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Date of Birth: 
January 13, 1977
Place of Birth: 
Canterbury, Kent
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Orlando Bloom has exploded onto the scene with back to back blockbuster film releases in late 2001 and early 2002. Born January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, Kent, Orlando pointed himself towards acting early on with a move to London at the age of 16 where he joined the National Youth Theatre for two seasons and then gained a scholarship to train with the British 
American Drama Academy. Just before he began training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he had a small cameo appearance as a rentboy in the film 'Wilde' starring Stephen Fry. After studying at Guildhall for three years, Orlando graduated with a 3 year acting course under his belt. Live at drama school wasn't without trouble though as the aspiring actor nearly lost his life as he recently explained to Regis & Kelly, "Before I finished training at drama school, I'd been training for three years, and I'd had a pretty intense three years of training. I'd broken my back the year prior to leaving drama school, so the year before I went out to 'Lord of The Rings', I'd broken my back and having a kinda near death experience like that, because I feel three floors and I was gonna be in a wheelchair, but they managed to put me back together again. It kinda gave a new perspective on life, you know, a new appreciation and kind of, it was the best thing for me in a lot of ways."

After overcoming that tragedy, Orlando caught a huge break by being cast just days before finishing at Guildhall when he was cast in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien to play the role of  Legolas Greenleaf. The filming in New Zealand was long but definitely wasn't tough on the actor, as he admitted afterwards, "I miss it madly. We sampled everything the country has to offer. The weirdest things to throw yourself off are to be found in New Zealand." While many with the short experience Orlando had would be ecstatic to get a role in such a blockbuster trilogy, Orlando got another break by being cast in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down. Ironically, his role in the film included a steep fall that mirrored his accident that had earlier brought him to near death. Bloom explained, "In the beginning, my character falls about 70 feet from a helicopter, breaks his back and numerous other parts of his body, and then has to get taken to safety on a convoy. It's part of the ranger creed, you know: 'You never leave a man behind.'" Playing accidents shouldn't be difficult for Bloom, who admits to Interview magazine, "I'm rather accident-prone, I have to admit. I've broken my back, my ribs, my nose, both my legs, my arm, my wrist, a finger and a toe and cracked my skull three times." The future looks bright for the actor with the two subsequent episodes of LOTR due out in 2002 and 2003, not to mention a huge level of interest he's garnered, making Orlando the most popular male actor on the internet. If searches on logged on Overture.com are any indication, many hope the actor takes a picture a nude role, or at least shirtless. The attention as being the latest heartthrob caused him surprise: "I find it amazing that people get so excited."

Orli has kept a rather low profile in the romance department, and many have wondered aloud what gender he's choosing to get naked with. While Orlando has admitted, "Basically, I can say that I came to acting because of the women," many point to his close relationship with Andre Schneider, who is bisexual, and Ian McKellen, who is gay, as reason to doubt his preference in women. In fact, homosexual E! Online gossip writer Ted Casablanca recently wrote, "Tongues are waggin' about the cozy gang from the Oscar-nom-anointed Lord of the Rings. It seems Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd and Sean Astin are quite chummy with one another." Still, Bloom has been linked to actress Joanne Morley, whom he dated in 1997, just after Morley had broken up with Schneider. The immediate bond of Andre and Orlando stunned Morley, who said she was "surprised to see that there was no hatred at all" when they finally met. On the contrary: "The liked each other from the very start." Orlando also has been linked to British model Jemma Kidd. The latest word is that Bloom is dating a French journalist he has met in Cannes. As for any rumors, Bloom seems to ignite them by keeping closed-lipped, for reasons he explained, "I won't admit or deny anything. Makes me more interesting."

December 31, 2007 - Orlando Bloom was spotted leaving Villa West Hollywood on Friday (December 21). Watch footage here.

December 31, 2007 - Orlando Bloom was spotted in the back seat of a car with Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr at the wheel. Check out a picture from Buzzfoto.

December 3, 2007 - Orlando Bloom remained silent while heading into chic West Hollywood eatery Madeo on Thursday night. Watch footage from X17.

November 14, 2007 - Orlando Bloom and Jake shared a meal together Tuesday night (November 6) at Ita Cho. Check out pictures from X17.

November 14, 2007 - OK! magazine hears Kate Hudson and Orlando Bloom were making out at a Halloween Party the actress threw at her home in Pacific Palisades, an event attended by Kate's ex Dax Shepherd. "Kate and Orlando were talking, drinking and laughing. Then they just started going at it (kissing)," an insider revealed. "They made out for ages and looked like they were really enjoying themselves. They didn't care who was watching. After that first make-out session, they walked around and talked to everyone as a couple. They were inseparable for the rest of the night."

November 14, 2007 - Orlando Bloom was spotted with his dad Collin Stone on Sunday (November 11) as they strolled into a play at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Check out a picture from Buzzfoto.

October 31, 2007 - Orlando Bloom talked to CNN's Larry King about a campaign to conserve energy in an interview aired Wednesaday (October 24). Watch it here.

October 31, 2007 - TMZ has learned that the L.A. County District Attorney will not file charges against actor Orlando Bloom over the accident he was involved in on October 12 that injured his two passengers. Read more.

October 31, 2007 - Orlando Bloom was spotted walking his dog in an Unstoppable t-shirt. Check out pictures from Flynet.

October 31, 2007 - Orlando Bloom was photographed picking his nose in Hollywood. Check out pictures from Flynet.

October 19, 2007 - ET has the text of a statement just issued by Orlando Bloom's rep about his car accident early Friday morning (October 12): "Orlando Bloom, who was in a minor car collision late last night, is grateful that no one was seriously injured. Bloom called for help immediately following the incident. He spent last night at the hospital to be with his childhood friend who sustained a minor neck injury. He is thankful that emergency services arrived so quickly and that the ER staff at Cedars Sinai took such good care of his friend." Check out pictures and video and more details from the accident, with allegations that Bloom was drunk, at X17 (page1 / page2 / page3 / page4 / page5 / page6), and TheSun. Read a reported witness' statement at fistfulloffilm.

October 19, 2007 - Craig Ferguson joked during his 'Late Late Show' monologue on October 10th: "Esquire magazine named the sexiest woman alive: Charlize Theron. She had some tough competition: Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom."

October 19, 2007 - TMZ has learned the LAPD is investigating the car crash involving Orlando Bloom, and cops are still looking at the possibility that he committed hit and run. Read more.

October 19, 2007 - Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LAPD will submit the Orlando Bloom car crash case to the L.A. County D.A.'s office, and the D.A. will then decide whether to file felony hit and run charges against the actor. Read more.

October 6, 2007 - Craig Ferguson joked during his 'Late Late Show' monologue on October 1st: "Orlando Bloom may be off the market. He was seen kanoodling with Jennifer Anniston. I think he was lured in by the faint smell of Brad Pitt. ... If they get together, they're going to need a name, like 'Brangelina' or 'Tomcat'. 'Bloomifer' or 'Orlanniston'... 'Orlanniston'. I don't think that will work. It's like an unstable country."

September 22, 2007 - Orlando Bloom was spotted arriving at the Duke of York's Theatre to perform in 'In Celebration' on September 15th in London, England. Check out pictures from WireImage.

September 9, 2007 - Orlando Bloom attended the after show party for GQ in Soho. Check out pictures from Splash.

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