". YouTube. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  8. ^ The Stage[dead link]
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ Fernandez, Jay A. (29 May 2009). "Spielberg's Tintin to unspool in late 2011". Reuters. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  11. ^ The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, 21 October 2011
  12. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2014/02/fantastic-four-reboot-cast-kate-mara-and-jamie-bell-revealed-to-be-amongst-four-leads.html
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (19 February 2014). "‘Fantastic Four’ Cast Revealed". Variety. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Raftery, Liz (9 January 2012). "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell: Engaged?". People. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Evan Rachel Wood Engaged to Jamie Bell – See Her Ring!". Us Weekly. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  16. ^ "Wood, Bell rekindle romance". Toronto Sun. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell Get Married". People. 2012-10-31. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  18. ^ Eggenberger, Nicole (2013-07-29). "Evan Rachel Wood Welcomes Baby Boy With Jamie Bell!". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  19. ^ Blumm, K.C. (28 May 2014). "Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell Separate". People. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Magnus Linklater (3 August 2009). "Kevin Macdonald will bring to film pre-Celtic clash of the cultures". The Times (London). Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  21. ^ "British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Film Nominations 2000". Bafta.org. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  22. ^ BIFA 2000: 2000 Awards[dead link]
  23. ^ "Sony Ericsson Empire Awards: 2001 Winners". Empire. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  24. ^ LVFCS Sierra Award winners: 2000
  25. ^ The Critics' Circle: Film – British Newcomer of the Year
  26. ^ Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards – according to the introduction page, the year of award is 2001 and the performance years are 1999–2000.
  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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