Date of Birth: March 14th 1986
Born in Billingham, England, where Bell grew up with his mother and older sister. His father left after his birth. Bell was a pupil at Northfield School, then the Stagecoach Theatre School. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, performing in their 1998 production of Bugsy Malone at the Queens Theatre alongside other future stars Hannah Spearritt and Sheridan Smith.
He took dance lessons from the age of six when he saw a girl dance out of rhythm and told his mother he could do better. This experience would later help him in his award-winning role of Billy Elliot. Bell acted as Honorary Jury President of the 2001 Giffoni Film Festival. Since his film debut in Billy Elliot, he has appeared in a number of diverse roles, including the crippled servant Smike in an adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, a young soldier in Deathwatch, a teenager on the run in Undertow, a gun-toting pacificist in Dear Wendy, and a disaffected Southern California teenager in The Chumscrubber.
In 2005 and 2006, Bell dated actress Evan Rachel Wood, with whom he appeared in the music video for Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends".