Airen writes: Thought all the Orlando fans out there might be interested in a Sunday Telegraph “Body and Soul” feature on Orlando Bloom. Here it is:

Star Bodies – healthy secrets of the stars – ORLANDO BLOOM

The beautifully named Orlando Bloom is best known as Legolas Greenleaf in The Lord of The Rings trilogy. He is barely out of acting school, but has been included in the Young Hollywood Awards for “Exciting New Male Face”, and was voted 19th in a magazine’s list of the Top 50 Sexiest British Actors. We’ll see him next this summer in Lullaby of Clubland, but keep your eyes peeled. He is only on screen for eight minutes. Next big gig – Ned Kelly alongside Heath Ledger.

Orlando is 180cm, brown-haired and brown-eyed. Like Sean Bean, his co-star in The Lord of the Rings, he has a tattoo of ‘nine’ in Elvish on his right forearm. He also has a tattoo of a sun on his torso.


“I enjoy keeping fit and it comes easily to me because I’m into sports in a big way, especially surfing, snowboarding, sky diving, bungee jumping and paragliding,” he says. This is probably the reason why, over the years, he has broken his back, his ribs, his nose, both his legs, his arm, his wrist, a finger and a toe and cracked his skull three times!

“You could say that I’m accident prone,” he smiles. For The Lord of the Rings he learned how to ride a horse bareback while shooting an arrow. He also learned to fight and wield two swords.

“Letting go of the reins and shooting my bow and arrow was tricky stuff,” he says. “You have to have real faith in your horse. I did fall off him once and broke a rib!”


“I am a vegetarian and stay clear of dairy products,” he says. Orlando’s favourite foods are pasta, pizza, oatmeal, rice and vegetables and baked potatoes.

He also eats his nails. “Sadly, yes I do – ever since I gave up smoking. Now I’m trying to give up nails,” he says.

Love Life

He dated actress Joanne Morley, his Lullaby of Clubland co-star, was briefly engaged to model Jemma Kidd and is now said to be seeing actress Christina Ricci.