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Born: Jan. 13, 1977 Canterbury, England, UK
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Orlando Bloom was born in Canterbury, England on January 13th, 1977. Drama was evident in his life at an early age. His father died when he was 4 years old and he and his sister were then raised by his mother and a family friend. He struggled with dyslexia in school, but found solace in the arts. He would find out when he was 13 that the family friend was actually his biological father.
Orlando joined the National Youth Theatre at age 16 and spent two years perfecting his skills before winning a scholarship to London’s British American Drama Academy. He made his small screen debut playing different characters in 1996’s Casualty. He followed that up with his feature film debut when he appeared in 1997’s Wilde with Stephen Fry and Jude Law.
He would find instant adoration in 2001 as Legolas Greenleaf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that also starred Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortenson and Cate Blanchett. That was followed up by Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down with Josh Hartnett.
The following year saw the second installment of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers . In 2003, he starred in Ned Kelly with Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush and Naomi Watts and then began another hit franchise with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. The year concluded with the release of the final LOTR chapter The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The next year, he starred in another Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven and the box office disappointment Elizabethtown with Kirsten Dunst.
In 2006, audiences saw Orlando in the POTC sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and in Love and Other Disasters with Brittany Murphy. The third installment of Pirates cameout in 2007, with Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End which featured Keith Richards playing Johnny Depp’s father. The following year, he appeared in New York, I Love You opposite Christina Ricci.
2010 saw Bloom in Sympathy for Delicious with Christopher Thornton, Mark Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis and Laura Linney and in Main Street with Colin Firth, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Amber Tamblyn. The following year, he appeared in The Good Doctor with Riley Keough and Taraji P. Henson and starred in The Three Musketeers alongside Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Milla Jovovich, Luke Evans, Mads Mikkelsen and Christoph Waltz.
In 2013, Bloom worked with Forest Whitaker on Zulu and returned to Middle Earth in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opposite Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch and Evangeline Lilly.
Bloom was seen with Condola Rashad in 2014’s Romeo and Juliet and teamed up with Peter Jackson again for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In 2015, he worked with Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt in Digging for Fire.
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