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Andrew James Matfin Bell (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor and dancer. He rose to prominence for his debut role in (2000), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, becoming one of the youngest winners of the award. He is also known for his leading roles as Tintin in The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and as Ben Grimm / Thing in Fantastic Four (2015). Other notable performances include in the films King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), (2013), and Rocketman (2019). He earned a second BAFTA Award nomination for his leading performance in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017). In television, Bell starred as in the AMC historical drama series (2014–2017).


Early life
Jamie Bell was born on 14 March 1986 in , England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen Matfin, and elder sister, Kathryn. His father, John Bell, a toolmaker, left before Jamie was born. Bell began his involvement with dance after he accompanied his sister to her ballet lessons.


Acting career
In 1999, Bell was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of , an 11-year-old boy who dismays his widowed father and elder brother by taking up ballet. Billy Elliot, DVD, production notes Bell's performance received widespread acclaim, and 14-year-old Bell won London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year, British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer, Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, becoming one of the youngest winners of the awards. He also appeared in Close and True, an ITV legal drama shown in 2000, which starred , and .

Bell served as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. In 2002, he appeared as the disabled servant in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby and a young soldier in Deathwatch. In the following years, he portrayed a teenager on the run in Undertow, a gun-toting pacifist in , a disaffected Southern California teenager in , and the young Jimmy in the 2005 film version of King Kong. Also in 2005, he starred opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the video "Wake Me Up When September Ends", directed by . In 2007, he played the title character in – for which he was nominated for the best actor award at the British Independent Film Awards – and appeared as himself in lonelygirl15 spin-off . He had roles in two 2008 films: the film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance. In the second film he plays , the third of the Bielski Brothers, leaders of a partisan group that saved 1,200 lives during the .

In 2009, producers announced that Bell would play the title role in the film The Adventures of Tintin, alongside and . The film was released in 2011. He also starred in the 2011 films The Eagle as Esca and Jane Eyre as St John Rivers. In 2013, he starred alongside in the film Filth and appeared as Edgar in .

From 2014 to 2017, Bell appeared as in . In 2015, he played the Thing in the Fantastic Four . The film would go on in infamy as one of the worst comic book films ever made. In 2022, Bell would say of it, "I don’t think it Save your money, save your time."

In 2017, Bell had starring roles in 6 Days and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. In 2019, he had a supporting role as in the biographical based on the life of , Rocketman.


Personal life
Bell dated American actress Evan Rachel Wood for a year in 2005 after they had met at the Sundance Film Festival. Wood was aware of the false claims that they had first met while co-starring in the music video for Green Day's song "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and has stated they were "already dating and very much in love by that point." Five years later, in mid-2011, it was reported that Bell and Wood had rekindled their relationship. The couple married in a small ceremony on 30 October 2012. They have one son, born in July 2013. The couple announced that they had separated on 28 May 2014.

In late 2015, Bell began dating his Fantastic Four co-star , and in January 2017 the couple became engaged. On 17 July 2017, they announced that they had married. They have a daughter, born in May 2019. On November 17th, 2022, his wife Mara announced on Instagram account that she had given birth to a son the week before.

Bell is an .

He is also a keen football fan and an avid supporter of Arsenal F.C.


Filmography

Film
2000Billy Elliot
2002DeathwatchPvt. Charlie Shakespeare
Nicholas NicklebySmike
2004UndertowChris Munn
2005Dick Dandelion
Dean Stifle
King KongJimmy
2006Flags of Our Fathers
2007Hallam Foe
2008JumperGriffin O'Conner
Defiance
2011The EagleEsca
Jane EyreSt. John Rivers
RetreatPvt. Jack Coleman
The Adventures of TintinTintinMotion-capture
2012Man on a LedgeJoey Cassidy
2013Edgar
FilthRay Lennox
NymphomaniacK
2015Fantastic FourBen Grimm / The ThingAlso motion-capture
2017Film Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolPeter Turner
6 DaysRusty Firmin
2018DonnybrookJarhead Earl
Skin
2019Rocketman
2020DannyVoice only
2021Without RemorseRobert Ritter
Surrounded Post-production
Strangers Post-production


Television
2000Close and TrueMark Sheedy1 episode
2014–2017Main role, 40 episodes
2022Harper CurtisMain role, 8 episodes


Video games
2005King KongJimmy
2008Griffin O'Conner


Music videos
2005"Wake Me Up When September Ends"


Accolades
British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Performer
Empire Award for Best Debut
Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year The Critics' Circle: Film – British Newcomer of the Year (archive from 3 August 2007)
National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Young Actor
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in an International Film Twenty-Second Annual Young Artist Awards  – according to the introduction page , the year of award is 2001 and the performance years are 1999–2000.
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
European Film Award for Best Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Performance
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor
British Independent Film Award for Best Actor


See also
  • List of British actors


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