British actor Jamie Bell tugged on international heartstrings and earned a Best Actor BAFTA for his film debut as aspiring dancer and local outcast "Billy Elliot" (2000). He was only 12 years old at t...
Billingham, County Durham, England
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|Began taking ballet classes at age six|
|Starred with Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney in the dramatic thriller "Undertow"|
|Voiced the title character in "The Adventures of Tintin" alongside Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig; film directed by Steven Spielberg|
|Co-starred with Sam Worthington in the crime thriller "Man on a Ledge"|
|Made his feature debut with breakthrough role in "Billy Elliot"; played a miner's son who becomes a ballet dancer|
|Co-starred with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in "Jane Eyre"; directed by Cary Fukunaga and based on the 1847 novel of the same name by Charlotte Brontë|
|Starred in Thomas Vinterberg's "Dear Wendy," scripted by Lars von Trier|
|Co-starred with Hayden Christensen in Doug Liman's sci-fi adventure "Jumper"|
|Played a WWI soldier trapped in a German trench in his second feature "Deathwatch"|
|Co-starred in Arie Posin's suburban satire "The Chumscrubber"|
|Cast in Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic "King Kong"|
|Raised in Billingham, Durham, England|
|Cast as one of the men who lifted the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"|
|Co-starred in Edward Zwick's World War II drama "Defiance"|
|Portrayed Smike in Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby"|
Born March 14, 1986, Bell was raised in the Northern England town of Billingham by his mother, Eileen. Coming from a long line of dancers, Bell began to take tap and ballet dance lessons at the age of six after watching his mother and older sister Kathryn during dance recitals. He attended the Stagecoach Theatre School as a young boy and was also a member of the National Youth Music Theatre group before studying dance at London's Royal School of Ballet. Bell made his theater debut in London's West End production of "Bugsy Malone" at the age of 12. Soon afterwards, he beat out over 2,000 other young hopefuls, landing the career-breaking lead in Stephen Daldry's "Billy Elliot" (2000). Set against the 1984 miner's strike in Northern England, "Elliot" told the story of a young boy who becomes the protégé of a local ballet teacher and is constantly berated for his love of dance - something Bell had experienced in his own town, where classmates nicknamed him "ballet boy." Bell's captivating performance earned a British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer and the coveted BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
In a strong follow-up role, Bell co-starred in the 2002 film "Nicholas Nickleby," based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens. Bell again managed to avoid turning a young sympathetic character into a d -eyed cliché, impressing audiences with his portrayal of crippled servant, Smike. In further displays of unexpected versatility, Bell starred as a young soldier in the dark World War I-set thriller, "Deathwatch" (2002) and adopted a southern accent in his first American feature, "Undertow" (2004), in which he co-starred with Josh Lucas and Dermot Mulroney. His second thriller was met with mostly positive reviews and earned Bell a Young Artist Award. The independent film "The Chumscrubber" (2005), cast Bell in a new light, with his starring role as a disaffected suburban American teenager. He stayed close to the "outsider" adolescent indie genre with the Thomas Vinterberg and Lars Von Trier collaboration, "Dear Wendy" (2005), which was the actor's first effort to be roundly dismissed.
Peter Jackson's epic remake, "King Kong" (2005) marked Bell's entry into big budget Hollywood blockbusters, and he fared well in a supporting role as a young seaman. In 2006, Bell co-starred in Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Flags of Our Fathers," based on the book by James Bradley and Ron Powers. The powerful and significant film adaptation chronicled the experiences of the men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, and examined the aftermath of their wartime service and their roles as icons. The same year, Bell earned a Best Actor nomination from the British Independent Film Awards for the Scottish feature "Hallam F " (2006), where he essayed a dark, teen loner and voyeur. Returning to big budget outings, Bell had a co-starring role in Doug Liman's adaptation of Steven Gould's sci-fi time travel book, "Jumper" (2008). The actioner packed movie houses but took a critical drubbing for an underdeveloped plot. Along with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber, Bell co-starred in "Defiance" (2008), based on the true story of Jewish brothers during World War II who escape the Nazi occupation of Belarus and build a refugee camp to rescue others. Bell and his co-stars were praised for their performances in Ed Zwick's Holiday 2008 release.
|Eileen Bell||Mother||Administrative staff member of a medical office|
|Kathryn Bell||Sister||Born c. 1981|
|Evan Wood||Husband||Met while filming Green Day's video "Wake Me Up When September Ends" (2005); Split in 2006 shortly before she began dating Marilyn Manson; Reconciled after Wood broke off engagement with Manson in 2010; Married Oct. 31, 2012|
|Royal Ballet School|
|National Youth Music Theatre|
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