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45 interesting facts about Orlando Bloom: His nickname is Orlie, bites his nails

Orlando Bloom is a popular British actor and heartthrob known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean films.

  1. Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born on January 13, 1977 in Canterbury, England.

  2. Bloom is named after the 16th century composer Orlando Gibbons.

  3. During his childhood, Bloom was told that his father was his mother's husband, Jewish South African-born anti-Apartheid novelist Harry Saul Bloom.

  4. The actor didn't find out until his teens that his biological father was actually a family colleague, Colin Stone.

  5. Orlando Bloom got his first when he was 13 that was as a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range.

  6. Bloom was raised in the Church of England.

  7. He moved to London and joined the National Youth Theatre at the age of 16, and then attended the British American Drama Academy.

  8. His training led to parts on British television and his film debut in the 1997 Oscar Wilde biopic,Wilde.

  9. He continued his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Bloom had an almost-crippling accident when he fell three stories from a terrace, trying to cross between two buildings with friends, and broke his back.

  10. He has three A-Levels; each one in Art, Photography and Religious Studies.

  11. Stone, the principal of the Concorde International language school, was made Orlando Bloom's legal guardian after Harry Bloom's death.

  12. He is "mildly dyslexic".

  13. His first car was a dark green VW Golf that costed £160.

  14. Spinach is his favorite vegetable.

  15. Bloom quit to smoke in 2002, which then resulted in his biting his nails instead.

  16. The first ever concert he attended was Jamiroquai's in Canterbury.

  17. According to Screensavers.com, Orlando Bloom replaced Britney Spears at the top of the website's celebrity download index in January, 2004.

  18. Bloom was given a replica of the One Ring that says "To wherever it may lead" by one of the makeup artists on 'The Lord of Rings.'

  19. During the filming for 'Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring', he fell off his horse and broke one of his ribs.

  20. He learned to surf during the filming of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in New Zealand.

  21. He made archery a very popular sport in the UK. Many youngsters saw him with a bow in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and decided to join archery schools.

  22. He used to be a vegetarian, but he had to go back to eating meat when he was filming The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

  23. Bloom has a tattoo of the Elvish word "nine" on his right wrist, written in letters of the fictional Tengwar Elvish script, a reference to his involvement in the Lord of the Rings and the fact that his character was one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring.

  24. Bloom also has a tattoo of a sun on his lower, left abdomen, which he got at the age of 15 just before moving to London.

  25. Bloom found his dog, Sidi, while filming Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

  26. He is a practicing Buddhist.

  27. In 2004, he became a full member of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist association affiliated with the teachings of Nichiren.

  28. Bloom is currently learning French.

  29. His nicknames are "Orli" and "OB".

  30. He is one of only two actors who appear in two of the three movies that grossed over one billion dollars in the box office: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). The other is Bernard Hill.

  31. Bloom had an "on-and-off relationship" with American actress, Kate Bosworth, from 2003 until splitting up in September 2006.

  32. He has received an invitation to join the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford Upon Avon, which he plans to do in the near future when he has some time off from working on film. His goal is to perform Hamlet on the Swan stage (RSC main), one of Shakespeare's most challenging works.

  33. He won the 2002 MTV Movie Award for "Breakthrough Male."

  34. He was involved a minor car collision in Hollywood on October 12, 2007. His childhood friend was hospitalized with a minor neck injury.

  35. Bloom supports English football team Manchester United.

  36. Bloom has an Honorary Degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury Cathedral.

  37. On 13 July 2009, four hooded teenagers broke into the Hollywood Hills home of Orlando Bloom and stole nearly half a million dollars worth of possessions. The burglars, dubbed the "Bling Ring", targeted the homes of young celebrities.

  38. In late 2007 Bloom began dating Australian model, Miranda Kerr. They announced their engagement in June 2010 and the couple got married the following month.

  39. Kerr gave birth to their son, Flynn Christopher Blanchard Copeland Bloom, on January 6, 2011 in Los Angeles.

  40. On 25 October 2013, Bloom and Kerr announced that they had separated several months earlier, and intended to end their marriage.

  41. Bloom has been approached by UNICEF to act as an international ambassador.

  42. Bloom received the 2,521st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 2 April 2014.

  43. His net worth is $35 million.

  44. He loves mountain bike riding and yoga.

  45. Bloom once set voyage as a crewmember on a ship to Antarctica.

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