Orlando Bloom Biography

Orlando Bloom is a British actor, popularly known for his role in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about his life.

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Birthday: January 13, 1977

Nationality: British

Famous: School Dropouts Actors

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Age: 41 Years

Born in: Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actor

Height: 1.8 m

Spouse/Ex-: Miranda Kerr (m. 2010–2013)

father: Colin Stone

mother: Sonia Constance Josephine (née Copeland)

siblings: Samantha Bloom

children: Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom

Diseases & Disabilities: Dyslexia

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education: The King's School Canterbury, St Edmund's School, Fine Arts College, British American Drama Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama

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Orlando Bloom is a British actor, popularly known for his roles in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ films. Though he began his career with minor roles in feature films, he soon rose to stardom with his portrayal of the elf prince ‘Legolas’ in the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Subsequently he appeared in films that included the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series, ‘Troy’, ‘New York, I Love You’ and many more. His performances earned much appreciation both critically and commercially and he was offered leading roles in films like ‘Kingdom of Heaven’. Apart from feature films, he also stated his interest in exploring theatre and appeared in his debut performance at the Duke of York's Theatre, London in 2007. He also has a Broadway performance to his credit, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, in which he played the lead role of Romeo. Orlando Bloom has received several awards and accolades owing to his stellar performances on screen including the Screen Actors Guild Awards, National Movie Awards and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. Apart from his acting career, Orlando Bloom has been actively involved in various humanitarian causes and was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009.

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Orlando Bloom
Childhood
  • Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born on 13 January 1977 at Canterbury, Kent, in the 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; nine years after Harry’s death, his mother revealed that his biological father was Colin Stone, the then-principal of the Concorde International language school.
  • He was raised in the Church of England and attended the St Peter's Methodist Primary School initially. He was later transferred to the King's School and St Edmund's School in Canterbury. During childhood he was discovered to be dyslexic.
  • Orlando Bloom was encouraged to pursue drama and arts by his mother and in 1993 he shifted to London to take up a two year course in Drama, Photography and Sculpture at the Fine Arts College. He also enrolled in 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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Career
  • Orlando Bloom began his career in acting with a minor role in the feature film ‘Wilde’ (1997).
  • In 1999, he was cast in his first major role, as Legolas 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 brief role in ‘Black Hawk Down’ (2001).
  • In 2003, he was cast alongside actors Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in fantasy swashbuckler film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’. The feature film was a commercial success.
  • In 2004, he was part of the epic adventure war film ‘Troy’ opposite Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. In 2005, he starred in the movies ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Elizabethtown’.
  • He acted in the sequel ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest’ (2006). Also, he played the lead role in feature 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 once again played the role of Will Turner, in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End’. At the time, he stated his interest in taking a break from feature films to explore options in theatre. In the summer of 2007, he appeared in the revival play ‘In Celebration’ by David Storey. He also made his first television commercial appearance that year, for Uno brand of cosmetics ‘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 contained 12 short stories.
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  • In 2011 he was part of feature films like ‘The Good Doctor’ and ‘The Three Musketeers’.
  • In 2013 and 2014, he appeared in ‘The Hobbit’ series, the prequel to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy; these films were ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ (2013) and ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (2014).
  • In 2013, he also made his Broadway stage debut with the portrayal of Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City.
  • It has been announced that he is part of the fifth installment of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean film series’ – ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’, scheduled for a release in May 2017. Other feature films that are scheduled for release in 2017 include ‘Unlocked’, ‘Romans’ and ‘S.M.A.R.T. Chase’.
  • Apart from acting, he has lent his voice to the video games ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ (2002) and ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ (2003).
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Major Works
  • Orlando Bloom is a versatile actor best known for his roles in the film series ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’.
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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 performance in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’.
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  • The following year he received the Online Film Critics Society Award and Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for ‘Best Cast’, for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’.
  • His performance in the ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ earned him awards like Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, National Board of Review Awards, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2003.
  • He was the recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival - Breakthrough Acting – Male award in 2003 for his performance in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’. Other awards he received for his performance in this feature film include Teen Choice Awards in several categories and the MTV Movie Awards (2004).
  • In 2005, he was awarded the Jameson People's Choice Award for Best European Actor for ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.
  • He was once again the recipient of the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Lip lock and Choice Movie Rumble, for his performance in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest’.
  • In 2007 he won the National Movie Awards for Best Performance by a Male for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End’. The performance also earned him the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure.
  • The MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight was awarded to him for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
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  • In 2015 he was honored with the Britannia Humanitarian Award.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Orlando Bloom is practicing Buddhism under Soka Gakkai International. He became a full member of the UK branch of Soka Gakkai International in 2004.
  • He is known to enjoy athletic activities like mountain bike riding and yoga.
  • He adopted a black Saluki mix dog from Morocco and named him Sidi.
  • Between 2003 and 2006 he was in an on and off romantic relationship with actress 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 Flynn Christopher Bloom in January 2011. However, in 2013 they announced they had parted ways and intended to get divorced, which they got by the end of 2013.
  • In 2016, he was in a relationship with singer Katy Perry. However, the couple split ways by March 2017.
  • He has sustained multiple injuries in his lifetime. 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.
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Humanitarian Works
  • 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.
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Net Worth
  • Orlando Bloom has an estimated net worth of USD 40 million.
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Trivia
  • 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.
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1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

  (Drama, Fantasy, Adventure)

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

  (Drama, Fantasy, Adventure)

3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

  (Adventure, Action, Drama, Fantasy)

4. Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011)

  (Comedy, Short, Music)

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

  (Fantasy, Action, Adventure)

6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

  (Fantasy, Adventure)

7. Black Hawk Down (2001)

  (History, War, Drama)

8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

  (Adventure, Fantasy)

Awards

MTV Movie & TV Awards
2014 Best Fight The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
2002 Breakthrough Male Performance The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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Last Updated
- April 05, 2017

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