Orlando Bloom (born January 13, 1977) is an English actor.
He was born in Canterbury, England. Although he carries the name of novelist and political activist, Harry Bloom, Orlando's biological father is actually Colin Stone, a reported friend of the family. Orlando was reportedly named after the 17th century composer Orlando Gibbons and is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He made his film debut in 1997 in Wilde, opposite Stephen Fry. Shortly afterwards, he was seriously injured in a fall, and it was briefly feared that he would never walk again, but he made a complete recovery. In 2004, Orlando was named People magazine's hottest bachelor in the magazine's annual list of Hollywood bachelors.
His first major role (he was still in drama school during the casting) was in the movie version of The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003), where he played Legolas. This high-profile role made an unknown British actor one of the hottest Internet celebrities. IMDBPro's StarMeter reported that Orlando Bloom was the most searched for actor in January 2002, one month after the Fellowship of the Ring was released.
Elizabethtown (2005) (filming) – Drew Baylor
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) (post-production) – Balian of Ibelin
Pirates of the Caribbean 2 (2005) (announced) – Will Turner
Haven (2004) – Shy (also co-producer)
Troy (2004) – Prince Paris
The Calcium Kid (2004) – Jimmy
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) – Legolas Greenleaf
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) – Will Turner
Ned Kelly (2003) – Joe Byrne
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – Legolas Greenleaf
Black Hawk Down (2001) – Pfc. Todd Blackburn
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) – Legolas Greenleaf
Wilde (1997) – Rent boy