While still a teenager, JAMIE BELL shot to worldwide fame
starring in the title role of
Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot. Among the many honors he received for the
performance were the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and the British Independent
Film Award for Best Newcomer.
The northern England native portrayed Charles Dickens' memorable character
Smike in writer/director Douglas McGrath's screen adaptation of Nicholas
Nickleby, for which he and his colleagues shared the National Board of Review
Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble.
Mr. Bell's subsequent films include David Gordon Green's Undertow, opposite
Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas; Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy, opposite
Alison Pill; Peter Jackson's epic King Kong; and Clint Eastwood's acclaimed
of Our Fathers, in which he portrayed real-life WWII hero Ralph Ignatowski.
Among his other movies are David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe (a.k.a. Mister Foe),
opposite Sophia Myles, for which he earned a British Independent Film Award
nomination, and a BAFTA (Scotland) Award, for Best Actor; Arie Posin's The
Chumscrubber; Doug Liman's Jumper, with Hayden Christensen; and Edward
Zwick's Defiance, alongside Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Mia Wasikowska of
Jane Eyre. He will next be seen on-screen, starring opposite Channing Tatum, in
Kevin Macdonald's Roman epic adventure The Eagle, also for Focus Features.
Mr. Bell has additionally completed production on The Adventures of Tintin:
Secret of the Unicorn, starring as HergĂ©'s legendary young adventurer Tintin for
director Steven Spielberg in a highly anticipated motion-capture production
filmed in 3-D. He is currently at work on Carl Tibbetts' The Retreat, starring
opposite Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton; and Asger Leth's Man on a Ledge,
starring with Sam Worthington.
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