Jamie Bell (born 14 March 1986 in Billingham, County Durham, England) is a British actor. His most famous role is that of Billy Elliot in the film Billy Elliot – I Will Dance from 2000. Jamie Bell comes from a family in which many women were dancers including his grandmother, his mother, his sister and his aunt. Jamie Bell began dancing at the age of six. A parallel with the story of Billy Elliot, Bell kept his dance training a secret from his classmates.
In 1998 he made his debut in the play Bugsy Malone in London. During the casting of Billy Elliot, Jamie Bell was able to prevail against about 2,000 other boys, and was given the lead role. Audiences and critics were enthusiastic with his representation.
The film was nominated for three Oscars and received worldwide in 2000-2002 a total of 48 film awards. In director Stephen Daldry, Bell in retrospect saw him as something of a father substitute, because he never met his biological father.
In subsequent years Bell was seen in a 2002 film version of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. In 2005 he appeared in Peter Jackson’s King Kong adventure film as a cabin boy Jimmy and in 2008 in the sci-fi action movie Jumper in the role of Griffin.
From January to March 2009, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s comic book movie The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, in which Bell embodies the title role.
In the music video ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ by Green Day, Bell can be seen as an American soldier. Since spring 2010 there have been rumors Bell could get a role in the next James Bond film (working title Bond 23). These speculations include a possible commitment as a leading actor in a Young Bond production and his comments on the work of his colleague and friend, Daniel Craig as the new James Bond.
BAFTA Awards 2001 (Best Actor)
Empire Awards 2001 (best newcomer)
2000: Close & True (TV series)
2000: Billy Elliot – I Will Dance (Billy Elliot)
2002: Death Watch
2002: Nicholas Nickleby
2004: Undertow – In the wake of revenge
2005: Dear Wendy
2005: The Chumscrubber
2005: King Kong
2006: Flags of Our Fathers
2007: Hallam Foe – This Is My Story