Jamie Bell Biography
Andrew James Matfin Bell was born in 1986 in Bellingham, Teesside, England, where he was also brought up together with his sisters. He is a son of Eileen Matfin and John Bell. Jamie’s father, John Bell who was known to be a tool maker passed on before the birth of Jamie. Bell’s family is said to comprise of dancers, from his grandmother, aunt and sisters.
Bell gained the attention of many through his role in Billy Elliot (2000) that won him the BAFTA for Best Actor in Leading Role. He has done a number of other films like King Kong (2005), Snowpiercer – 2013, The Adventures of Tintin – 2011 and Jumper – 2008. His recent works are Turn: Washington’s Spies – 2014 and Fantastic Four – 2015 portraying The Thing.
Jamie’s interest in dancing began after he gave his sister accompany to her ballet lessons. By then, he was a pupil at Northfield school and at the same time he took extra lessons on performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. He was a member of National Youth Theatre.
In 1999, when he was 11 years old, Jamie Bell was among the 2,000 young men who auditioned for the role of Billy Elliot in a play. He dismayed his family members by winning the role.
In 2000, Jamie appeared in an ITV legal drama known as “Close and True” which starred three actors; Susan Jameson, James Bolam and Robson Green.
In 2001, at Giffoni Film Festival, Jamie served as Honorary President and in 2002, Jamie also appeared as a young soldier in Deathwatch and as the disabled servant Smike in the adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby.
In 2003 Jamie Bell portrayed a teenager on the run. This was in Undertow, and in 2005 , he played the role of Young Jimmy in the film version of “King Kong”. In the same year, Jamie starred together with Evan Rachel Wood in the Green Day Video entitled “Wake Me Up When September Ends” which was directed by Samuel Bayer.
In2007 Jamie Bell was nominated for the best actor award at the British Independent Award after playing the title character in “Hallam Foe”. He also appeared himself in “Lonelygirl15” spin-off KaterModern.