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Born Jan. 13, 1977, in Canterbury, England, Orlando Bloom was the son of South African political activist Harry Bloom (who died when Orlando was 4 years old). Although hampered by dyslexia, Orlando excelled in the arts as a child and joined the National Youth Theatre in London at age 16.

While training at the British American Drama Academy, Bloom landed minor roles on BBC shows and had a small role in the 1997 biopic Wilde. Director Peter Jackson discovered Bloom performing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1999 and cast him as archer Legolas Greenleaf in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

With the international success of Lord of the Rings came overnight stardom, and Bloom was in demand, playing major roles and adorning magazine covers. He portrayed a U.S. soldier in Black Hawk Down, hero Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, and Paris in 2004's Troy.

Orlando Bloom in Wilde

Wilde

1997 R

Stephen Fry stars as playwright Oscar Wilde in this lush historical drama, which follows the larger-than-life personality from his marriage to his wife, Constance, to his torrid affair with a young Oxford graduate that brought about his downfall.

  • Orlando Bloom in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Orlando Bloom in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl Pirates of the Caribbean: Black Pearl
  • Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Orlando Bloom in Troy Troy
  • Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Orlando Bloom in Kingdom of Heaven Kingdom of Heaven
  • Orlando Bloom in LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed. LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed.
  • Orlando Bloom in LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed.
  • Orlando Bloom in The Three Musketeers The Three Musketeers
  • Orlando Bloom in Digging for Fire Digging for Fire
  • Orlando Bloom in LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed. LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed.
  • Orlando Bloom in Ned Kelly Ned Kelly
  • Orlando Bloom in Elizabethtown Elizabethtown
  • Orlando Bloom in The Good Doctor The Good Doctor
  • Orlando Bloom in The Best of So Graham Norton The Best of So Graham Norton
  • Orlando Bloom in Ringers: Lord of the Fans Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Orlando Bloom in New York, I Love You New York, I Love You
  • Orlando Bloom in Haven Haven
  • Orlando Bloom in Sympathy for Delicious Sympathy for Delicious
  • Orlando Bloom in Main Street Main Street