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Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. After having his breakthrough as in, he rose to fame by further appearing in epic fantasy, historical epic, and fantasy adventure films. His other roles include Legolas in trilogy, in the series, and in (2004).

Bloom subsequently established himself as a in Hollywood films such as Balian de Ibelin in 's (2005) and (2005). He made his professional stage debut in 's at the in London in 2007 and starred in a adaption of in 2013. In 2009, Bloom was named a Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015 he received the.

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Early life

Bloom was born in 1977 in,, and was named after the 16th-century English composer. He has an older sister, Samantha Bloom.

Orlando initially believed that his biological father was his mother's husband (his stepfather), the South African-born anti- novelist (1913–81), 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, India, the daughter of Francis John Copeland, a physician and surgeon, and Betty Constance Josephine (née Walker). Through her, Bloom is a cousin of photographer. Bloom's mother's family lived in (Australia), Japan, and India, and were of English descent, some of them having originally come from.

Bloom was brought up in the. He attended St Peter's Methodist Primary School, then the junior school of the before proceeding to in Canterbury. Bloom was discovered to be, 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 course in Drama, Photography and Sculpture at, Hampstead. He then joined the, 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 and, and subsequently made his film debut in (1997), opposite, before entering the in London, where he studied acting.

Bloom's first appearance on the screen was in a small role, as a, in the 1997 film. Two days after graduating from Guildhall in 1999, he was cast in his first major role, playing in (2001–2003). He had originally auditioned for the part of, who does not appear until the second movie, but the director,, 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 's war film as PFC Todd Blackburn. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the "25 Hottest Stars Under 25" and was named '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 for three years in a row, finally winning in 2003 for the third film,. Bloom has also won other awards, including, Hollywood Festival Award, and, and has been nominated for many others. Most of Bloom's box office successes have been as part of an.

Bloom next starred opposite and in, 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, in the 2004 Spring blockbuster, opposite, and. He subsequently played the lead roles in Ridley Scott's and 's (both 2005). In 2006, Bloom starred in sequel and in the independently made, of which he was also executive producer. In the same year he was one of the guest stars in the sitcom, in which he portrayed an exaggeratedly arrogant, version of himself who had a great loathing for (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. Also in 2006, Bloom was the most searched male on. As of May 2007, Bloom has appeared in four of the top 15 highest-grossing films of all time.

Bloom then again portrayed Will Turner, in, released on 24 May 2007. 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, a play by. 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 but dropped out to take the lead in 's film Red Circle. Also in 2009, he was one of many stars to appear in, which contained 12 short films in one. He then appeared in opposite,,,,, and, released in 2011.

Bloom reprised his role as Legolas in parts two and three of, Peter Jackson's three-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Bloom made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in in August 2013 at the.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."

In October 2011, Bloom stated that he would like to return for a. Bloom did reprise his character, Will Turner, in a supporting role in the fifth film,, which was released in May 2017.

Bloom is currently starring in the production of.

Personal life

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

Bloom is a practising Buddhist under. In 2004, he became a full member of SGI-UK (the UK branch of ), a lay association affiliated with the teachings of.

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

Bloom has a of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in fictional Elvish script, a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings as one of the nine members of the. The other actors of "The Fellowship" (,,,,,, and ) got the same tattoo with the exception of whose stunt double got the tattoo instead. Bloom also has a tattoo of a sun on his lower left abdomen, which he got at the age of 15 just before moving to London.

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

On 12 October 2009, Bloom was named a Goodwill Ambassador. He has been involved in the organisation since 2007 and has visited schools and villages in in support of sanitation and education programmes.

Bloom has sustained several injuries: he broke his left arm and cracked his skull three times, broke his nose while playing, 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 home of Orlando Bloom and stole nearly half a million dollars' worth of possessions. The burglars, dubbed the "", targeted the homes of young celebrities. Most of Bloom's stolen items were retrieved.

Relationships

Bloom had an "on-and-off relationship" with American actress, from 2003 until splitting up for good in September 2006.

In late 2007, Bloom began dating Australian supermodel. They announced their engagement in June 2010, and were married the following month. Kerr gave birth to their son, Flynn Christopher Bloom, in 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. The two were divorced by the end of 2013.

Bloom began dating pop singer shortly after the in January 2016. However, the couple confirmed their split in February 2017. They resumed their relationship in April 2018.

Accolades

Filmography

Television Year Title Role Notes 1994–96 Noel Harrison 3 episodes (Care in the Community, Another Day in Paradise, Made in Britain) 2000 Peter Drinkwater 1 episode (Judgement Day) 2006 Himself 1 episode (Orlando Bloom) 2011 Romeo 1 episode (Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky) 2016 Tom 1 episode (Utopia) 2017 Juju Peppi TV movie 2017 Himself 1 episode 2019 Rycroft Philostrate Series regular

Awards and nominations

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