Actor Of The Day: JAMIE BELL
What he’s in: DEFIANCE coming out December 31, 2008 (Limited), January 16, 2009 (Nationwide)
His Character: Asael Bielski, one of three Jewish brothers who escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis.
The Buzz: Since Billy Elliott, Jamie Bell has displayed some amazing acting abilities that deserve our spotlight. In Defiance, he will have another opportunity to display his chops in a very meaningful way.
Bell was born in Billingham, County Durham, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen, and older sister. Bell was a pupil at Northfield School, then the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre. In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and older brother by taking up ballet.
Bell acted as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. Since his film debut in Billy Elliot, he has appeared as the crippled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, a young soldier in Deathwatch, 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. 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 has roles in two 2008 films: the sci-fi film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance. .
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