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Orlando Bloom: Snapshot

Name
Orlando Bloom
Date of Birth
January 13, 1977
Birth Place
Canterbury, England
PEOPLE's Hottest Bachelor of 2004 nearly didn't make it! While still a drama student in England, Orlando Bloom fell three stories, breaking his back. He could have been paralyzed, but the hunky Brit walked out of the hospital on crutches.

Then, director Peter Jackson cast him to star as elf warrior Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy–now among the highest grossing films of all time. In 2003, he scored another blockbuster franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean, with Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley.

Offscreen, Bloom, who dated starlet Kate Bosworth on-and-off for four years, eventually married Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr, with whom he welcomed baby boy Flynn in January 2011. But two years later, after six years together, Bloom and Kerr split.

Orlando Bloom: Five Fun Facts

  1. Orlando Bloom boarded a Norwegian icebreaker bound for Antarctica in January 2007. The three-week trek offered no luxury to the star, who slept in a tiny bunk and took orders from the crew as he worked the frozen deck.
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean castmate Keira Knightley says Orlando Bloom is "a very good kisser" who always has breath mints on hand.
  3. Orlando Bloom has been a Buddhist since the age of 19. He adheres to the Japanese Soka Gakkai school of Buddhism. "It's about studying what is going on in my daily life and using that as fuel to go and live a bigger life," he told Details in 2007.
  4. Orlando Bloom's mother, language schoolteacher Sonia Bloom, named him after 17th-century British composer Orlando Gibbons.
  5. Orlando Bloom has two tattoos: one on his right arm of the Elvish word for nine and another of a sun on his navel, which he calls "a stupid idea" he had at age 15.

Orlando Bloom: Biography

1993

Orlando Bloom

Pushing Through Dyslexia

After struggling with dyslexia through Canterbury High School, Bloom, 16, drops out and moves to London to join the National Youth Theatre. In 1998, while studying at London's esteemed Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bloom makes his film debut with a bit part in the Oscar Wilde biopic Wilde. Afterwards, he returns to school to finish up his three-year training.

1999

Orlando Bloom

October

No Starving Actors Here

After graduating from Guildhall, Bloom heads to New Zealand to play the blond elfin sharpshooter Legolas in director Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. The film grosses more than $313 million when it opens in 2001.

2001

Orlando Bloom

December 28

Reporting for Duty

Black Hawk Down, which Bloom shot in Morocco, hits theaters about the same time LOTR comes out. Bloom has a minor role as a soldier in the film, which is about the U.S. Army's ill-fated rescue mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993.

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BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): REX USA; Columbia Pictures/Everett

Edited by Julia Wang

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