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ORLANDO BLOOM (Balian) made his feature film debut starring as Legolas in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, a role he continued to play to great acclaim in the second and third installments of the trilogy: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Bloom previously worked with director Ridley Scott on the award-winning Black Hawk Down. Recently Bloom starred opposite Johnny Depp in Jerry Bruckheimer's hugely successful blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, directed by Gore Verbinski. He is currently filming its sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Bloom starred as Paris, opposite Brad Pitt, in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy; in Gregor Jordan's Ned Kelly, with Heath Ledger; and in The Calcium Kid; and he recently wrapped Frank E. Flower's independent film, Haven. He will next be seen in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, opposite Kirsten Dunst.

Born in Canterbury, England, Bloom at age 16 moved to London, where he joined the National Youth Theatre for two seasons. He then gained a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. On completing his scholarship, Bloom played the lead in the play A Walk in the Vienna Woods, and made his screen debut in the feature film Wilde, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.

Bloom was accepted to Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and chose to put his film career on hold for the opportunity to further his education. While at Guildhall, Bloom performed in several productions including Little Me, A Month in the City, Peer Gynt, Mephisto and Twelfth Night. After graduating from Guildhall, Bloom appeared in the BBC television series Midsomer Murders.


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