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Image: Teen talent turned star Best known for: Playing the title role in Billy Elliot Early life: Jamie was born on March 14, 1986 in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees. He came from a family of dancers, including his grandmother, mother, aunt and sister, and began his own career in dance at an early age. In 2000, he took his talent to the big screen when he won the title role in Billy Elliot, a film about a young boy with a gift for ballet dancing that he tries to keep a secret, which paralleled Jamie's own story.

Don't mention: The bullying he received after taking the role of Billy Elliot. It only made him more determined to prove dancing spotlight on... JAMIE BELL Career: Billy Elliot was a huge hit, garnering Jamie vast critical praise. He went on to star in independent movies such as Undertow, Dear Wendy, The Chumscrubber and Hallam Foe. He also took the lead role in the 2002 horror film Deathwatch, played Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby that same year and Jimmy in Peter Jackson's remake of adventure classic King Kong in 2005. He has also played real-life figures in two war films; US Marine Ralph Ignatowski in 2006's Flags of Our Fathers and Asael Bielski in 2008's Defiance. He appeared alongside Hayden Christensen in sci-fi drama Jumper that same year. Jamie is also due to play the title role in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, based upon the popular comic books.

Love life: Plays his cards close to his chest on this one.

wasn't just for girls. Quote: "My biggest fear was that I would not be able to take the step from a child actor to an adult. I think it happened when I was able to play a soldier in Deathwatch." Tonight: Jumper, Channel 4, 9pm.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 18, 2010
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