Jamie Bell

The 'Billy Elliot' actor has gone on to carve a lucrative career.

Andrew James Matfin 'Jamie' Bell came into the world on 14 March 1986 in Billingham, County Durham where he grew up with his mother Eileen and older sister Kathryn. His father left before Bell was born.

He was educated at Northfield School and took performing arts classes at his local branch of Stagecoach Theatre School. Bell first got involved with dance, which his mother, grandmother and aunt took part in, at his sister's classes. He would copy what they were doing outside the class until, at the age of six, he was asked to join the lesson. This prepared him for his first role that thrust him into mainstream success and kick-started his acting career. At the age of 14, Bell won the lead part in 'Billy Elliot' over 2,000 boys who auditioned, in 2000.

It tells the story of a young boy in a mining town who secretly takes up ballet dancing and gets harassed when it comes out until he wins a place at the London National Ballet School. Bell won the hearts of moviegoers with his performance and won a number of awards including Best Newcomer (2000) and Best Male Performance (2001) at the Baftas. Following this hit film, Bell has gone on to enjoy a lucrative acting career with parts in 'Nicholas Nickelby' (2002), 'Dear Wendy' (2004), 'The Chumscrubber' (2004) and 'King Kong' in 2005.

In 2005, Bell started a relationship with US actress Evan Rachel Wood after they starred in Green Day's video for 'When September Ends'. The highly private couple ended their relationship in 2006 but rekindled their romance five years later and were married in 2012. They had a son in 2013 but divorced in 2014.

After meeting Wood, Bell forged a career in Hollywood films with the first being the Clint Eastwood-directed war drama 'Flags of our Fathers' in 2006, mystery romance 'Hallam Foe' in 2007 and adventure sci-fi flick 'Jumper' in 2008. He also appeared in 'Defiance' with Daniel Craig in 2008 before taking a break until 2011 when he starred in Roman drama 'The Eagle', 'Retreat' and 'Jane Eyre'. He also voiced the lead part in 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'.

In 2012, Bell featured in Hollywood film 'Man On A Ledge' and will also be seen in comedy crime drama 'Filth' at the end of this year. He then filmed thriller 'Snowpiercer', 'Filth' and 'Nymphomaniac' in 2013 and is set to appear in the reboot of 'The Fantastic Four'.