Orlando Bloom thrills Wellington shoppers

STREET STAR: Orlando Bloom with excited fans, from left,  Miranda Webster, Aggie Galloway, Kayla Carruthers, Sam Walton, and  Hannah Robson on Vivian St.
STREET STAR: Orlando Bloom with excited fans, from left, Miranda Webster, Aggie Galloway, Kayla Carruthers, Sam Walton, and Hannah Robson on Vivian St.

Hollywood star Orlando Bloom has been seen out and about in Wellington, joining a growing number of Hobbit actors arriving in the city as production resumes after a three-month hiatus.

Wellingtonians Miranda Webster, Aggie Galloway, Kayla Carruthers, Sam Walton and Hannah Robson met Bloom yesterday when they saw him shopping in the central city.

Ms Carruthers, 19, said she and her friends were on Vivian St when they saw Bloom go into a photography store.

"We weren't sure at first if it was him or not, so we waited around casually outside the stop, and then when he came out we saw it was definitely him."

They approached the star, who plays elf archer Legolas in Sir Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, and asked if he would pose for a photo or two.

"He was really, really nice, and asked us how we were going. He was dressed really casually, and his hair was a bit shaggy."

Bloom, who recently celebrated the birth of his first child with his wife, model Miranda Kerr, is reportedly set to earn $1 million for his return as Legolas, despite appearing in the film for less than two minutes.

British actor Stephen Fry, who will play the Master of Laketown, has also been seen around the city this week.

The Dominion Post