On January 13, 1977 in Cantebury, Kent, England (about an hour south of London), a sweet-faced baby named Orlando Bloom was introduced into the world. With curly little brown hair, dark brown eyes... was there any doubt that he would be an actor? Surely not, right?
As a child, Orlando had a nice childhood: good friends, good family, and a nice upbringing. "I grew up in a big house with lots of land around it, so we used to play in the garden." Orlando also has an older sister, Samantha, who is four years older than him. Like most siblings on the planet, these two fought a lot as kids. His father, Harry, was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa. Harry died when Orlando was four.
After graduating from high school in 1993, Orlando moved to London to join the National Youth Theatre. There, he developed his acting chops and landed a role on Casualty, a British television show. "That was my first-ever job, playing a self-mutilator - a guy who cuts himself for attention. It gave me a bit of experience. I remember shooting it in Bristol." He then recieved a scholarship to the British American Drama Academy, where he played the lead role in "A Walk in Vienna Woods." At that performance, he was noticed by an agent. This led to Orlando's first appearance on screen in the critically acclaimed Wilde in 1997.
He only had one line in Wilde, but he was soon flooded with film and television offers. Instead of accepting the offers, he chose to furthur his education: "I always planned to go to drama school. I suppose I could have trained in the industry more. But, instead, I chose an environment that would be more conductive to experimenting." He was accepted into London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. At Guildhall, Orlando performed in the productions "Little Me," "A Month in the City," "Peer Gynt," "Mephisto," "Twelfth Night," "Trojan Women," "The Seagull," "Three Sisters," "Recruiting Officer," "Antigone," "Uncle Vanya," "A Night Out," and "Mystery Plays." Finally, he appeared once again on screen in 2000, playing Peter Drinkwater in the television series Midsomer Murders. The episode, called "Judgement Day," was about brutal pitchfork murders of a local thief and womanizer.
After the success of The Fellowship of the Ring, Orlando became an instant celebrity. He won the "Best Breakthrough Performance" in the 2001 Internet Movie Awards, the "Best Debut" at the 2002 Empire Awards, the "Best Breakthrough Male Performance" at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, and was featured in Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25.
Orlando now has several upcoming films.
All films aside, Orlando used to describe himself as an "adrenaline junkie" - in his younger days, he enjoyed extreme sports like sky diving, bungee jumping, paragliding, surfing and snowboarding. Because of his adventurous nature, he's had little mishaps here and there: "I've broken my back, my ribs, my nose, both my legs, my arm, my wrist, a finger a toe and I've cracked my skull three times." However, he says that there's "a little more going on than just that." Orlando is a "complete technophobe," which means that he dislikes computers, email, the internet, and all that jolly stuff. And of course, all the little interesting tidbits pop up here and there, such as him enjoying listening to Jeff Buckley, Beck, Ben Harper, and Jurassic 5.
Orlando Bloom is probably commonly known as "that elf guy from Lord of the Rings," or "that guy who fell out of the helicopter in Black Hawk Down," or "that Orlando Bloom guy," or whatnot. Well, he's just a talented human being who happens to be well known. And a lot of people admire him.
"When you start falling for somebody and you can't stop thinking about when you're going to see them again, I love that," "Women are beautiful. They deserve to be cherished and respected." And, he adds with a laugh, "They're a handful."
"People come into your life and people leave it... you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you."