Born: 13 January 1977
Birthplace: Canterbury, Kent, England
Best known as: Legolas in The Lord of the Rings
The actor Orlando Bloom was classically trained at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Shortly after his graduation in 1999 he was cast as the elf Legolas in the feature film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, directed by Peter Jackson and based on the hit fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. The film came out in 2001 and made Bloom both a star and a favorite heartthrob to teenage girls. He also starred in the sequels The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). Orlando Bloom's other films include Wilde (1997), Black Hawk Down (2001, starring Josh Hartnett), The Kelly Gang (2003, with Naomi Watts and Heath Ledger), Elizabethtown (2006, with Kirsten Dunst), and Main Street (2010). Bloom starred alongside Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in the swashbuckling adventures Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and its sequels Dead Man's Chest (2006) and At World's End (2007).
Extra credit: Orlando Bloom married Australian model Miranda Kerr in July of 2010. Their son, Flynn, was born on 6 January 2011... Orlando Bloom is no relation to author Judy Blume.
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