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While still a teenager, Jamie Bell shot to worldwide fame starring in the title role of Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot. Among the many honors he received for the performance were the BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and the British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer.
The northern England native portrayed Charles Dickens’ memorable character Smike in writer/director Douglas McGrath’s screen adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, for which he and his colleagues shared the National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble.
Mr. Bell’s subsequent films include David Gordon Green’s Undertow, opposite Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas; Thomas Vinterberg’s Dear Wendy, opposite Alison Pill; Peter Jackson’s epic King Kong; and Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed Flags of Our Fathers, in which he portrayed real-life WWII hero Ralph Ignatowski.
Among his other movies are David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe (a.k.a. Mister Foe), opposite Sophia Myles, for which he earned a British Independent Film Award nomination, and a BAFTA (Scotland) Award, for Best Actor; Arie Posin’s The Chumscrubber; Doug Liman’s Jumper, with Hayden Christensen; and Edward Zwick’s Defiance, alongside Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Mia Wasikowska of Jane Eyre. He will next be seen on-screen, starring opposite Channing Tatum, in Kevin Macdonald’s Roman epic adventure The Eagle, also for Focus Features.
Mr. Bell has additionally completed production on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, starring as Hergé’s legendary young adventurer Tintin for director Steven Spielberg in a highly anticipated motion-capture production filmed in 3-D. He is currently at work on Carl Tibbetts’ The Retreat, starring opposite Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton; and Asger Leth’s Man on a Ledge, starring with Sam Worthington.