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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

ORLANDO BLOOM (Legolas) first created the role of Legolas in Peter Jackson's Oscar- winning "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy. For the final film, "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," he shared in several Best Ensemble awards, including a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award.

Born in Canterbury, England, Bloom trained at the National Youth Theatre in London and he later earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy. After completing his scholarship, he made his feature film debut in "Wilde," starring Stephen Fry and Jude Law. Bloom was next accepted to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he performed in many stage productions, including "Peer Gynt" and "Twelfth Night." Upon graduation, a then unknown Bloom was cast in the films that launched his career, Jackson's screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."

In the summer of 2003, Bloom starred opposite Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced mega-hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," directed by Gore Verbinski. Bloom would go on to reprise his role in the record-breaking sequels, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," both under the direction of Verbinski.

He also worked with director Ridley Scott on "Black Hawk Down" and then reunited with Scott to star in "Kingdom of Heaven." Bloom's first contemporary American role was in Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical "Elizabethtown."

Bloom's additional film credits include "Ned Kelly," opposite Heath Ledger; Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy," with Brad Pitt; "Haven," opposite Zoe Saldana; the anthology film "New York, I Love You"; Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, "Sympathy for Delicious," opposite Laura Linney; "Main Street," written by Horton Foote; and Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers." He was most recently seen at the closing night of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in Jérôme Salle's "Zulu," alongside Forest Whitaker.

On stage, Bloom made his debut in London's West End in a critically acclaimed 2007 revival of David Storey's 1969 drama "In Celebration," directed by Anna Mackmin. In 2013, he made his Broadway debut as Romeo in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," directed by David Leveaux.

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