ORLANDO BLOOM was born in Canterbury, England and trained at the National Youth Theatre in London. He later earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy. Having completed his scholarship, Bloom 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: Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning trilogy, THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Bloom captured the attention of international audiences and filmmakers alike as ‘Legolas.’
In the summer of 2003, Bloom starred opposite Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Disney hit, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, directed by Gore Verbinski.
Orlando then worked with Ridley Scott on BLACKHAWK DOWN and went on to star in Scott’s KINGDOM OF HEAVEN for 20th Century Fox. Bloom followed the epic Crusades film with his first contemporary American role starring opposite Kirsten Dunst in Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical ELIZABETHTOWN, produced by Crowe and Tom Cruise for Paramount Pictures.
Bloom then reprised his role as ‘Will Turner’ in the box office record-breaking PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST, and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END.
In the wake of those blockbusters, Bloom made his debut on London's West End in a revival of David Storey's 1969 drama, IN CELEBRATION. Produced by Sonia Friedman and directed by Anna Mackmin, the production and Bloom were well-received by both critics and audiences alike.
Bloom's additional film credits include NED KELLY opposite Heath Ledger; Wolfgang Peterson’s TROY opposite Brad Pitt; the Cayman Islands ensemble HAVEN opposite Zoe Saldana; NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU opposite Christina Ricci; SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS opposite Laura Linney; Horton Foote's MAIN STREET, opposite Colin Firth; and The Three Musketeers opposite Christoph Waltz. Orlando made his producorial debut via his Viddywell Production Company in THE GOOD DOCTOR, which he also stars in opposite Michael Peña, J.K. Simmons, and Taraji P. Henson.
Orlando starred opposite Forest Whitaker in the closing night film of the Cannes Film Festival, Jerome Salle’s ZULU and starred as "Romeo" in the Broadway production of ROMEO AND JULIET, directed by David Leveaux. Orlando then reprised his role as ‘Legolas’ in Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: DESOLATION OF SMAUG.
This fall, he will next be seen in the final film of THE HOBBIT trilogy, THERE AND BACK AGAIN.