He was a pupil at Northfield School and took performing arts classes at the local franchise of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre.
In 1999, he was chosen from a field of over 2,000 boys for the role of Billy Elliot, an 11-year-old boy who dismays his working-class widowed father and elder brother by taking up ballet.
Bell served as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival.
In 2002, he appeared as the disabled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby and a young soldier in Deathwatch.
In the following years, he portrayed a teenager on the run in Undertow, a gun-toting pacifist in Dear Wendy, a disaffected Southern California teenager in The Chumscrubber, and the young Jimmy in the 2005 film version of King Kong.
No one knows what goes on behind closed doors, but stars are speaking out publicly in the wake of Amber Heard getting a restraining order against Johnny Depp after claiming domestic abuse at the hands of her husband.
Heard, 30, filed for divorce earlier this week and was granted a restraining order after appearing in a Los Angeles court on Friday, May 27."I am extremely afraid of Johnny and for my safety," The Danish Girl star said in her declaration, and claimed that her husband of 15 months has a long "history of drug and alcohol abuse" and had assaulted her on her birthday.
Former Office star Rainn Wilson took a stand on Twitter, calling Cpt.Jack Sparrow (Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean character) a "wife beater," and the hashtags #IStand With Amber and #I'm With Amber in support of the actress began trending., tweeted on Saturday, May 28, that he has "known Johnny Depp for years and through several relationships," adding, "He's the sweetest, kindest, gentlest man that I've ever known.Just saying."An hour later, after criticism from several commenters, Bettany tweeted, "All I'm saying-Domestic violence is a serious allegation. Let the facts come out before rushing to judgment."And Evan Rachel Wood came to Heard's defense on Friday, writing the word "Boom" as she retweeted a now-deleted message that stated, "Amber Heard's sexuality is only relevant in that bi women are at far greater risk of experiencing intimate partner violence. It doesn't mean Heard is somehow immoral or deserving of abuse."On Thursday, May 26, the actor’s rep told Us in a statement, "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life.is an English actor and dancer who rose to prominence for his debut role in Billy Elliot (2000) for which he won the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role.He is also known for his roles in the films King Kong (2005), Jumper (2008), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), and Snowpiercer (2013), as well as starring as Abraham Woodhull in the TV series, Turn: Washington's Spies (2014).He portrayed The Thing in the 2015 film Fantastic Four.