Jamie Bell's Birthday: All His Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Newsweek analyzes data from Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb to rank all of Jamie Bell's movies from worst to best.
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Jamie Bell's Birthday: All His Movies Ranked from Worst to Best Newsweek

British actor Jamie Bell, who turns 33 today, shot to fame at the age of 14 after playing the lead role in iconic dance drama Billy Elliot, becoming one of the youngest actors to win a BAFTA. "It's all downhill from there!" he joked. Not quite.

Born on March 14, 1986 in Billingham, a small town in northeast England, Bell took up dancing as a child after accompanying his sister to her ballet lessons. In 1999 he beat more than 2,000 boys to play the lead role in Billy Elliot. He played a young boy who—to the humiliation of his working-class father and elder brother—takes up ballet. Bell's life changed forever.

"It is very impactful, it means everything, and everything kind of comes back to that," Bell told The Guardian in 2011. "That wasn't really acting to me. That was my life. I'd put ballet shoes down my pants to hide them from my friends. I'd done all this before. So the BAFTA doesn't feel like an achievement. The achievement was getting the role. But I consider that to be extremely lucky."

The movie catapulted Bell to fame and immediately became part of the nation's canon of classics. It earned $109 million at the box-office on a budget of less than $4 million, spawning both West End and Broadway stage productions. Bell received eight awards in total, from the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role to the British Independent Film Award for Best Newcomer.

But Bell's trajectory did not go the way of many child stars—he transitioned almost seamlessly into a stable and successful professional career in acting. There have been leading roles in indie movies such as David Gordon Green's Undertow , David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe (for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards), and Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac Vol II.

He has also starred in blockbusters such as Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005), Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and Fantastic Four (2015).

Fantastic Four was panned: "Worse than worthless," Peter Travers wrote in Rolling Stone, while Hollywood Reporter 's Todd McCarthy called it "a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens."

But the roles keep on coming. Last year, he picked up another BAFTA nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. This spring sees the release of Rocketman, the hotly anticipated biopic of Elton John, in which he plays Elton's influential songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin.

To celebrate Bell's birthday, Newsweek has analyzed data from review aggregation websites Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb to rank all of his movies from worst to best.

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Twentieth Century Fox