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Orlando Bloom In Black Tie And White Shirt

How many of us have a dream, only to give up when things get a little tough? One person who had such a dream, faced many obstacles on the way and yet still found inspiration messages enough to press on and achieve that dream was the actor Orlando Bloom.

Born on 13 January 1977, in Canterbury, Kent, Bloom was named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons. He had one elder sister, Samantha, and was the son of Sonia and Harry Bloom. His mother had been born in India and Harry was a South African born Jewish anti-apartheid novelist.

When Orlando was four, his father died of a stroke and nine years later it was revealed to him that his real biological father was a family friend, Colin Stone, who became Orlando’s guardian.

Orlando Bloom is dyslexic but, with words of motivation from his family, he managed to get through school in Canterbury. A key turning point for the young man was when he realised that the characters he had watched in films or on television were simply actors playing a part. Suddenly he wanted to play his heroes and his dream to be an actor began. Initially he was active in school plays and the local theatre company and became interested in poetry and prose.

Pursuing his ambitions, the young Orlando moved to London in 1993 and began to work with small parts in such television dramas as ‘Casualty’ and ‘Midsomer Murders.’ Initially studying at the Fine Arts College, Hampstead, he spent two years at the National Youth Theatre, before receiving a scholarship with the British American Drama Academy.

In 1997, Orlando played a small part as a rent boy in the acclaimed movie, ‘Wilde,’ which starred Stephen Fry. Although he was then offered various other film roles, he decided to do more theatre and eventually began a new course of study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 1998, Orlando was visiting a friend when he climbed onto a gutter to fix a jammed balcony door. He lost his footing and plunged three stories to the ground. Rushed to hospital, he underwent six hours of surgery that left him with plates and bolts in his back. His doctor broke to him the news that Orlando may never walk again.

But Orlando Bloom’s dream was stronger than that. He provided his own words of motivation, deciding that he would make himself walk again and would never let fear restrict his life.

Two weeks after being admitted into hospital, he haltingly walked out again. He resumed his studies and began acting on stage in such plays as ‘Twelfth Night.’ One night in 1999, the audience for one of the plays included movie director Peter Jackson, who approached Orlando after the show and asked him to audition for a film he was casting.

A few weeks later, the young actor graduated from college and went straight out to New Zealand, where he spent 18 months playing the physically demanding part of Legolas in the massively successful ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

Orlando Bloom is now one of the most sought-after actors with parts in several major movies such as ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ In 2005 he was finally cast in a leading role in the medieval epic ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ when he played alongside such greats as Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson.

He is never too busy however to return to his roots in theatre. In 2007 he appeared in ‘Celebration,’ a play by David Storey, and is always happy to try new plays and films that are a bit different or low budget.

In 2010, Orlando Bloom married Miranda Kerr and, early in 2011, a son, Flynn Bloom, was born to the couple in Los Angeles.

Orlando lives most of his time in London however and regularly makes time to be with his family and friends away from acting. Despite his earlier experiences, he admits to being an adrenaline junkie; he regularly took part in bungee jumping, skiing, surfing, Rugby Union and skateboarding. He is a practising Buddhist and in 2009 was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visiting schools in Nepal to support education and sanitation programmes.

Although one assumes fatherhood has toned his adventurous spirit, Orlando still has an insatiable zest for life, despite having broken his back, an arm, both legs, a wrist, a finger, a toe and his nose in various accidents. His philosophy provides words of motivation for all of us but Orlando Bloom is still phlegmatic about life: “People come into your life and people leave it… you just have to trust that life has a road mapped out for you.”


“I know you can be up one minute and drop the next, so I’m trying to maintain a steady course so I can have some longevity.”

Orlando Bloom

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