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Born on January 13th 1977 in Canterbury, England, Orlando Bloom's plans of becoming an actor developed quite early when he realized that the characters on TV and in the movies weren't real, that they were actors. "Once I realized that I could be Superman or I could be The Hustler or I could be Daniel Day Lewis's character in The Last Of The Mohicans - I was like, 'Man, I can become an actor and be all of those things'."
In 1993, he moved to London to improve his career, doing bit parts in TV series like "Casualty". Orlando spent two years at the National Youth Theatre before getting a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. His first memorable appearance, a cameo in the critically acclaimed movie Wilde in 1997, earned him various film offers, which he all turned down in favor of theatre. After Wilde, Orlando attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 3 years. On stage, he appeared in plays like The Seagull, Twelfth Night, and Trojan Women.
Peter Jackson then "discovered" the classically handsome Bloom for the highly anticipated, $270 million, three-film screen adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings in 1999. The Fellowship of the Ring was released in December 2001, and was instantly a huge critical and box office success around the world, going on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time. Orlando received widespread praise for his performance as Legolas, and although his role is significantly smaller than other more prominent characters, he immediately became a breakout star, with young girls around the world swooning over his elvish good looks. Orlando immediately became an internet darling and began appearing in magazines all over the world and making the talk show circuit, with a winning smile and charming British wit that earned him even more fans.
After doing the three Rings movies with Jackson, he worked with Ridley Scott on Black Hawk Down. Since then, he has been working on new projects non-stop. In 2003, four of his movies will be released: The Kelly Gang, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Calcium Kid, and The Return of the King.
Not content to rest on his elvish laurels, Orlando has accepted what may be his most ambitious role to date in the movie Troy (aka Trojan War) directed by Wolfgang Petersen, which is scheduled to be released in the US on May 21, 2004.
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