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Orlando Bloom


Favourably known as his “Legolas” character in “Lord Of The Rings Trilogy”, Orlando has come a long way from his UK roots, With the opt out of being in the final “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, it was many fans that sighed with despair at his absence. Enjoy.

Orlando Bloom

Date of Birth

13 January 1977, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

Birth Name

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom

Nickname

Orli

OB

Height

5′ 10½” (1.79 m)

Mini Biography

Orlando Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa. But Harry died of a stroke when Orlando was only four years old. After that, Orlando and his older sister, Samantha Bloom, were raised by their mother, Sonia, and family friend, Colin Stone. When Orlando was 13, Sonia revealed to him that Colin was actually his biological father.

Orlando attended St. Edmunds School in Canterbury but struggled in many courses because of dyslexia. He did embrace the arts, however, and enjoyed pottery, photography and sculpturing. He also participated in school plays and was active at his local theater. As a teen, Orlando landed his first job: he was a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range. Encouraged by his mother, he and his sister began studying poetry and prose, eventually giving readings at Kent Festival. Orlando and Samantha won many poetry and Bible reciting competitions. Then Orlando, who always idolized larger-than-life characters, gravitated towards serious acting. At the age of 16, he moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and gaining a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Like many young actors, he also auditioned for a number of television roles to further his career, landing bit parts in British television shows “Casualty” (1986), “Midsomer Murders” (1997) and “Smack the Pony” (1999). He also appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde (1997).

He then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It was there, in 1998, that Orlando fell three stories from a rooftop terrace and broke his back. Despite fears that he would be permanently paralyzed, he quickly recovered and returned to the stage. As fate would have it, seated in the audience one night in 1999 was a director named Peter Jackson. After the show, he met with Orlando and asked him to audition for his new set of movies. After graduating from Guildhall, Orlando began work on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, spending 18 months in New Zealand bringing to life “Legolas”, a part which made him a household name. Today, he is one of the busiest and most sought-after actors in the industry.

Spouse

Miranda Kerr (22 July 2010 – present) 1 child

Trivia

During the filming for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), he fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs.

Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25.” [2002]

Originally auditioned to play the role of “Faramir” in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy but lost out on that role and was instead asked to play the role of Legolas.

Learned to surf during the filming of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in New Zealand.

He won the 2002 MTV Movie Award for “Breakthrough Male.”

Was nominated with the entire The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) cast for “Best Ensemble Acting” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Won the award at the 2002 Empire Awards for “Best Debut.”

Underwent a great deal of training with knives, horseback riding, canoeing and archery before his role as Legolas.

According to Screensavers.com, Orlando Bloom replaced Britney Spears at the top of the website’s celebrity download index in January, 2004.

On People (USA) magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ list [2004].

Web-site Ananova.com chose him as the sexiest actor in Britain. [2004]

One of People magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors” in 2004.

His cousin, the photographer/director Sebastian Copeland, is Brigitte Nielsen’s ex-husband.

He made archery a very popular sport in the UK. Many youngsters saw him with a bow in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and decided to join archery schools.

Chosen as Teen People’s #1 Hottie for the October 2004 issue.

Chosen as the sexiest male movie star by Empire Magazine. Overall he was 3rd; ahead of him were Keira Knightley (1st) and Angelina Jolie (2nd). [September 2004]

He used to be a vegetarian, but he had to go back to eating meat when he was filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

Named as one of nine “off the charts” sexy superstars by People Magazine in 2004, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Usher Raymond, Colin Farrell, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, and Johnny Depp.

Was visited by Baroness, Maria Von Ritchie Lopez during filming of Lord of The Rings, Return of the King.

Received a great amount of “stage combat” training while at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (as part of the drama program in conjunction with the British Academy of Stage and Theatre

Combat), which helped prepare him a great deal in the characters he has chosen to play, that fight with swords, bows and knives.

He has received an invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, which he plans to do in the near future when he has some time off from working on film. His goal is to perform Hamlet on the Swan stage (RSC main), one of Shakespeare’s most challenging works.

Voted #1 star most women would like to kiss under the mistletoe in a poll for Sky Movies.

Has an older sister, Samantha Bloom.

Graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1999)

Amusingly enough, his 2000 guest appearance in the television show, “Midsomer Murders” (1997) references and discusses J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece “The Lord of the Rings” (Particularly “Lothlorien”), for which he was eventually cast (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)).

Found his dog, Sidi, while filming Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

Wears a replica of the One Ring that says “To wherever it may lead.” It was given to him by one of the makeup artists on LOTR.

Is “mildly dyslexic”.

Has three A-Levels. One A in Art, one A in Photography and one C in Religious Studies.

Can speak French.

His first car was a dark green VW Golf that costed £160.

His first job was as a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range when he was 13.

His favourite vegetable is spinach.

First concert he attended was in Canterbery watching Jamiroquai.

Supports English football team Manchester United.

He used to smoke, but quit in 2002, which started making him bite his nails instead.

Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category on the 2005 ballot for his performance in the film Troy (2004). And he was suggested again the next year in the Worst Actor category for his performances in the films Elizabethtown (2005) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005). He failed to receive either nomination.

Ranked 76 on VH1′s 100 Hottest Hotties.

Is 18 months younger than Judy Greer but still plays her big brother in Elizabethtown (2005).

Split with girlfriend Kate Bosworth [September 5, 2006].

Voted #4 in Elle (France) Magazine’s “15 Sexiest Men” poll (June 2007).

October 2003 – voted to be on the top 10 list of worst autograph signers by “Autograph Collector” magazine.

Is one of only three actors who appear in two of the seven movies that grossed over one billion dollars in the box office: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006). The others are Johnny Depp and Bernard Hill.

Was involved a minor car collision in Hollywood on October 12, 2007. His childhood friend was hospitalized with a minor neck injury.

Nomination for London Newcomer of the Year, for his theatre role in “In Celebration”, Theatregoers’ Choice Awards. [2007/08]

Was named Empire Magazine’s #21 in the list of 100 Sexiest Stars.

Gets name-checked in the theme song to the Disney Channel TV series “Hannah Montana” (2006) when Hannah sings, “Is that Orlando Bloom?”.

Boyfriend of Miranda Kerr [February 21, 2008].

Very good friends with actress Jennifer Aniston.

Was involved in a car collision in L.A. on June 16, 2009. This collision occurred a few miles from his 2007 car collision.

Was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador [October 12, 2009].

Lives in Los Angeles, California.

Engaged to Miranda Kerr [June 21, 2010].

Orlando and Miranda Kerr became the parents of their first child, a boy named Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom, weighing in at 9 pounds, 12 ounces, on January 6, 2011, in Los Angeles.

Appeared twice on the cover of GQ magazine: January ’04 and November ’05.

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2 responses »

  1. Orlander Bloom should play a young sexy vampire.. He is hotter than Edward and Jacob put together.

    Reply
    • Thank you, Dani, for your Comment. Yes, we believe that Orlando would make a great Vampire, too, especially as he made a great Pirate. Hotter than Edward maybe, but what is your POV on Orlando going head to head with Damon from Vamp Diaries? We think maybe Orlando being inserted into Vamp Diaries as Damon and Stefan Salvatore’s long lost Brother or Cousin – what do you think?

      Reply

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