Born in 1977 in Canterbury, UK, Orlando Bloom set his mind on becoming an actor at an early age when he discovered that Superman Christopher Reeve was an actor. His first memorable appearance, a cameo in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde (1997), earned him - only 20 years old by that time - various film offers, all of which he turned down in favour of playing in theatre for three years. He was wildly successful, appearing in plays like The Seagull, Twelfth Night and Trojan Women.
Orlando Bloom shot to fame with his starring role in the The Lord of the Rings films. As the elf Legolas, Bloom shot arrows off the screen and straight into the hearts of women worldwide. Another trilogy, The Pirates of the Caribbean, in which he starred alongside fellow Brit Keira Knightley, sealed his status as one of the world's biggest movie stars.
Date and Place of Birth: January 13, 1977; Canterbury, Kent, England
Height: 180cm; 5' 11"
Family: Father: Colin Stone (British teacher, biological father), Harry Bloom (he was lead to believe that he's his real dad - a famous South African lawyer, writer and activist); Mother: Sonia Bloom; Sister: Samantha Bloom (actress; 2 years older)
Relationship: Kate Bosworth (actress; born on January 2, 1983; began dating in the spring of 2002; split in January 2005; back together now)
Quotation: "I remember one time that I was filming a scene in whych my character rides through Troy on a chariot. I just looked around at this incredible set thinking 'This is the life'."
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