Orlando Bloom


January 22, 2022

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is a British actor who became famous for his roles as Legolas in the film adaptation of the novels Pirates of the Caribbean by John Tolkien and William Turner.


Early years

Born in Canterbury, Kent, UK. The parents named Orlando after the 17th-century English composer Orlando Gibbons. His mother Sonya was in business, running a language school for foreign students, and writing. His father, Harry Bloom, a Jew from South Africa, was a professor of law at the University of Kent. He previously fought against apartheid in South Africa and was one of Nelson Mandela's lawyers. Harry Bloom later wrote several books on racial segregation in South Africa, for which he was persecuted by the South African government and in 1963 was forced to emigrate to Great Britain. When Orlando was 4 years old, he lost his father, and the boy and his older sister Samantha were raised by their mother and a close friend of the Bloom family, Colin Stone, who was appointed their guardian. Later, when Orlando was 13, his mother revealed to him that Stone was in fact his biological father. Young Orlando was fond of horses and was a good rider, which later became useful in his future film career. Schooling in Orlando was difficult - he had dyslexia (poor memory and confusion of letters), and therefore often became the object of ridicule from peers. Nevertheless, he tried his best to study at St. Entmund's school. His mother encouraged him to study art, theater and photography.

Early career

Orlando decided to become an actor after watching the movie "Scam" with Paul Newman. Bloom's debut on stage took place as a child, when he participated in several school productions. In 1993, at the age of 16, he went to London and spent two seasons performing on the stage of the National Youth Theater in London, after which he received a grant for one year of study at the British American Academy of Dramatic Arts. During his studies, he took part in the production of "A Walk in the Viennese Forest", and also got his own agent. In 1996, Bloom made his television debut in several episodes of The Unfortunate

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