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
Born in Canterbury, England, Bloom trained at the National Youth Theatre in
he later earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy.
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
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
Jerry Bruckheimer-produced mega-hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the
directed by Gore Verbinski. Bloom would go on to reprise his role in the
"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
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;
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
"Main Street," written by Horton Foote; and Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three
was most recently seen at the closing night of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in
"Zulu," alongside Forest Whitaker.
On stage, Bloom made his debut in London's West End in a critically acclaimed
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