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Last Updated: Thursday October 31 2002 13:19 GMT

Orlando Bloom (Legolas)

Orlando Bloom as Legolas the elf
Full name: Orlando Bloom
Nicknames: Orli, OB
Birthday: 13 January 1977
Born: Canterbury, Kent, England
Height: 5ft 11"
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Family: Mother and one older sister, Samantha. His father, Harry, died when Orlando was four
Films: Lord of the Rings, Kingdom of Heaven
LOTR character: Legolas

Other stuff:

  • He's got a dog called Maude
  • He loves extreme sports
  • He was inspired to become an actor by Superman
  • He auditioned for the much smaller part of Faramir, Boromir's brother, before director Peter Jackson called him back to read for the part of Legolas the elf
  • His mum named him after a character in a book by Virginia Woolf
  • Orlando seriously hurt his back after falling from a drainpipe a few years ago. For a while he thought he might never walk again, but he miraculously recovered.
  • He belonged to the National Youth Theatre before getting offered his first film role in arty flick, Wilde
  • He's got two tattoos - a sun on his stomach and the number nine in Elvish - which lots of the young Rings actors had done together to mark their close bond while filming
  • He has 3 A-levels in theatre, photography and sculpture
  • He supports Man United
  • He's appeared in Casualty and Midsomer Murders

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