Jamie Bell

Jamie Bell

Born: March 14, 1986
Age: 32
Birthplace: Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England
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Andrew James Matfin "Jamie" Bell (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor and dancer who rose to prominence for his debut role in Billy Elliot (2000) for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also known for his roles in the films King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and Snowpiercer (2013), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the TV series, Turn: Washington's Spies (2014). He portrayed the Thing in the 2015 film Fantastic Four.


Early life

Bell was born in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen (née Matfin), and elder sister, Kathryn. His father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Bell was born. Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons. He was a pupil at Northfield School and took performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre.


In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and elder brother by taking up ballet. He also appeared in Close and True, an ITV legal drama shown in 2000, which starred Robson Green, James Bolam, and Susan Jameson.

Bell served as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. In 2002, he appeared as the disabled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby and a young soldier in Deathwatch. In the following years, he portrayed 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. Also in 2005, he starred opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the Green Day video Wake Me Up When September Ends, directed by Samuel Bayer. 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. He had roles in two 2008 films: the sci-fi film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance. In the second film he plays Asael Bielski, the third of the Bielski Brothers - leaders of a partisan group that saved some 1,200 lives during the Holocaust.

In 2009, it was announced Bell would play the title role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin, alongside British double act Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film was released in 2011. He also starred in the 2011 films The Eagle as Esca and Jane Eyre as St. John Rivers. In 2013, he starred alongside James McAvoy in the film Filth and appeared as Edgar in Snowpiercer.

Since 2014, Bell has appeared as Abraham Woodhull in Turn: Washington's Spies; the fourth and final season will begin airing in April 2017. In 2015, he played the Thing in the Fantastic Four reboot.

Personal life

Bell began dating American actress Evan Rachel Wood after they met while co-starring in the music video for Green Day's 2005 song "Wake Me Up When September Ends". After a year together, the couple broke up in 2006. Five years later, in mid-2011, it was reported that Bell and Wood had rekindled their relationship. The couple married in a small ceremony on 30 October 2012. They have one son, born in July 2013. Bell and Wood announced that they had separated on 28 May 2014.

In late 2015, Bell began dating his Fantastic Four co-star Kate Mara and in January 2017, the couple got engaged.



Year Title Role Director
2000 Billy Elliot Billy Elliot Stephen Daldry
2002 Deathwatch Pvt. Charlie Shakespeare Michael J. Bassett
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Smike Douglas McGrath
2004 Undertow Chris Munn David Gordon Green
2005 Dear Wendy Dick Dandelion Thomas Vinterberg
2005 The Chumscrubber Dean Stifle Arie Posin
2005 King Kong Jimmy Peter Jackson
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski Clint Eastwood
2007 Hallam Foe Hallam Foe David Mackenzie
2008 Jumper Griffin O'Conner Doug Liman
2008 Defiance Asael Bielski Edward Zwick
2011 The Eagle Esca Kevin Macdonald
2011 Jane Eyre St. John Rivers Cary Fukunaga
2011 Retreat Jack Carl Tibbets
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Tintin Steven Spielberg
2012 Man on a Ledge Joey Cassidy Asger Leth
2013 Snowpiercer Edgar Bong Joon-ho
2013 Filth Ray Lennox Jon S. Baird
2013 Nymphomaniac K Lars von Trier
2015 Fantastic Four Ben Grimm/The Thing Josh Trank
2017 Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Peter Turner Paul McGuigan


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Close and True Mark Sheedy 1 episode: "Town and Gown"
2014-present TURN: Washington's Spies Abraham Woodhull Main cast (2014-present; 30 episodes)

Music videos

Year Title Role Notes
2005 "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Green Day

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Peter Jackson's King Kong Jimmy (voice)
2008 Jumper: Griffin's Story Griffin O'Conner (voice)


Year Nominated work Award Result
2000 Billy Elliot BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer Won
Empire Award for Best Debut Won
Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Won
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film Won
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year Won
National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Young Actor Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Youth Performance Won
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in an International Film Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor Nominated
European Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Newcomer Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance Nominated
2002 Nicholas Nickleby National Board of Review Award for Best Cast Won
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Nominated
2004 Undertow Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Won
2007 Hallam Foe BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor Nominated
British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
2008 Jumper MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Nominated
2013 Nymphomaniac Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2016 Fantastic Four Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]