Orlando Bloom Biography

Birthday: 1977-01-13
Place of Birth: Canterbury, Kent
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Secrets of Superstar Fitness 2002 Family
The Three Musketeers Duke of Buckingham 2011 Action
Kings of the Ring Legolas 2013
The Returned (2000) Legolas 2013 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Ned Kelly Joseph Byrne 1970 0, Fantasy
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Legolas Greenleaf 2001 0, 0
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Legolas Greenleaf 2002 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Legolas 2003 0, 0
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Will Turner 2003 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Troy Paris 2004 0, 0
Haven Shy 2004
Ringers: Lord of the Fans 2005
Elizabethtown Drew Baylor 2005 0, 0
Kingdom of Heaven Balian de Ibelin 2005 Action, Adventure, History
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Will Turner 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Will Turner 2007 0
Everest: A Climb for Peace 2007 Documentary
The Cross 2008
New York, I Love You David (segment "Shunji Iwai") 2008 Biography, 0
Main Street Harris Parker 2010 0
The Three Musketeers Duke of Buckingham 2011 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Good Doctor Dr. Martin Blake 2012 Drama, Thriller
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Legolas 2013 0, 0
Zulu Brian Epkeen 2013 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Hobbit: There and Back Again Legolas 2014 Adventure, Fantasy
Romans Malky 2016 Drama