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Jamie Bell
Born 14 March 1986 (1986-03-14) (age 24)
Billingham, Stockton on Tees, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Jamie Bell (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor. He is perhaps best known for playing the title character in the film Billy Elliot (2000), for which he won the 2001 BAFTA Award for Best Actor.


Early life

Jamie Bell was born in Billingham, in the Borough of Stockton on Tees, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen, and older sister Cathriene. His father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Bell was born.[1][2] His sister went to ballet lessons when she was younger and Jamie went with her to her lessons and this is how he came to fall in love with the dance.[3] Bell was a pupil at Northfield School, then the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and older brother by taking up ballet.[4]


Bell acted as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. Since his film debut in Billy Elliot, he has appeared as the crippled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, a young soldier in Deathwatch, a teenager on the run in Undertow, a gun-toting pacifist in Dear Wendy, a disaffected Southern California teenager in The Chumscrubber, and the young Jimmy in the 2005 film version of King Kong. In 2007, he played the title character in Hallam Foe – for which he was nominated for the best actor award at the British Independent Film Awards – and appeared as himself in lonelygirl15 spin-off KateModern.[5]

He had roles in two 2008 films: the sci-fi film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance. In the latter he plays Asael Bielski (first name pronounced "Asoyel"), the third of the Bielski Brothers - leaders of a partisan group that saved some 1200 lives during the Holocaust. Despite rumours to the contrary, he did not appear in Thea Sharrock's West End production of Equus.[6]

In 2009, it was announced Bell would play the title role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,[7] which is currently pencilled in for US release on 23 December 2011.[8]

Personal life

In 2005 and 2006, Bell dated actress Evan Rachel Wood, with whom he appeared in the music video for Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends".[9]


Year Film Role Notes
2000 Billy Elliot Billy Elliot
Close And True Mark Sheedy
2002 Deathwatch Pte Charlie Shakespeare
Nicholas Nickleby Smike
2004 Undertow Chris Munn
2005 King Kong Jimmy
Dear Wendy Dick Dandelion
The Chumscrubber Dean Stiffle
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" Music video by Green Day
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Jimmy (voice)
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Ralph Ignatowski
2007 Hallam Foe Hallam Foe
2008 Jumper Griffin O'Conner
Defiance Asael Bielski
Jumper: Griffin's Story Griffin O'Conner Video game (voice)
2010 The Eagle of the Ninth Esca[10]
2011 The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn Tintin[7]


Arranged according to year of award:[11]

SAG Award nomination for Best Actor for Billy Elliot


  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/entertainment/1154689.stm
  2. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-103844488.html
  3. ^ http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/men/article4030105.ece
  4. ^ Billy Elliot, DVD, production notes
  5. ^ I Know Hallam Foe! - KateModern
  6. ^ The Stage
  7. ^ a b "Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment Announce the January 26 Start of Principal Photography on the 3D Motion Capture Feature 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn' Directed by Steven Spielberg and Starring Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig". PR Newswire. http://news.prnewswire.com/ViewContent.aspx?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/01-26-2009/0004960578&EDATE=. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
  8. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/filmNews/idUSTRE54S0S620090529
  9. ^ Evan Rachel Wood - Wood Confirms Bell Romance
  10. ^ Magnus Linklater (August 3, 2009). "Kevin Macdonald will bring to film pre-Celtic clash of the cultures". The Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article6736860.ece. Retrieved August 25, 2009. 
  11. ^ For both wins and nominations, see IMDB: Awards for Jamie Bell
  12. ^ a b c IMDB: Awards for Jamie Bell
  13. ^ a b Biography for Jamie Bell: Trivia
  14. ^ BIFA 2000: 2000 Awards
  15. ^ LVFCS Sierra Award winners: 2000
  16. ^ British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Film Nominations 2000
  17. ^ Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards - according to the introduction page, the year of award is 2001 and the performance years are 1999-2000.
  18. ^ Sony Ericsson Empire Awards: 2001 Winners
  19. ^ The Critics' Circle: Film - British Newcomer of the Year - according to IMDB: Awards for Jamie Bell, the year of award is 2001 and the year of performance is 2000.
  20. ^ Phoenix Film Critics Society Archive of Past Winners: "Almost Famous" wins three PFCS Awards for the Year 2000 - the year of award is 2001 and the year of performance is 2000.
  21. ^ 26th Young Artist Awards: Winners and Nominees

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  • On why he continued pursuing ballet despite the mockery: "The other boys called me 'poof,' 'ballerina boy,' "Get on your tutu, Jamie." It gave me more determination to prove it wasn't just for girls. It was for boys as well."
  • On winning awards, after he won the BAFTA award: "It's just an award, although it is a big one. It is no good getting too big-headed. I've been very busy and I'm very tired. I've been given advice, you know, on speech-making and things like that. It's kind of weird that the other guys didn't win because they're such big guys."
  • "It's true that most British movies are emotional and I agree that most American actors look manufactured. It's a shame."
  • "Ballet is very hard. It takes a lot of practice to get to a certain standard. You have to know a lot about the steps because when you take examinations, they'll ask you all about it."
  • "Billy Elliot got that R-rating because of the swearing. But it wouldn't be what it was without the swearing; kids need to swear."
  • "I'm a hard-mouthed north-eastern lad. That's me - the Eminem of Northeast England."
  • "You probably won't see me dance in the movies again unless there's a 'Moulin Rouge 2' or 'Chicago Returns'."
  • "I hate maths. I can't stand it. Circumferences of circles and stuff - it's horrible."

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