Orlando Bloom

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor.

He made his breakthrough as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series (2001–03). He reprised his role in The Hobbit film series (2013–14). Considered by some to be the Errol Flynn of his time, he gained further notice appearing in epic fantasy, historical, and adventure films, notably as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–07, 2017), Paris in Troy (2004), Balian de Ibelin in Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (2011).

Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom
Bloom in 2013
Born
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom

(1977-01-13) 13 January 1977 (age 47)
Canterbury, Kent, England
EducationGuildhall School of Music and Drama (BA)
Occupation
  • Actor
Years active1994–present
Spouse
(m. 2010; div. 2013)
PartnerKaty Perry (2016–present)
Children2

Bloom appeared in Hollywood films such as the war film Black Hawk Down (2001), the Australian Western Ned Kelly (2003), the romantic comedy Elizabethtown (2005), and New York, I Love You (2007). In 2020 he gained acclaim for the Afghanistan War drama film The Outpost (2020). He also starred in the Amazon Prime Video series Carnival Row (2019–2023).

He made his professional stage debut in In Celebration at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End in 2007 and starred in a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in 2013. He returned to the theatre in a West End revival of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe in 2018. In 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015 he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.

Early life

Bloom was born on 13 January 1977 in Canterbury, Kent, and was named after the 16th-century English composer Orlando Gibbons. He has an older sister, Samantha Bloom.

Bloom initially believed that his biological father was his mother's husband, the South African-born anti-apartheid novelist Harry Bloom (1913–1981), who died when Bloom was four years old. However, when he was thirteen, Bloom's mother revealed to him that his biological father was actually Colin Stone, his mother's partner and family friend. Stone, the principal of the Concorde International language school, became Orlando Bloom's legal guardian after Harry Bloom's death.

Bloom's mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (née Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, the daughter of British parents Francis John Copeland, a physician and surgeon, and Betty Constance Josephine (née Walker), who were from Kent. Through her, Bloom is a cousin of photographer Sebastian Copeland. Bloom's mother's family lived in Tasmania (Australia), Japan, and India.

Bloom was brought up in the Church of England. He attended St Peter's Methodist Primary School, then the junior school of The King's School before proceeding to St Edmund's School Canterbury. Bloom was discovered to be dyslexic, and was encouraged by his mother to take art and drama classes. After being spurred into action following his school prize submission to panto actor Richard Sieben in 1992, in 1993, he moved to London to follow a two-year A-Level course in Drama, Photography and Sculpture at Fine Arts College, Hampstead. He then joined the National Youth Theatre, spending two seasons there and earning a scholarship to train at the British American Drama Academy. Bloom began acting professionally with television roles in episodes of Casualty and Midsomer Murders, and subsequently made his film debut in Wilde (1997), opposite Stephen Fry, before entering the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied acting.

Career

Bloom's first appearance on the screen was in a small role, as a rent boy, in the 1997 film Wilde. Two days after graduating from Guildhall in 1999, he was cast in his first major role, playing Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003). He had originally auditioned for the part of Faramir, who does not appear until the second movie, but the director, Peter Jackson, cast him as Legolas instead. While shooting a scene, he broke a rib after falling off a horse, but eventually recovered and continued shooting. At the same time, Bloom also played a brief role in Ridley Scott's war film Black Hawk Down as PFC Todd Blackburn. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the Teen People "25 Hottest Stars Under 25", despite him having turned 25, and was named People's hottest Hollywood bachelor in the magazine's 2004 list. All members of the cast of the Rings films were nominated for Best Ensemble Acting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for three years in a row, finally winning in 2003 for the third film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Bloom has also won other awards, including European Film Awards, Hollywood Festival Award, Empire Awards and Teen Choice Awards, and has been nominated for many others. Most of Bloom's box office successes have been as part of an ensemble cast.

Orlando Bloom 
Bloom at the 2005 Venice Film Festival

Bloom next starred opposite Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was a blockbuster hit during the summer of 2003. After the success of Pirates, Bloom next took to the screen as Paris, the man who effectively started the Trojan War, in the 2004 Spring blockbuster, Troy opposite Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole. He subsequently played the lead roles in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, both released in 2005, and starred in the 2006 film Haven, which he was also executive producer. In 2006, Bloom was one of the guest stars in the sitcom Extras, in which he portrayed an exaggeratedly arrogant, narcissistic version of himself who had a great loathing for Johnny Depp (his co-star in Pirates of the Caribbean); Bloom pushed for Extras to go further by making his part unlikable, and contributed to the gag about him admiring Depp out of sheer jealousy, that Depp was far more talented than he was, not to mention rated higher than him on the 'top hottest' charts. In 2004, the second and third films of the Pirates of the Caribbean series were conceived, with screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio developing a story arc that would span both sequels, in which Bloom reprised her role as Will Turner. Filming for the projects took place in 2005; Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest released in July 2006, with the worldwide collections of $1.066 billion, becoming the biggest financial hit of Bloom's career. The third installment in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, was released in May, the following year. Afterwards, Bloom repeatedly stated that he was done with Pirates series, noting that there was closure for his character in At World's End. By 2010, both Bloom and Keira Knightley were quoted in saying they wanted to move on from the franchise.

