Bell, Jamie: Profile of Billy Elliot, Flags of Our Fathers, Fantastic Four Star

JAMIE BELL plays Ben Grimm in the new Fantastic Four picture, bowing August 2015.

While still a teenager, Bell shot to worldwide fame starring in the title role of Stephen Daldry’s “Billy Elliot.”

Billy Elliot

He received the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in the film.

Bell then went onto portray Smike in Douglas McGrath’s screen adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” for which he and his colleagues shared the National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble.

Recently, Bell starred in the second season of AMC’s “Turn.”  Bell stars as the lead role of Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.

Last year, Bell appeared in Joon-ho Bong’s “Snowpiercer” opposite Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. The film was released on June 27, 2014. Prior to its release, “Snowpiercer” premiered as opening night film for the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 11, 2014 and the 6th Annual BAMCinemaFest on June 25, 2014.


In 2014, Bell also starred in John Baird’s  “Filth” opposite James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan and Imogen Poots. The film, which was about a bipolar, bigoted junkie cop who manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season, was released on May 30, 2014.

Nymphomaniac: Volume II

That same year, Bell appeared in Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac: Volume II” alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf and Willem Dafoe. The film is a continuation of Joe’s (Gainsbourg) sexually dictated life that delves into the darker aspects of her adulthood, obsessions and what led to her being in Seligman’s (Skarsgard) care. “Nymphomaniac: Volume II” became available on video on demand on April 3, 2014 and was subsequently released in theaters on April 18, 2014.

In 2012, Bell starred in Asger Leth’s “Man on a Ledge,” opposite Sam Worthington and Ed Harris. The film was about a police psychologist who works to talk down an ex-con that is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, while the biggest diamond heist is being committed in London. “Man on a Ledge” was released on January 27, 2014.

In 2011, Bell played the titular role in Steven Spielberg’s motion capture 3D “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” as Hergé’s legendary young adventurer. The film premiered at the AFI Film Festival on November 10, 2011 and then was subsequently released in theaters on December 21, 2011. That same year, Bell starred in Kevin Macdonald’s “The Eagle,” Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre” and Carl Tibbetts’ “The Retreat.”

Bell’s additional film credits include: David Gordon Green’s “Undertow;” Thomas Vinterberg’s “Dear Wendy;” Peter Jackson’s epic “King Kong;” Clint Eastwood’s acclaimed “Flags of Our Fathers,” in which he portrayed real-life WWII hero Ralph Ignatowski; David Mackenzie’s “Hallam Foe” (a.k.a. “Mister Foe”), for which he earned a British Independent Film Award nomination and a BAFTA (Scotland) Award for Best Actor; Arie Posin’s “The Chumscrubber”; Doug Liman’s “Jumper”; and Edward Zwick’s “Defiance.”