Born in Canterbury, Kent, Orlando made his film debut with a small role in the 1997 film Wilde. He was cast as Legolas in Lord of The RIngs: Fellowship of The Ring two days after he had graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His work as Legolas in all 3 Lord of The Ring films lead to what some consider his biggest role to date, blacksmith turned pirate Will Turner, in 3 of the 4 Pirates of The Carbbean films opposite Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. He will reprise his role as Will Turner in the fifth Pirates film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, when it's released on May 26, 2017. He also later reprised his role as Legolas in the Hobbitt film trilogy.
In addition to his film work, Orlando has also worked in theater, appearing in plays such as the David Storey play In Celebration, and has also appeared on TV shows such as Extras.
Before Katy, Orlando was married to model Miranda Kerr from 2011-2013 They have a son, Flynn, who was born on January 6, 2011.