Orlando Bloom, a British actor, was born and raised in Canterbury and received an honorary degree from the University of Kent in July 2010.
After going to school in Canterbury, he became a member of the National Youth Theatre in London, earning a scholarship to train with the British American Drama Academy and going on to study at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Orlando Bloom first caught the attention of audiences and filmmakers as Elf-prince Legolas in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. He went on to star as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, a role he will reprise in the fifth film. In 2009, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and in 2014 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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