Born Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom on January 13, 1977, in Canterbury, Kent, England, English actor Orlando Bloom is worth $38 million.
Named after the 16th-century composer Orlando Gibbons, Orlando Bloom was raised in the Church of England together with his elder sister Samantha in Canterbury by his mother Sonia Bloom. Bloom attended St. Peter’s Methodist Primary School, The King’s School Canterbury and St Edmund’s School in Canterbury to pursue his education.
Despite suffering from mild dyslexia, Orlando Bloom and his sister Samantha embraced arts since childhood due to their mother’s encouragement and in 1993, Bloom shifted to London to attend a course in Drama, Photography, and Sculpture at Fine Arts College, Hampstead. At the age of 16, he joined the National Youth Theatre and after two seasons he won a scholarship to the British American Drama Academy, London.
Orlando Bloom’s first appearance on screen was in television series Casualty and Midsomer Murders and made his film debut in Oscar Wilde biopic Wilde in 1997 before taking acting lessons in Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While attending the school, Bloom fell from three stories trying to reach his friend’s roof and had a near fatal injury. After intensive therapy and surgery, Bloom could walk again.
Just two days before his graduation from the drama school, Orlando Bloom was offered the role in the coveted J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Though he initially auditioned for the role of Faramir, which appears only in the second part of the series, the project’s director Peter Jackson selected him for Legolas Greenleaf, an immortal elf whose role is more prominent and is cast in all three series.
The first film in the trilogy The Fellowship of the Ring was released in 2001 and was a huge blockbuster success. The movie earned over $871 million worldwide, and became the second highest grossing film of 2001 in the U.S. and worldwide making it the fifth highest grossing film of all times.
Bloom reprised his role as Legolas in the follow-up of the trilogy; The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Both of these movies earned high critical acclaim and established Bloom as an international star. The series earned a nomination for Best Ensemble Acting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for all cast members three years in a row. Finally the last in the series, The Return of the King brought the award in 2003. In addition, Orlando Bloom has also been honored by the European Film Awards, Hollywood Festival Award, Empire Awards and Teen Choice Awards during different stages of his career.
Orlando Bloom’s success reached the acme with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), another blockbuster featuring Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp. In 2004, Bloom played Paris in Troy, an epic Trojan War movie which made over US $497 million worldwide and currently is the top 150 highest grossing films of all time.
His other lead roles include Balian in the Kingdom of Heaven and as Drew Baylor in Elizabethtown in 2005. He continued the role of Will Turner in the sequels of the Pirates of Caribbean Series. His other movies include New York; I Love You, The Three Musketeers and The Hobbit, the prequel to Lord of Rings trilogy.
Orlando Bloom has also appeared in stage roles including the revival of In Celebration in London in 2007 while he also made his Broadway stage debut as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in August 2013 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Orlando Bloom’s Wife
Bloom was in a relationship with American actress, Kate Bosworth in 2003 before the couple split in September 2006. Late in 2007, Bloom was found dating Australian model, Miranda Kerr and the couple got engaged in June 2010, just a month before getting married. The couple had their first child, Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom, in January 2011 in Los Angeles. However, the couple finally got separated in October 2013 and ended their marriage officially.
Orlando Bloom has also been involved in several humanitarian acts in order to teach people sanitation habits through education. Bloom was named as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in October 2009 and was also awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on April 2, 2014.
Orlando Bloom is a practicing Buddhist and has tattooed his right wrist with the Elvish word “nine” in letters of the fictional Tengwar Elvish script.
Quick Facts About The Actor
Full Name: Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom
Height: 5′ 11″ (1.8 m)
Weight: 69 kg
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: January 13, 1977
Place of Birth: Canterbury, Kent, England
Education: National Youth Theatre, British American Drama Academy, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Marital Status: Divorced ( to Miranda Kerr in 2013)
Children: 1 (Flynn)
Zodiac/Astrological Sign: Capricorn