Orlando BloomActor Orlando Bloom, star of the Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings movies, was named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations children’s organisation UNICEF on Monday. The 32-year-old British actor has supported the work of UNICEF since 2007, visiting projects in Nepal, Russia and Sarajevo that bring clean water, education and shelters to children. He also took part in a local school radio production put on by children in one of the poorest regions of Nepal. More..

Orlando Bloom Soaks Up Nepal Trip While most of us were eating cold noodles and watching Project Runway, another major Hollywood actor joined the industry’s growing brigade of charitable stars. Orlando Bloom recently took a four-day tour of Nepal on a UNICEF-supported visit, which took the 30-year-old actor to the impoverished western districts of Kaski and Chitwan. “Another Hollywood movie star might feel strange in a remote and impoverished area of Nepal, but [he] seemed perfectly at ease,” the humanitarian organization reports. Indeed, Mr. Bloom apparently took to certain Nepalese customs swimmingly. In one village, Mr. Bloom, who seemingly has no confirmed projects currently underway, had his forehead smeared with red “tika” by local women, who also offered him garlands of flowers to wear. Orlando Bloom Soaks Up Nepal Trip