Actor Orlando Bloom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2009, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world. Although recently appointed, he has visited UNICEF programmes in Nepal, the Russian Federation, and Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2007.
Born in Canterbury, Kent, in the United Kingdom, Mr. Bloom began studying art and drama from an early age – first at the British-American Drama Academy and then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1999, he was cast as Legolas in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy.
Mr. Bloom’s portrayal of Will Turner in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies solidified his popularity. He has made almost 20 films, including ‘Black Hawk Down’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ – both directed by Ridley Scott – and ‘Elizabethtown’, directed by Cameron Crowe. He will next be seen in ‘Sympathy for Delicious’, directed by Mark Ruffalo, and director John Doyle’s ‘Main Street’.