Andrew James Matfin Bell (born 14 March 1986) is an English actor and dancer. He rose to prominence for his debut role in Billy Elliot (2000), for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He is also known for his roles in the films King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Snowpiercer (2013), Fantastic Four (2015) and Rocketman (2019), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the television series Turn: Washington's Spies (2014).
Bell at the 2019 Berlinale
Andrew James Matfin Bell
14 March 1986
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
Evan Rachel Wood
(m. 2012; div. 2014)
Bell was born in Billingham, County Durham, England, where he grew up with his mother, Eileen (née 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.
In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and elder brother by taking up ballet. He also appeared in Close and True, an ITV legal drama shown in 2000, which starred Robson Green, James Bolam and Susan Jameson.
Bell served as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. In 2002, he appeared as the disabled servant Smike 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 Dear Wendy, a disaffected Southern California teenager in The Chumscrubber, and the young Jimmy in the 2005 film version of King Kong. Also in 2005, he starred opposite Evan Rachel Wood in the Green Day video "Wake Me Up When September Ends", directed by Samuel Bayer. In 2007, he played the title character in Hallam Foe – for which he was nominated for the best actor award at the British Independent Film Awards – and appeared as himself in lonelygirl15 spin-off KateModern. He had roles in two 2008 films: the sci-fi film Jumper and the World War II drama Defiance. In the second film he plays Asael Bielski, the third of the Bielski Brothers, leaders of a partisan group that saved 1200 lives during the Holocaust.
In 2009, it was announced Bell would play the title role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin, alongside British double act Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. 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 James McAvoy in the film Filth and appeared as Edgar in Snowpiercer.
From 2014 to 2017, Bell appeared as Abraham Woodhull in Turn: Washington's Spies. In 2015, he played the Thing in the Fantastic Four reboot. In 2017, Bell had starring roles in 6 Days and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. In 2019, Bell had a supporting role as Bernie Taupin in the biographical musical film based on the life of Elton John, Rocketman.
Bell began dating American actress Evan Rachel Wood after they met while co-starring in the music video for Green Day's 2005 song "Wake Me Up When September Ends". After a year together, the couple broke up in 2006. 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. Bell and Wood announced that they had separated on 28 May 2014.
In late 2015, Bell began dating his Fantastic Four co-star Kate Mara and in January 2017, the couple became engaged. On 17 July 2017, the couple announced that they had married. In May 2019, the couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter.
|2000||Billy Elliot||Billy Elliot|
|2002||Deathwatch||Pvt. Charlie Shakespeare|
|2005||Dear Wendy||Dick Dandelion|
|The Chumscrubber||Dean Stifle|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Ralph "Iggy" Ignatowski|
|2007||Hallam Foe||Hallam Foe|
|Jane Eyre||St. John Rivers|
|Retreat||Pvt. Jack Coleman|
|The Adventures of Tintin||Tintin|
|2012||Man on a Ledge||Joey Cassidy|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Ben Grimm / The Thing|
|2017||Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool||Peter Turner|
|6 Days||Rusty Firmin|
|2020||Without Remorse||Robert Ritter||Filming|
|TBA||Cranston Academy: Monster Zone||Danny||Voice only; post-production|
|2000||Close and True||Mark Sheedy||Episode: "Town and Gown"|
|2014–2017||TURN: Washington's Spies||Abraham Woodhull||40 episodes|
|2005||"Wake Me Up When September Ends"||Green Day|
|2005||Peter Jackson's King Kong||Jimmy|
|2008||Jumper: Griffin's Story||Griffin O'Conner|
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