Today – 13th January – is the 35th birthday of everyone’s favourite elf, Orlando Bloom. 10 years ago this post would have very much been a love letter to Mr Bloom – I readily admit it that I was quite taken with him in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Nowadays I have moved on to the likes of The Fass, RyGos and Tom Hiddleston. Well, I say I have moved on but I’ll still watch whatever Bloom is in. Maybe…
Bloom shot to fame for his performance as the elf prince Legolas in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the first of which was released 10 years ago. From there he tried his hand as a US soldier in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001) before returning to blockbusters with the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was released in 2003. He would then go on to star in its sequels, Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End.
While foremost known for his roles in blockbusters – namely The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy and Kingdom of Heaven – Bloom has also starred as an Australian outlaw in Ned Kelly, a milkman in The Calcium Kid and a bereaved son searching for meaning in his life in Elizabethtown.
- Bloom will next be seen in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where he will reprise his role of Legolas.