In 2006, Bloom was the most searched male on Google News. As of May 2007, Bloom has appeared in four of the top 15 highest-grossing films of all time. Bloom, who had intended to become a stage actor after graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, had stated that he would like to leave films for a time and instead appear in stage roles, and is "avidly looking for the right sort of material that [he] can do something with" and go "back to basics." During the summer of 2007, he appeared in a London revival of In Celebration, a play by David Storey. His character was one of three brothers returning home for their parents' 40th wedding anniversary. On 24 August 2007 he made his first ever TV commercial appearance on late-night Japanese TV, promoting the Uno brand of cosmetics maker Shiseido. A "one night only", 2-minute version of the Sci-Fi themed commercial kicked off the product's marketing campaign. In 2008 he signed on to play a small role in the British film An Education but dropped out to take the lead in Johnnie To's film Red Circle. Also in 2009, he was one of many stars to appear in New York, I Love You, which contained 12 short films in one.

Orlando Bloom 
Bloom at the 2010 Cinema for Peace gala in Berlin, Germany

In 2011, Bloom appeared in The Three Musketeers opposite Milla Jovovich, Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Juno Temple and Christoph Waltz. Bloom also reprised his role as Legolas in parts two and three of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's three-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in August 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley described Bloom's performance as "a first-rate Broadway debut" in the title role: "For once, we have a Romeo who evolves substantively, from a posturing youth in love with love, to a man who discovers the startling revelation of real love, with a last-act descent into bilious, bitter anger that verges on madness." Bloom made statements about returning to the Pirates franchise as early as October 2011, and there were discussions for him to reprise his role as Will Turner by 2014. Although it was announced as a supporting role, Bloom ultimately made a cameo appearance in the fifth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which was released in May 2017.

Bloom starred in the Trafalgar Studios production of Killer Joe in 2018. Bloom is currently starring in the Amazon Prime TV show Carnival Row, which was filming its second season in Prague before temporarily postponing production due to COVID-19. Together with a number of his Lord of the Rings co-stars (plus writer Philippa Boyens and director Peter Jackson), on 1 June 2020 he joined Josh Gad's YouTube series Reunited Apart which reunites the cast of popular movies through video-conferencing, and promotes donations to non-profit charities.

In July 2020, Bloom starred in the war film The Outpost in which he portrayed the character of captain Benjamin Keating. In 2023, he played Danny Moore, a Nissan marketing executive in the sports film Gran Turismo based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough.

In 2023, Bloom became Chief Wellness Officer and investor at plant-based nutrition brand Form Nutrition.

Personal life

Orlando Bloom 
Bloom at the 2015 British Fashion Awards

Bloom has said that he tries "not to exclude himself from real life as much as possible." During filming in Morocco for Kingdom of Heaven, Bloom rescued and adopted a dog, Sidi (a black Saluki mix with a white mark on his chest).

In 2004, he became a full member of SGI-UK (the UK branch of Soka Gakkai International), a lay Buddhist association affiliated with the teachings of Nichiren.

Bloom has also been a part of Global Green, an environmental company, since the early 2000s. As part of his environmental involvement, he has renovated his London home to use solar panels, incorporate recycled materials, and has used energy efficient lightbulbs. Bloom has been approached by UNICEF to act as an international ambassador.

Involved in modelling work, in 2002 he starred opposite English actress Kate Beckinsale in a Gap television advertisement directed by Cameron Crowe.

Bloom has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in fictional Tengwar Elvish script, a reference to his involvement in The Lord of the Rings as one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. The other actors of "The Fellowship" (Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and Elijah Wood) got the same tattoo with the exception of John Rhys-Davies whose stunt double got the tattoo instead. Bloom also has a tattoo of a sun on his lower left abdomen, which he got at age 15 before moving to London.

On 12 February 2009, Bloom actively participated in the 'Australia Unites' fundraiser to raise support for the victims of the Australian bushfires on 7 February 2009.

Orlando Bloom 
Appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009, Bloom speaking to a schoolboy in Ukraine in 2016

On 12 October 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He has been involved in the organisation since 2007 and has visited schools and villages in Nepal in support of sanitation and education programmes. Bloom also visited the city of Sloviansk in the east of Ukraine in April 2016 to raise awareness of the education crisis facing children during the Russo-Ukrainian war in 2014–2015. In 2023, Bloom returned to Ukraine again as a Goodwill Ambassador. Bloom met children affected by the war at a children's centre in Kyiv and met Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Bloom has sustained several injuries: he broke his left arm and cracked his skull three times, broke his nose while playing rugby union, broke his right leg skiing in Switzerland, broke his left leg in a motorbike crash, and broke his right wrist while snowboarding. He also broke his back when he slipped trying to reach a roof terrace of a friend's house and fell three floors. He also broke some ribs while shooting The Lord of the Rings.

