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Orlando Bloom celebrates turning 38

January 13, 2015
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Happy birthday, Orlando Bloom! As the star of The Lord of the Rings celebrates turning 38, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Orlando and you… 

This is what Orlando who is a Capricorn, can be expecting today: 

When we watch a TV soap opera regularly, we start to see the same old syndromes repeating themselves. For a while, all may be quiet in the life of character X but then, they will get into an argument with character Y again. Or, for variation, the writers will ensure that this time round, the disagreement is with character Z. Such cyclical events keep the viewers interested and happy. But your life is not a soap opera and there are good reasons now to avoid unnecessary repetition. Don't fall back into a bad habit today. 

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Orlando Bloom in 2014

Named after the 17-century composer Orlando Gibbons – rather than the Virginia Woolf novel, as is so often reported – Orlando Bloom was born in Canterbury, England, in 1977. As a youngster, Orlando believed South African lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Harry Bloom was his father, but it was later revealed that Colin Stone, a family friend, long-thought to be only Orlando's guardian, was in fact the actor's father.

Raised by his mother along with elder sister Samantha, he left Canterbury's St Edmund's school aged 16 to pursue his dream with the National Youth Theatre.

One year after receiving a scholarship to attend the British American Drama Academy in London, he entered the city's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 1999, just 48 hours before finishing his drama degree, he won the role of a lifetime as Legolas in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

"One minute I'm in school, the next I have my own action figure," said the star. "It's awesome."

His career soared following the high-profile part, and he starred alongside Kirsten Dunst in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, 2003's big budget flick Pirates Of The Caribbean with Johnny Depp, Ned Kelly with Geoffrey Rush, and Troy, in which he shared top billing with Brad Pitt and Peter O´Toole.

In 2013 Orlando made his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet to critical acclaim,

The screen hunk has been linked with celebs such as Jemma Kidd, Christina Ricci and Kate Bosworth and freely admits to being a romantic. "I once flew to Dubai just to hang out with a girl," he recalls. "Another time I had a crush on this girl and sent her an airline ticket from Ireland to London so she could come and visit me."

In 2007 Orlando met the girl who would become his wife –  Australian model Miranda Kerr. The extremely private pair did their best to keep their romance out of the spotlight, and in July 2010 announced they had wed in secret.

The pair welcomed a son, Flynn, in 2011, but in October 2013  they announced that they had separated several months earlier.

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