ORLANDO BLOOM was born on January 13, 1977 in Canterbury,
Kent, England, where he was raised by his mother along with his sister Samantha who is 2 years older. His father,
Harry, who died when Orlando was just 4, was an anti-apartheid activist and novelist. When Orlando was 13, his mother told him that Harry was not his biological father, that Colin was. Orlando
and his sister were exposed to art from an early age, when their mother encouraged them to participate in the local Kent Festival.
Although he started by reciting poetry, he soon became interested in acting when he realized that "Superman" Christopher Reeve
was an actor. Orlando moved to London in 1993 when he was 16 to pursue a career in acting at the National Youth Theatre,
where he remained for 2 years. He then received a scholarship to the British American Drama Academy. It was during this time
that Orlando played the lead role in A Walk in the Vienna Woods, which secured his first agent, leading to his role in
Wilde, a film about Oscar Wilde. Orlando then decided to continue his studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of
Music and Drama in London, where he performed in various productions, including Twelfth Night, The Seagull, Mephisto, and
Mystery Plays. He also obtained small guest roles in British television shows such as "Casualty," "The Ben Elton show" and
later, "Midsomer Murders." While still in school, in 1998, Orlando fell 2 stories and broke his back while trying to
climb onto a friend's rooftop terrace. He was almost paralyzed, but thankfully after undergoing surgery and a 12 day stay
in the hospital, Orlando was able to walk out on crutches. He has repeatedly stated in interviews how lucky he was, as well
as the fact that he is rather 'accident prone.' Orlando has broken a rib, his nose, both legs, an arm, a wrist, a finger,
a toe, and has cracked his scull 3 times. In 1999, at the age of 22, just 3 days before graduating from Guildhall, Orlando
was cast as the elf prince Legolas in the highly anticipated Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He had originally auditioned
for the role of Faramir, son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor, but was chosen instead to play Legolas. After graduation,
Orlando left for New Zealand to spend the next year and a half filming Lord of the Rings. He was required to learn swordplay,
archery and horse back riding to prepare for the role of Legolas. To realistically portray the Elvin prince's super-human
qualities, Orlando worked hard to manage his posture and composure, as well as developing a style of combat based on the characters
in Akira Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. During filming, Orlando became close friends with many of his fellow actors, hence
the idea for all 9 of the actors of the fellowship to get tattoos of the elvish symbol for 'nine'. Orlando got
his on his forearm, bringing the total to 2 (he has one other tattoo, a small sun below his belly button). Getting a tattoo
wasn't the only thing Orlando and the rest of the cast did with their spare time. He soon became known as the daredevil, frequently
going bungee jumping, snow boarding, and even learningto surf.
- Has brown eyes and naturally brown curly hair.
- Is 5`11ft tall or 180cm.
- His nickname is Orli
- Not married yet, dating Kate Bosworth at the moment.
- It was rumored that Orlando was briefly engaged to model
Jemma Kidd. Orli himself has denied comment.
- He's a strict vegetarian, and stays away from dairy
- Likes to eat pasta, pizza, oatmeal, rice and vegetables
and baked potatoes.
- He recently quit smoking and now bites his nails.
- He's called himself 'accident prone' and has broken a
rib, his nose, both legs, a wrist, an arm, a finger and a toe, and has cracked his scull 3 times... jeez!
- He broke his back a year before doing LOTR, when he was
trying to climb onto his friend's terrace. He was almost paralyzed but luckily walked out of the hospital ok.
- His favorite color is yellow.
- He has A-levels in theatre, photography, and sculpture.
- Had a dog named Maude, now he adopted new dog.
- He speaks French.
- Loves soccer, Manchester United especially, David
Beckham and Madrid are OK as well;-)
- His fave actors are Johnny Depp, Edward Norton,
Paul Newman, and Daniel Day-Lewis.
- His fave movies include; Stand By Me,The Hustler
- As a kid, he was dyslexic, and now he says he is
- He says he's currently into "all sorts of music,
mostly the Ben Harper, the David Gray, and the Bob Dylan type of folk music."
- He wears
a replica of the One ring that says "To wherever it may lead." It was given to him by one of the make-up artists on LOTR.