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Orlando Bloom



Orlando Bloom began reading J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a teenager before abandoning the books in favor of sports and girls. He did not complete the three volumes until his early twenties: first in print, and then on camera as one of a handful of actors carefully selected for New Line Cinema's highly anticipated, $270 million, three-film screen adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The international success of the trilogy's first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), made Bloom a sought-after young actor. The talented Brit works the talk show circuit, mugs in magazines, and appears at every important award show -- always with a playful demeanor and an uncorrupted smile that suggest he could still be just as easily fulfilled by rugby and romance.



Bloom was raised in Canterbury, Kent, with his sister, Samantha. Their mother taught them to enjoy the arts and encouraged them to participate in the local Kent Festival. Bloom began by reciting poetry and prose, displaying an advanced sensitivity to tone and modulation. Yet, it wasn't this precociousness or his frequent trips to the theater that influenced Bloom to become a professional actor. He was in awe of larger-than-life characters -- from Superman to the members of the A-Team -- and knew the only way to become one was to play one on the screen.



At 16, Bloom relocated to London and performed with the National Youth Theatre for two seasons before winning a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. At the conclusion of his term with the group, he played the lead in A Walk in the Vienna Woods, and secured an agent. This led to small roles on British television and an appearance in Brian Gilbert's Wilde (1997). Wishing to further his education, Bloom then enrolled at London's prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama (the alma mater of Ewan McGregor, Joseph Fiennes, and Ben Chaplin, among others). There, he acted in several plays, including Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Chekov's Three Sisters, and Sophocles' Antigone.



While still in school, Bloom was trying to make it onto a friend's rooftop terrace when he fell three stories and broke his back. The accident almost paralyzed the actor, but surgery let him walk out of the hospital on crutches. Soon afterward, all his peers auditioned for coveted roles in the upcoming The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The extensive and selective casting process took place in every English-speaking country. Bloom good-naturedly tried out for the role of Faramir, a character introduced in the second film, The Two Towers (2002). After meeting with the project's director, Peter Jackson, Bloom was not cast as Faramir. Instead, Jackson asked that he read for the part of Legolas Greenleaf, a much more prominent figure who is featured in all three films. The director offered Bloom the role a few weeks later, only two days before the burgeoning star graduated from drama school.



Legolas, Tolkien's warrior elf, has super-human strength, swift reflexes, and heightened sensory awareness. To play him, Bloom trained in archery, swordplay, and horseback riding for two months prior to shooting. He developed a graceful style of combat based on the characters in Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai and worked to manage his posture, poise, and composure. As Legolas, Bloom is immortal, and at 2,931 years old, is a tall, athletic, and skilled fighter of evil -- he truly is larger than life.



After finishing The Lord of the Rings -- all three films, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, were shot simultaneously over 18 months in New Zealand -- Bloom headed to Morocco for a role in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down. The film chronicles the horrific Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, in which a "simple" mission left 18 U.S. soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Debuting his American accent, Bloom plays a neophyte ranger who brea

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Will Turner
2017
66% Digging For Fire
  • Ben
2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Legolas
2014
83% Romeo And Juliet (Broadway Hd)
  • Actor
2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Legolas
2013
No Score Yet Zulu
  • Brian Epkeen
2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Legolas
2012
66% The Good Doctor
  • Dr. Martin Blake
2012
24% The Three Musketeers
  • Duke of Buckingham
2011
13% Main Street
  • Harris Parker
2011
29% Sympathy for Delicious
  • The Stain
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Johnny Ryall
2011
No Score Yet The Cross
  • Actor
2010
36% New York, I Love You
  • David (Shunji Iwai segment)
2009
No Score Yet Everest: A Climb for Peace
  • Narrator
2009
45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Will Turner
2007
13% Haven
  • Executive Producer
  • Shy
  • Producer
2006
20% Love and Other Disasters
  • Hollywood Paolo
2006
54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Will Turner
2006
No Score Yet The Path to Redemption
  • Actor
2006
28% Elizabethtown
  • Drew Baylor
2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven
  • Balian
2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
54% Troy
  • Paris
2004
0% The Calcium Kid
  • Jimmy Connelly
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Legolas
2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Will Turner
2003
56% Ned Kelly
  • Joe Byrne
2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Legolas
2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Blackburn
2001
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Legolas
2001
71% Wilde
  • Rentboy
1998
No Score Yet Crusades
  • Actor
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
94% Easy
2016
  • Tom
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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