Orlando's Home Comforts, Kentish Gazette (UK), August 2005
HOLLYWOOD heart-throb Orlando Bloom paid a flying
visit to his family in
Canterbury at the weekend. But he still made time to
talk exclusively to Gerry Warren.
Chief reporter Gerry with Orlando
Orlando with his mum Sonia and dad Colin Stone
IN PERSON he looks every bit the action hero and movie
star he appears on the big screen.
But for someone who has become one of the hottest
names in Hollywood, Orlando Bloom is just about as
down-to-earth as anyone can be.
The former pupil of St. Edmund's School, Canterbury,
was plucked from obscurity to play Legolas in the
blockbuster Lord of the Rings films.
Since then he's been involved in a hectic schedule of
filming for hit movies including Pirates of the
Caribbean, Troy and Kingdom of Heaven.
Despite his travels to some of the most exotic
locations in the world, the 6ft tall, 28-year-old actor
says he still loves to come home to Canterbury.
Pressure of filming and other commitments in the
business mean his visits to the city have become
But earlier this week he spent a couple of days with
his mother, Sonia Copeland, at her home.
When I visited him, Orlando was tucking in to some of
his mum's home-made vegetable soup - still a favourite
meal from his childhood days.
He said: "I don't get that many opportunities to get
down these days, but when I do I love coming back to
Canterbury. It's a beautiful city and where my roots
"It's also nice to get away from some of the pressures
and be able to relax with my family and friends here.
"I was last in Canterbury about a year ago and the
place has changed quite a lot with the new shops and
"But it's got a great atmosphere and people are
generally very good and don't bother me.
"I try to keep a bit of a low profile but, of course,
I occasionally get asked for an autograph and that's
Orlando was taking a break from filming the next two
sequels of Pirates of the Caribbean.
But his next big film, a romantic comedy called
Elizabethtown, is out in October and is a departure
from the usual swashbuckling roles he plays. He said:
"I have been very lucky to get the breaks I have and,
quite honestly, it's taken me by surprise as much as
anyone else. But I have had some great roles."
As well as staying with his mother, Orlando also saw
his father, Colin Stone, and his grandmother. The
family also enjoyed at meal at Cafe Des Amis in St.
Dunstan's - "one of my favourite old haunts".
Sonia added: "These days I tend to go and visit him
because it's a bit easier but it's lovely to have him
home once in a while.
"He's a very level-headed and kind boy and hasn't
taken his success for granted.