Billy All Grown-Up: Where is Jamie Bell Now?
With the West End production of Billy Elliot still going strong, Jamie Bell, who played Billy in the award-winning 2000 film, has had a busy year.
In 2011, Bell, 25, starred in no less than five major Hollywood films, including such diverse roles as a Roman slave in The Eagle alongside Channing Tatum and Donald Sutherland and a clergyman in Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Dame Judi Dench. He also won the title role in the highly anticipated performance-capture 3D film, The Adventures of Tintin. Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson of The Lord of the Rings fame, the movie is based on the popular comic books by Belgian artist, Hergé.
Bell was chosen from over 2,000 boys for the coveted role of Billy Elliot, marking his film debut in 2000. After turning in a heartfelt performance as the Northern boy who develops a passion for ballet, he won a BAFTA Award for Best Actor, in addition to many other awards and accolades.
He went on to play roles in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong, Clint Eastwood’s highly acclaimed World War II drama, Flags of Our Fathers, and the film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby.
Next up, Bell will be starring in the action thriller, Man on a Ledge, with Ed Harris, Elizabeth Banks, and Kyra Sedgwick. With such a string of hits under his belt, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing more from this rising star in the coming years.