On 13 July 2009, four hooded teenagers broke into the Hollywood Hills home of Bloom and stole nearly half a million dollars' worth of possessions. The burglars, dubbed the "Bling Ring," targeted the homes of celebrities. Most of Bloom's stolen items were retrieved.

Relationships

Bloom had an "on-and-off relationship" with American actress Kate Bosworth, from 2003 until ending the relationship in September 2006.

In late 2007, Bloom began dating Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr. They announced their engagement in June 2010, and were married the following month. Kerr gave birth to their son on 6 January 2011 in Los Angeles. On 25 October 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had separated several months earlier, and intended to end their marriage. They were divorced by the end of 2013.

In 2014, Bloom was in a relationship with French actress Nora Arnezeder.

Bloom began dating American singer and songwriter Katy Perry in January 2016; however, the couple confirmed in February 2017 that they had split. They resumed their relationship in February 2018, and became engaged on 14 February 2019. On 5 March 2020, it was revealed through the music video for Perry's song "Never Worn White" that the couple were expecting their first child together. Perry gave birth to their daughter on 26 August 2020.

Achievements

Bloom appeared in his home city of Canterbury on 13 July 2010 when he was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral. For contributions to the film industry, Bloom was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 April 2014. His motion pictures walk of fame star is located at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Wilde Rentboy
2001 Black Hawk Down PFC Todd Blackburn
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Legolas
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Legolas
2003 Ned Kelly Joseph Byrne
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Will Turner
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Legolas
2004 The Calcium Kid Jimmy "The Calcium Kid" Connelly
Troy Paris
Haven Shy Also co-producer
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Balian de Ibelin
Elizabethtown Drew Baylor
2006 Love and Other Disasters Hollywood Paolo Cameo
The Armenian Genocide Auguste Berneau Documentary
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Will Turner
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Will Turner
Everest: A Climb for Peace Narrator Documentary
2009 New York, I Love You David Cooler Segment: "Shunji Iwai"
2010 Sympathy for Delicious The Stain
Main Street Harris Parker
2011 The Good Doctor Dr. Martin E. Blake Also executive producer
Fight for Your Right Revisited Johnny Ryall Short film
The Three Musketeers George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
2013 Zulu Brian Epkeen
The Bling Ring Himself Archived footage
Romeo and Juliet Romeo Theatrical release of the Broadway play he starred in
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Legolas
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Legolas
2015 Digging for Fire Ben
2017 Unlocked Jack Alcott
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Will Turner Cameo
Romans Malky
S.M.A.R.T. Chase Danny Stratton
2020 The Outpost Captain Benjamin D. Keating
2021 Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry Himself Documentary
Needle in a Timestack Tommy Hambleton
2023 Gran Turismo Danny Moore
2024 Red Right Hand Cash
Peppa's Cinema Party Mr. Raccoon Voice role
Wizards! TBA Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1994–1996 Casualty Noel Harrison Episodes: "Care in the Community", "Another Day in Paradise", "Made in Britain"
2000 Midsomer Murders Peter Drinkwater Episode: "Judgement Day"
2006 Extras Himself Episode: "Orlando Bloom"
2011 LA Phil Live Romeo Episode: "Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky"
2016 Easy Tom Episode: "Utopia"
2017 Tour de Pharmacy Juju Peppi Television film
Stairway to Stardom Himself 3 episodes
2019–2023 Carnival Row Rycroft Philostrate Main role; also executive producer
2021 The Prince Prince Harry (voice)
2021 CBeebies Bedtime Story Himself Reading Littlest Dreamer: A Bedtime Adventure by Suzanne Smith

Theatre

Year Title Playwright Role Venue
2007 In Celebration David Storey Steven Duke of York's Theatre, West End
2013 Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Romeo Richard Rodgers Theatre, Broadway
2018 Killer Joe Tracy Letts Joe Cooper Trafalgar Studios 1, West End

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Legolas (voice)
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King archive sound
2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
2012 Lego The Lord of the Rings
2014 Lego The Hobbit
2015 Lego Dimensions
2016 Disney Magic Kingdoms Will Turner

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2001 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Won
Empire Awards Best Debut Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Won
Saturn Awards Face of the Future – Male Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout (Male) Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast Black Hawk Down Nominated
2002 Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2003 MTV Movie Awards Best Trans-Atlantic Performance Nominated
Australian Film Institute Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Ned Kelly Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Cast The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Won
National Board of Review Awards Best Cast Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
Empire Awards Best British Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor – Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
Hollywood Film Festival Breakthrough Acting – Male Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Chemistry Won
Choice Movie Liplock Won
2004 MTV Movie Awards Mexico Sexiest Hero Won
MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team Nominated
2005 Jameson People's Choice Award Best European Actor Kingdom of Heaven Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Liplock Nominated
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice Rumble Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Won
Choice Liplock Won
Choice Actor: Drama/Action Adventure Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Rumble Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Nominated
National Movie Awards Best Performance by a Male Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action Movie Actor Won
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Won
Best On-Screen Transformation Nominated
2015 Britannia Awards Britannia Humanitarian Award Honorary
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Liplock (shared with Keira Knightley) Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Nominated

References

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