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Orlando Bloom
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BornOrlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom
(1977-01-13) 13 January 1977 (age 37)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Years active1994–present
ReligionNichiren Buddhism (Soka Gakkai International) [1]
Spouse(s)Miranda Kerr (m. 2010) (separated)[2]
ChildrenFlynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom
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Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom Cannes 2013.jpg
BornOrlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom
(1977-01-13) 13 January 1977 (age 37)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Years active1994–present
ReligionNichiren Buddhism (Soka Gakkai International) [1]
Spouse(s)Miranda Kerr (m. 2010) (separated)[2]
ChildrenFlynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy[3] and in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, including Elizabethtown and Kingdom of Heaven. He appeared in the ensemble films Black Hawk Down; Troy; New York, I Love You; Sympathy for Delicious; 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 on 15 September 2007. On 12 October 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He reprised his role as Legolas in parts two and three of The Hobbit film trilogy.

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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[5][6][7] Stone, the principal of the Concorde International language school,[8] was made Orlando Bloom's legal guardian after Harry Bloom's death.[7] Bloom is named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons.[9][10]

Bloom was raised in the Church of England.[11] He attended The King's School Canterbury and St Edmund's School in Canterbury, and is dyslexic.[7][12] He was encouraged by his mother to take art and drama classes.[7] 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,[7] 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.


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.[3]

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.[16] Also in 2006, Bloom was the most searched male on Google News.[7] 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"[17] and go "back to basics".[18] During the summer of 2007, he appeared in a London revival of In Celebration, a play by David Storey.[18][19] His character was one of three brothers returning home for their parents' 40th wedding anniversary.[20] 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.[21] In 2008 he signed on to play a small role in the British film An Education[22] but dropped out to take the lead in Johnny To's film Red Circle.[23] 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.[24]

Bloom made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in August 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.[25] 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]


Bloom had an "on-and-off relationship"[26] with American actress, Kate Bosworth, from 2002 until splitting up in September 2006.[27][28]

Bloom at the Venice Film Festival, 4 September 2005.

In late 2007 Bloom began dating Australian model, Miranda Kerr.[29] They announced their engagement in June 2010,[30] and were married the following month.[31] Kerr gave birth to their son, Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom, in January 2011 in Los Angeles.[32][33] On 25 October 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had separated several months earlier, and intended to end their marriage.[34]

Other interests[edit]

Bloom in 2008

Bloom has said that he tries "not to exclude [himself] from real life as much as possible".[7] 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).[35] 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.[36][37] Bloom has also been a part of Global Green, an environmental company, since the early 2000s.[3] As part of his environmental involvement, he has renovated his London home to use solar panels, incorporate recycled materials, and utilise energy efficient lightbulbs.[3][7] Bloom has been approached by UNICEF to act as an international ambassador.[3]

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.[38] 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.[39] He also broke some ribs while shooting The Lord of the Rings.[40]

On 15 November 2008, Bloom participated in a test drive in Moscow celebrating the 60th anniversary of Land Rover.[41]

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.[42] 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.[43] 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.[44]


On 13 July 2010, Bloom was presented with an Honorary Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral.[45]


2001Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingLegolas
Black Hawk DownPFC Todd Blackburn
2002Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersLegolas
2003Ned KellyJoseph Byrne
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlWill Turner
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingLegolas
2004Calcium Kid, TheThe Calcium KidJimmy Connelly
HavenShyAlso co-producer
2005Kingdom of HeavenBalian de Ibelin
ElizabethtownDrew Baylor
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestWill Turner
Love and Other DisastersHollywood Paolo
Armenian Genocide, TheThe Armenian GenocideAuguste BerneauDocumentary
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndWill Turner
Everest: A Climb for PeaceNarratorDocumentary
2009New York, I Love YouDavid
2010Sympathy for DeliciousThe Stain
Main StreetHarris Parker
2011The Good DoctorDr. Martin E. BlakeAlso executive producer
Fight for Your Right RevisitedJohnny RyallShort film
The Three MusketeersDuke of Buckingham
2013ZuluBrian Epkeen
The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugLegolas
2014The Hobbit: There and Back AgainLegolas
1994–96CasualtyExtra/Noel Harrison/Patient3 episodes
2000Midsomer MurdersPeter Drinkwater1 episode: "Judgement Day"
2006ExtrasHimself1 episode
2011LA Phil LiveRomeo1 episode

Awards and nominations[edit]

2001Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest CastThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingWon
Empire AwardBest DebutWon
MTV Movie AwardBest Breakthrough PerformanceWon
Saturn AwardFace of the Future – MaleThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingNominated
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardBest CastBlack Hawk DownNominated
2002Online Film Critics Society AwardBest CastThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardWon
Screen Actors Guild Award forOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersNominated
2003Australian Film Institute Award forBest Actor in a Supporting RoleNed KellyNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest CastThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingWon
National Board of Review AwardWon
Phoenix Film Critics Society AwardWon
Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureWon
Empire AwardBest British ActorThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingNominated
Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actor – Drama/Action AdventureNominated
2003Hollywood Film Festival AwardBreakthrough Acting – MalePirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlWon
MTV Movie Award MexicoSexiest HeroWon
Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie ChemistryWon
Choice Movie Fight/Action SequenceWon
Choice Movie LiplockWon
MTV Movie Award forBest on-Screen TeamPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlNominated
2005Jameson People's Choice AwardBest European ActorKingdom of HeavenWon
Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie LiplockNominated
2006Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie RumblePirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestWon
Choice Movie LiplockWon
Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action AdventurePirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestNominated
2007Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie RumblePirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndWon
National Movie AwardBest Performance by a MalePirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndNominated
Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actor – Drama/Action AdventureNominated
Razzie AwardWorst Supporting ActorNominated


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