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People in Film | Jamie Bell

Posted November 18, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Jamie Bell"

Meet Jamie Bell, the British actor who stars in two Focus Features releases for 2011, Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle and Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre.

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Jamie Bell | A Northern Homecoming

For Jamie Bell, his two 2011 releases from Focus Features, Kevin Macdonald’s Roman adventure The Eagle and Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, represent something of a homecoming for the young actor. Both movies are principally set in the North of England – The Eagle in the areas around Hadrian’s Wall, near the Scottish border, and Jane Eyre in northern Derbyshire – which is the area where Bell himself grew up. He was born in 1986 in Billingham, near Middlesborough, and was brought up by his mother, Eileen, and older sister, Kathryn. He came from a family of dancers, and Bell started dancing himself after he caught the bug watching and imitating the movements his sister was being taught at her ballet lessons. His passion for dance and performance became a dominant part of his life, and though he was mocked by his classmates at school, his dedication was rewarded all too soon.