Bloom was born on January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, England to Harry
(political activist) and Sonia Bloom. Orlando's father died
when he was only four years old. He was raised by his mother
and a family friend, Colin Stone, who wound up being his biological
father. He has an older sister named Samantha.
went to school at the St. Edmund school in Canterbury where he
excelled in the arts. He also began to recite poetry with his
sister at local venues and even the Kent Festival. They were very
good, and even won many awards for their
In 1993, he moved to London and joined the
National Youth Theatre which helped him receive local acting jobs.
His first movie role came in 1997 in the motion picture Wilde.
In 1998, he attended the
of Music and Drama. Everything was looking up, until he took a
three story fall from a rooftop. Luckily, he recovered and the
following year, director Peter Jackson was sitting in a theatre
where Orlando was performing and soon asked him to audition for one
of his new movies.
Orlando graduated Guildhall
in 1999, but he also auditioned for Jackson, and received the role
as Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies (he first
auditioned for the role as Faramir). This role lead him to new
heights of fame.
Awards won by Orlando for the
Lord of the Rings include:
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award for Outstanding Male
(nominated); Empire Award for
Best Debut; MTV
Movie Award Breakthrough Male Performance; PFCS
Award for Best Ensemble Acting; Screen Acting Guild
Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture
(nominated) - shared
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Acting Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a
Theatrical Motion Picture (nominated) - shared;
AFI Award for
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (nominated);
PFCS Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Lord of the Rings: Return of
the King (2003): BFCA Award for Best Acting Ensemble - shared;
for Best British Actor (nominated); NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble -
Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion
Picture - shared;
PFCS Award for Best Ensemble Acting (nominated)
In 2003, Orlando appeared in
critically acclaimed Ned Kelly and was nominated for the
AFI Award for
Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
He also appeared in another
box office hit in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of
the Black Pearl where he was nominated for the
MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team which he shared with
In addition, he was awarded two
more awards in 2003, the
MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer and
the Hollywood Film
Festival's Hollywood Discovery Award for Breakthrough Acting - Male.
Broke up with actress
Kate Bosworth in January 2005
after going together for more than three years. Then they got back
together a few months later, then broke up again. According to
Superficial.com he was caught kissing Sienna Miller in July 2005 (click
here for story).
Orlando has appeared in
2005 in the controversial film Kingdom of Heaven and will
appear again later this year in the star studded Elizabethtown.
He will team up again
Johnny Depp in 2006 for a
sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean - and a third movie due to
be released in 2007 is currently filming. In 2006 he will also be
appearing in Love and Other Disasters.
Other hobbies and interests:
He will never be a tightrope
walker. Besides the fall in 1998, he also fell off his horse
during the filming of the Lord of the Rings and broke a rib.
Enjoys the arts and surfing and
archery (learned during filming of LOTR)
Biography by Ian Ripley,
PopStarsPlus.com, Sr. Staff Writer
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