Jamie Bell

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

Jamie Bell

Mini Biography

Born: 14 March 1986, Billingham, County Durham, England. 

Jamie Bell’s journey began at a young age, inspired by his family’s passion for dance. At six, he started taking ballet classes and his talent soon caught the attention of teachers.

His theatrical debut came at the age of eight, appearing in the National Youth Music Theatre’s production of “Bugsy Malone.” This experience enflamed his love for performing, leading him to pursue further training at the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school.

In 2000, at 14 years old, Jamie Bell’s life took a dramatic turn when he was cast as the titular role in the film “Billy Elliot.” This breakthrough role catapulted him into the international spotlight, earning him numerous accolades, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, becoming one of the youngest ever winners in the category.

Bell’s success did not end with “Billy Elliot.” His versatility and dedication to his craft led him to tackle a wide range of roles, showcasing his ability to transform into diverse characters. He appeared in renowned films such as “King Kong” (2005), “Jumper” (2008), “Snowpiercer” (2013), and “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” (2011) and “Rocketman” (2019).

Off-screen, Bell has also demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit. In 2012, he co-founded Enfants Terribles, a fashion line that combines streetwear with a touch of theatricality.

In 2017, Jamie Bell married actress Kate Mara and they have two children together.


BAFTA award


WINNER|Film: Actor in a Leading Role for Billy Elliot (2001)



Suggested viewing


Billy Elliot (2000)

Billy Elliot poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.7

Amidst the harsh realities of a mining community during the 1984 miners’ strike, an 11-year-old boy named Billy Elliot discovers an unexpected passion for ballet. Despite the disapproval of his traditionally masculine father, Billy pursues his dream, finding solace and self-expression in the world of dance. Through his dedication and talent, Billy overcomes societal expectations and familial resistance, embracing his unique path and finding his true voice.

Top cast: Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood, Jamie Raven, Stuart Wells, Mike Elliot, Billy Fane, Nicola Blackwell.

Filth (2013)
Filth poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.0

In the gritty underbelly of Edinburgh, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, a corrupt, drug-addled misanthrope, embarks on a ruthless quest for promotion, manipulating, blackmailing, and exploiting anyone in his path. As he digs deeper into a brutal murder case, his grip on reality loosens, and his hallucinations blur the lines between truth and fantasy, exposing the depths of his depravity and the fragility of his sanity.

Top cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Broadbent, Brian McCardie, Emun Elliott, Gary Lewis.

Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.3

From his humble beginnings as Reginald Dwight, a shy and insecure young pianist, Elton John’s life is transformed when he collaborates with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Their partnership ignites a musical revolution, propelling Elton to the heights of stardom. However, behind the glitter and spectacle of his flamboyant persona lies a complex and troubled individual grappling with self-acceptance, addiction, and the elusive search for love and belonging.

Top cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard, Gemma Jones, Stephen Graham, Steven Mackintosh, Tate Donovan, Charlie Rowe.

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin (2011) poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.3

Intrepid reporter Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy embark on a thrilling adventure after acquiring a mysterious model ship. Their pursuit of the ship’s secrets leads them into the crosshairs of the villainous Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine, who believes Tintin holds the key to a hidden treasure. Along the way, they encounter a colorful cast of characters, including the eccentric Captain Archibald Haddock, as they navigate treacherous waters and uncover a centuries-old mystery.

Top cast: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Cary Elwes, Tony Curran, Toby Jones, Daniel Mays.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.7

In the fading twilight of her illustrious career, Hollywood icon Gloria Grahame finds solace and companionship in a passionate yet tumultuous affair with a younger actor, Peter Turner. As their relationship intertwines with Gloria’s battle against declining health, a poignant portrait emerges of two individuals grappling with love, loss, and the indelible mark of fleeting stardom.

Top cast: Annette Being, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham, Kenneth Cranham, Leanne Best, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber, James Bloor.

All of Us Strangers (2023)

All of Us Strangers poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

A man grappling with the loss of his parents in a childhood accident finds his life upended by a mysterious encounter with a neighbour. Drawn back to his childhood home, he experiences a surreal encounter with his parents, seemingly frozen in time on the day of their deaths. As he grapples with this emotional reunion and a burgeoning relationship, he must confront his past and find a way to move forward.

Top cast: Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy, Jamie Bell, Ami Tredrea.

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