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Orlando Bloom
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Orlando Bloom starring as Will Turner in Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean'
About Orlando Bloom - 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 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, Midsomer Murders and Smack the Pony. He even appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde.

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, 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.

Orlando Bloom poses for a magazine photo shoot

During the filming for Lord of the Rings, Orlando fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs.

Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25. [2002]

Originally auditioned to play the role of Faramir in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but lost out on that role and was instead asked to play the role of Legolas.

Learned to surf during the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy in New Zealand.

He won the 2002 MVT Movie Award for 'Breakthrough Male'.

Was nominated with the entire The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002) (VG) cast for Best Ensemble Acting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Won the award at the 2002 Empire Awards for 'Best Debut'.

Underwent a great deal of training with knives, horseback riding, canoeing and archery before his role as Legolas.

According to Screensavers.com, Orlando Bloom replaced Britney Spears at the top of the website's celebrity download index in January, 2004.

Became so skilled with the bow in his training for The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, that in the end his coach would throw plates in the air and he would hit them with one shot.

On People (USA) magazine's '50 Most Beautiful' list [2004].

Site Ananova.com chose him as the sexiest actor in Britain (2004)

One of People magazine's Hottest Bachelors in 2004

His cousin, the photographer/director Sebastian Copeland was Brigitte Nielsen 's ex-husband.

He made archery a very popular sport in the UK. Many youngsters saw him with a bow in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and decided to join archery schools.

Chosen as Teen People's #1 Hottie for the October 2004 issue

Orlando Bloom as Legolas in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy

Chosen as the sexiest male movie star by Empire Magazine. Overall he was 3rd, ahead of him were Keira Knightley (1st) and Angelina Jolie (2nd). [September 2004]

He used to be a vegetarian, but he had to go back to eating meat when he was filming Lord Of The Rings.

Named as one of nine off the charts sexy superstars by People Magazine in 2004, along with Jake Gyllenhaal , Usher Raymond , Colin Farrell , Brad Pitt , Matt Damon , Ben Affleck , Bruce Willis , and Johnny Depp .

Was visited by Countess, Seidy Maria Lopez during the filming of the Lord of the Rings, the Return of the King in New Zeland.

Received a great amount of 'stage combat' training while at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (as part of the drama program in conjunction with the British Academy of Stage and Theatre Combat) which helped prepare him a great deal in the characters he has choosen to play, that fight with swords, bows and knives.

He has received an invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, which he plans to do in the near future when he has some time off from working on film. His goal is to perform Hamlet on the Swan stage (RSC main), one of Shakespeare's most challenging works.

Voted #1 star most women would like to kiss under the mistletoe in a poll for Sky Movies.

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