Orlando Bloom decided he wanted to be an actor when he realised that the characters in "Superman" and "The A Team" were actually being played by actors. Once he had realised this, he thought "Man, I can become an actor and be all of those things."
Orlando was born on 13th January 1977 in Canterbury, England. He moved to London at age 16, and worked with the National Youth Theatre for 2 seasons. He then gained a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy. Following bit roles in the television series "Casualty" and "London's Burning," he enrolled at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first movie role was as a rentboy in the critically acclaimed "Wilde," which led to various movie offers, but he turned them down in order to continue his training.
Orlando is best known for his role as Legolas in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He originally auditioned for the part of Faramir, but was told that the role "would not become available to him, and would he please read for Legolas?" Orlando read for the part, and was offered the role a few weeks later, two days before graduating from Guildhall.
He spent 18 months on location in New Zealand filming the trilogy, and loved every minute of it. "I've grown up here, and it's been a great place to grow up," he said, of filming in New Zealand.
Orlando appears in the upcoming "Black Hawk Down," which he enjoyed filming, saying "It was fantastic, I used to run around with toy machine guns, wearing all that combat gear and suddenly Im being paid for it." He also appears in "Lullaby of Clubland" and "Deed Poll," both with his friend Andre Schneider. Orlando currently lives in London with his pet dog, Maude, and can also often be found in Los Angeles.
Orlando's hobbies include anything that will get the adrenaline pumping - while filming in NZ he boasts of bungee jumping five times in a row, saying "The best things to throw yourself off can be found in New Zealand." He also enjoys surfing and skiing. He does have a softer side, being both a sculptor and a photographer.
Orlando has olive skin, dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He has been described as having "cheek bones like wing mirrors." He is 5'11, and has 3 tattoos, including a star, a sun on his torso, and the number 9 tattooed in Elvish script on his forearm.