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Orlando Bloom
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Birth Name: Orlando Bloom
Birthdate: January 13, 1977
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
Occupation: Actor
Quote: "I'm rather accident-prone, I have to admit. I've broken my back, my ribs, my nose, both my legs, my arm, my wrist, my finger and a toe and I've cracked my skull three times." --Interview, November 2001
Orlando Bloom Photo

Claim to Fame: Played the blond elf-warrior Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Family:
Father: Died when Bloom was four years old
Sister: Samantha Bloom, actress; attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Biography
With his dark brown hair, soulful dark eyes and chiseled cheekbones, actor Orlando Bloom may at first seem an odd choice to play the Elven warrior Legolas in Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkein classic "The Lord of the Rings". Wearing a blond wig and appropriately costumed, though, he cut a dashing and charismatic figure. Born and raised in Canterbury, England, Bloom joined the National Youth Theatre at age 16 and spent two years honing his craft before winning a scholarship to London's British American Drama Academy. He went on to make his film debut as an attractive rent boy in "Wilde" (1997), the biopic of Irish playwright Oscar Wilde before furthering his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Shortly after his 1999 graduation, Bloom was cast in the star-making part of Legolas in the tripartite feature that was filmed over a two-year period (1999-2000). Rolled out over three consecutive years, the films, "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002) and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), solidified the young actor's standing as a rising talent. For his first follow-up part, he was seen in the ensemble of the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced, Ridley Scott-directed war drama "Black Hawk Down" (2001).

Filmography
Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)

Factoids:
Selected as one of E! Online's Sizzlin' Sixteen (2002)

Education:
St. Edmund's School, Canterbury, England
British American Drama Academy, London, England
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, England

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