This year is going to be extra sentimental because it will be the absolute last time for you to catch your favourite middle earth characters on the big screen. So we thought we do a quick roll call of our favourite wizards, hobbits, dwarfs and elves.
IAN McKELLEN (Gandalf the Grey), born and raised in the north of England, has been honored with over 50 international acting awards during his more than half a century on stage and screen. He is beloved by fans worldwide as Magneto in the “X-Men” films and Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.
McKellen’s performance as Gandalf the Grey in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” brought him an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award.
MARTIN FREEMAN (Bilbo Baggins) recently starred in the award winning Coen brothers’ television adaptation of “Fargo,” for which he was Emmy nominated in the category of Best Actor for his role as Lester Nygaard. In the mini-series he starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks. At the beginning of 2014, Freeman starred in the third series of the hugely celebrated BBC drama “Sherlock,” which also aired in the US on PBS. This year, Martin won the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Emmy for his portrayal of Dr John Watson, an award for which he has been previously nominated.
Freeman was last seen in cinemas reprising his role as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The first film in the Hobbit trilogy, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” opened to rave reviews, and the second film continued the success by breaking previous box office records and topping both the UK and US box office charts. Freeman again reprises the role in the third and final film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
RICHARD ARMITAGE (Thorin Oakenshield) has been a favorite of critics and audiences in the UK for several years, and his popularity is quickly rising worldwide.
Armitage, who originated the part of Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” reprises his role in the conclusion of the Trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” He received an Empire Award nomination this year for Best Supporting Actor for the role in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
Armitage gained a huge fan following in the UK with starring roles in such high-profile television productions as “North and South,” “Spooks (US title: MI-5),” “Robin Hood” and “Strike Back.”
EVANGELINE LILLY (Tauriel) reprises the role she first played in “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug.”
Lilly is perhaps best known for the starring role of ‘Kate Austen’ on the thought-provoking series “Lost,” which, over the course of six successful seasons, became one of the most discussed and debated shows in TV history. Lilly earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for ‘Best Actress in a Drama Series’ for her work on the show, and also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for ‘Outstanding Drama Series Ensemble’ in 2006.
On the big screen, Lilly appeared in Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture “The Hurt Locker,” playing ‘Connie James,’ the wife of Jeremy Renner’s character. As part of the ensemble cast, Lilly earned her second SAG Award ® nomination, for ‘Outstanding Motion Picture Cast.’
CATE BLANCHETT (Galadriel) originated the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy and reprised it in “The Hobbit” Trilogy.
Blanchett is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art and holds Honorary Doctorates of Letters from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. From
2008 – 2012 she was the co-Artistic Director and co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), alongside Andrew Upton.
LUKE EVANS (Bard) reprises the role he played in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
The Welsh actor has starred in numerous films, including most recently as Vlad in “Dracula Untold,” based on Bram Stoker’s novel; and “Fast & Furious 6,” alongside Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez. Next up, Evans will begin production on his leading role in Relativity’s remake of “The Crow.”
ORLANDO BLOOM (Legolas) first created the role of Legolas in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. For the final film, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” he shared in several Best Ensemble awards, including a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award.
Born in Canterbury, England, Bloom trained at the National Youth Theatre in London and he later earned a scholarship to study with the British American Drama Academy. After completing his scholarship, he made his feature film debut in “Wilde,” starring Stephen Fry and Jude Law. Bloom was next accepted to London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he performed in many stage productions, including “Peer Gynt” and “Twelfth Night.” Upon graduation, a then unknown Bloom was cast in the films that launched his career, Jackson’s screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies opens in cinemas Dec 19
Images courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures Singapore
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