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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.
Jamie Bell | Billy Elliott
Bell became an international sensation after he was chosen from 2000 boys to play the eponymous lead in director Stephen Daldry’s 2000 film Billy Elliott. The movie is the story of a boy from a mining town in County Durham, Northern England, who discovers he has a unique, innate talent as a ballet dancer, but is ostracized by both his peers and family members for choosing to do such an unmanly activity. It was a role Bell was born to play, and he dazzled not only with his dancing skills but with an incredibly moving and genuine performance as a boy torn between following his heart and conforming to the expectations of those around him. The crowdpleasing movie became a hit in the US as well as its native UK, and Bell won accolades and awards galore. At the BAFTAs, the Britain’s version of the Oscars, the 13-year-old Bell took home Best Actor, beating out Russell Crowe, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks and Geoffrey Rush to win the award.