Orlando Bloom is a British actor, known for his roles in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series. Though he began his career with minor roles in feature films, he soon started hogging the limelight with his portrayal of the elf prince ‘Legolas’ in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series. Subsequently, he appeared in popular films, including the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, ‘Troy,’ and ‘New York, I Love You’ among others. His performances earned him appreciation, and he was offered leading roles in films like ‘Kingdom of Heaven.’ Apart from feature films, he also showcased interest in exploring theatre, and gave his debut stage performance at the ‘Duke of York's Theatre,’ London in 2007. He also has a Broadway performance to his credit, as he played the lead role of ‘Romeo’ in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Thanks to his stellar performances on screen, Orlando Bloom has received several awards and accolades, including ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards,’ ‘National Movie Awards,’ and ‘Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.’ Apart from his acting career, Bloom has been actively involved in various humanitarian causes, and was named a ‘UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador’ in 2009.
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born on 13 January 1977, in Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom. His mother Sonia ran a foreign language school. Her husband was the Jewish South African-born anti-Apartheid novelist Harry Saul Bloom, whom Orlando believed to be his father. He also has a sister named Samantha Bloom.
When he was 13 years old, his mother revealed to him that his biological father was Colin Stone, the then-principal of ‘Concorde International language school.’
He was raised in the Church of England, and attended ‘St Peter's Methodist Primary School.’ He was later transferred to ‘King's School’ and then to ‘St Edmund's School’ in Canterbury. During his childhood, he was discovered to be dyslexic.
Orlando Bloom was encouraged to pursue drama and arts by his mother. In 1993, he moved to London to take up a two-year course in drama, photography, and sculpture at ‘Fine Arts College.’ He also enrolled at the ‘National Youth Theatre,’ and earned a scholarship to train at the ‘British American Drama Academy.’
He took up some professional acting projects prior to attending the ‘Guildhall School of Music and Drama’ in London to study acting. He graduated in 1999.
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Orlando Bloom began his acting career with a minor role in the feature film ‘Wilde’ (1997).
In 1999, he was cast as ‘Legolas,’ which turned out to be his first major role, in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy (2001-2003). The trilogy included ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ (2001), ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2002), and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003). Meanwhile, he also appeared in a minor role in ‘Black Hawk Down’ (2001).
In 2003, he was cast alongside actors like Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in the fantasy swashbuckler film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.’ The feature film was a commercial success.
In 2004, he became part of the epic adventure war film ‘Troy,’ starring alongside Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. In 2005, he starred in movies, such as ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Elizabethtown.’
He acted in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest’ (2006). He also played the lead role in the film ‘Haven,’ of which he was the executive producer as well. He also made a guest appearance in the sitcom ‘Extras’ during that year.
In 2007, Orlando Bloom reprised his role as ‘Will Turner’ in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.’ At the time, he stated that he would like to take a break from feature films to explore options in theatre. In the summer of 2007, he appeared in the revival of the play ‘In Celebration’ by David Storey. The same year, he also made his television commercial debut, appearing in a commercial for the multinational personal care company ‘Shiseido.’
In 2008, he played the lead in Johnnie To's feature film ‘Red Circle.’ The following year, he appeared in the anthology film ‘New York, I Love You.’ The film comprised 12 short stories.
In 2011, he was cast in feature films like ‘The Good Doctor’ and ‘The Three Musketeers.’
In 2013 and 2014, he appeared in ‘The Hobbit’ film series. A prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy, ‘The Hobbit’ film series includes ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013) and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (2014).
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In 2013, he also made his Broadway debut with the portrayal of ‘Romeo’ in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the ‘Richard Rodgers Theatre,’ New York City.
In 2017, he became part of the fifth installment of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series – ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ The same year, he also played important roles in films like ‘Unlocked,’ ‘Romans,’ and ‘S.M.A.R.T. Chase.’
Apart from acting, he has also voiced characters in video games, such as ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2002) and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003).
In May 2018, Bloom was cast to play ‘Benjamin D. Keating’ in the war drama film ‘The Outpost.’ Based on Jake Tapper’s novel ‘The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,’ the film also stars Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, and Milo Gibson in prominent roles.
Orlando Bloom is a versatile actor, best known for his roles in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series.
Awards & Achievements
In 2001, he won the ‘Phoenix Film Critics Society Award’ for ‘Best Cast,’ ‘Empire Award’ for ‘Best Debut,’ and ‘MTV Movie Award’ for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ for his role in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.’
The following year, he received the ‘Online Film Critics Society Award’ and ‘Phoenix Film Critics Society Award’ for his performance in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.’
His performance in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ earned him awards like ‘Broadcast Film Critics Association Award,’ ‘National Board of Review Award,’ ‘Phoenix Film Critics Society Award,’ and ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ in 2003.
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In 2003, he received the ‘Breakthrough Acting – Male’ award at ‘Hollywood Film Festival’ for his performance in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.’ Other awards that he received for his performance in this film include ‘Teen Choice Awards’ and ‘MTV Movie Award’ (2004).
In 2005, he was awarded the ‘Jameson People's Choice Award’ for ‘Best European Actor’ for his role in ‘Kingdom of Heaven.’
He once again won the ‘Teen Choice Award’ under the categories, ‘Choice Liplock’ and ‘Choice Rumble,’ for his performance in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.’
In 2007, he won the ‘National Movie Award’ for ‘Best Performance by a Male’ for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.’ His performance also earned him the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure.’
‘The MTV Movie Award’ for ‘Best Fight’ was awarded to him for his role in the film ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’
In 2015, he was honored with the ‘Britannia Humanitarian Award.’
Personal Life & Legacy
Orlando Bloom practices Buddhism under ‘Soka Gakkai International.’ He became a full member of the UK branch of ‘Soka Gakkai International’ in 2004.
He enjoys activities like mountain bike riding and yoga.
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He adopted a black Saluki mix dog from Morocco and named him Sidi.
Between 2003 and 2006, he was involved in an on-again, off-again relationship with Kate Bosworth.
In 2007, he began dating model Miranda Kerr. The couple got engaged in June 2010 and married a month later. They had a son, whom they named Flynn Christopher Bloom, in January 2011. In 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had parted ways. They eventually got divorced in late 2013.
In 2016, he started a relationship with singer Katy Perry. However, they parted ways by March 2017. Bloom and Perry got back together in 2018 and got engaged in February 2019.
He has sustained multiple injuries during his career. He fractured his legs, right wrist, and left arm in separate incidents. He has also cracked his skull thrice, and broken his ribs and back.
Orlando Bloom has been associated with several organizations for humanitarian causes. Since the early-2000s, he has been a part of the environmental company ‘Global Green.’
In 2009, he participated in the Australia Unites' fundraiser to contribute to the victims of the 2009 Australian bushfires. Also in 2009, he was named a ‘UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.’ He has been supporting the sanitation and education initiatives of ‘UNICEF’ since 2007.
Orlando Bloom has an estimated net worth of USD 40 million.
Orlando Bloom is known to have two tattoos on his body; a tattoo of the Sun on his lower left abdomen and a tattoo of the Elvish word ‘nine’ on his right wrist.