|Date of Birth||1973 , London, England, UK|
Mini Bio (1)
In his native England, Orlando attended Oxford University, earning a degree in English and French literature. He performed in many Oxford University Dramatic Society productions - as "Macbeth" in Macbeth, "Caliban" in The Tempest, and "Demetrius" in the Russian touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream - before eventually walking away with the coveted Cuppers Prize for best actor at Oxford. Orlando continued his actor training at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in London and the Conservatoire National Superieure d'Art Dramatique in Paris before going on to tour Europe and North America with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company for three years, playing "Silvio" in The Servant To Two Masters at RSC's flagship theater in Stratford-on-Avon as well as at the more avant garde Young Vic theater in London. Orlando also starred as "Orpheus" in the West End production of Eurydice, worked in Brazil alongside "Theater of the Oppressed" creator Augusto Boal, and traveled England with his own improvisational and clown troupe, "Kepow."
Orlando's first foray into feature films came when Kenneth Branagh hand-picked him to serve as his acting understudy for 1996's Hamlet (1996). Roles in Sleepy Hollow, Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy, and Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001) quickly followed, with Orlando winning high praise from critics and fans alike for his portrayal of Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott. His television appearances include The Ghost Whisperer, Monk, and The West Wing as well as a six-month stint on England's top-rated series Casualty.
Orlando now resides in Los Angeles and London, having been professionally trained in just about everything in which an actor might want to be trained--from Commedia dell'Arte, improvisation, mime, and clown to voice, dance, fencing, and horseback riding. He also speaks fluent French and has mastered a number of dialects. He currently teaches youth acting classes in Los Angeles and is planning to record an album.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Carrie Goddard