Born Robert Alfred Morley on 20 December 1984, Bob Morley (36 years old) is an Australian actor and television director best known for his role as Bellamy Blake in CW’s “The 100”. He is also famous among the Australian TV viewers, as Drew Curtis from the TV series “Home and Away”. Morley started his acting career by performing in theatres during his university days. Afterwards, he appeared in several short films and plays before getting his breakthrough.
His performance in “Home and Away” impressed both the audience and film professionals, earning him a nomination for the Most Popular New Male Talent Logie Award in 2007. This recognition pushed him to the limelight, and he began to get many roles. He went on to participate in the celebrity singing competition “It Takes Two”.
Bob Morley has featured in TV series such as “The Strip”, “Neighbours”, and many others.
His magnum opus came in form of the 2014 TV series “The 100”, playing Bellamy Blake in a total of 88 episodes. It is through this series that he broke into the consciousness of the American audience, and attained worldwide fame. On the show, Morley will eventually direct an episode titled “Ashes to Ashes” in 2019. Here is a deep dive into his budding career, as we look to illustrate his journey thus far while also learning more about his life. The following ten facts about the actor will interest you.
10 interesting facts about Bob Morley
- Morley was born in Australia and grew up on a farm in a small country town called Kyneton. His mom was a Filipino, while his dad was an Australian, although he died when Bob was still very young.
- Bob Morley’s passion was always clear to him, and he started studying drama from a young age. Although, he tried making a switch to Engineering at some point, he quickly realised it wasn’t for him and reverted to creative arts.
- Bob would likely have been a footballer if acting didn’t work out, and he actively played soccer up till university days. In fact, he played in the Australian Football League.
- Though hardly ever mentioned, his first film appearance came in the low budget 2005 horror film “Dead Harvest”.
- The actor hated taking off his shirt, and he said he felt like a meat bag on “Home and Away”, however, that did not deter him from continuing for 148 episodes anyway.
- It’s a good thing Bob kept playing his role on the show, despite not liking taking off his shirt, because the role eventually earned him his first career award nomination at the 2007 Logie Awards for Most Popular New Male Talent.
- Morley tried his hands at singing too, going as far as competing on the Australian singing show “It Takes Two”. He was evicted in the sixth week, which was ironically the week he scored his highest.
- In 2008, Bob Morley was nominated for Bachelor of the Year by the Australian magazine Cleo.
- Bob is also a philanthropist, and he does many charity works including participating in the campaign to prevent suicide and protect emotional health.
- According to Celebrity Networth, Bob Morley currently has a net worth of $3 million.
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Early life and education
Morley is the son of a Filipina mother and an Australian Irish father, who died when he was young. He has two older sisters and one older brother with whom he grew up on a farm in Kyneton, a small country town in Victoria. Bob studied drama at school all the way through to Year 11 until he was asked not to continue due to his lack of seriousness.
After he completed year 12, Morley moved to Melbourne and began a geological engineering degree. A year later, however, he discontinued and decided to enrol in Creative Arts at La Trobe University, and he got himself an agent.
Speaking on the chain of events, he said, “I remember that we went hiking, tested the soil pH seven times, and had to lick a rock. Then I suddenly thought that I did not want to do it for the rest of my life. I had to stop and think about what makes me happy, and I recalled how I enjoyed participating in school productions.”
Career – Bob Morley movies and TV shows
Bob started his acting career by performing in university theatre productions. He acted in short films and plays such as Falling to Perfect and Tale From Vienna Woods. In 2005, he acted in the low budget horror film “Dead Harvest”. Not long after, he featured in yet another small project titled “Angels with Dirty Faces”. His performance was noticed by the casting directors of the Australian TV series “Home and Away”, and thus began his rise to stardom.
Home and Away
“Home and Away” is an Australian television soap opera created by Alan Bateman. He came up with the concept of the show during a trip to Kangaroo Point, New South Wales, where he noticed locals were complaining about the construction of a foster home and against the idea of foster children from the city living in the area. The series follows the lives of the residents in Summer Bay, a fictional seaside town in New South Wales. “Home and Away” did well commercially and critically and is one of Australia’s most successful media exports.
Bob Morley played the character Drew Curtis, who was the result of a relationship between Peter Baker and his teenage girlfriend, Christy. Drew grew up without his father in his life. In fact, Peter didn’t even know of Drew’s existence until Drew was a teenager when Christy met a new man with children of his own and decided Drew was surplus to requirements. Bob appeared on the show from July 2006 through March 2008.
“Neighbours” is an Australian television soap opera that was first broadcast on 18 March 1985. The show’s storylines concern the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. It primarily centres on the residents of Ramsay Street, a short cul-de-sac, and its neighbouring area the Lassiters complex, which includes a bar, hotel, café, police station, lawyers’ office and park.
Morley played the role of Aidan Foster, a love interest of Chris Pappas. Aidan is a nurse who works at the local hospital in Erinsborough. He is openly gay and comfortable with his sexuality. He’d had many relationships in the past, which made him more experienced than Chris. Aidan meets Chris after he is brought into the hospital and he becomes endeared by him. Even though Aidan questions his decision to get involved with a younger, less experienced guy, he and Chris eventually begin a relationship. Morley was on the show from August 2011 to January 2013.
Road Kill (2010)
“Road Kill”, also known as “Road Train” in Australia, is a 2010 Australian horror film that revolves around Kate, who, along with her ex-boyfriend and friends, set off for a trip around Ireland. Their journey turns into a nightmare when they encounter a huge mythical bird, Roc.
Morley plays Craig, one of the friends on the trip. Craig ended being possessed and killed two of his friends, failing only to kill the third. He eventually got killed after a long struggle with the only surviving member of the group.
Bellamy Blake in The 100
“The 100” is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series. The series follows a group of post-apocalyptic survivors, chiefly a group of criminal adolescents, who are among the first people from a space habitat, the Ark, to return to Earth after a devastating nuclear apocalypse.
Bob Marley is Bellamy Blake in “The 100”. In the series, Blake is the Co-leader of the group, leader of the Skaikru and The Heart in the lead dynamic, and half brother of Octavia. He professes a strong determination to protect his sister, and in fact, he killed for it. He was the leader of the 100 and described as the one who inspires the masses.
Morley appeared in 88 episodes from season one through season seven. In 2019, he directed the episode “Ashes to Ashes” on the show.
Other than acting, Morley is a known for his philanthropic endeavours. In 2015, he requested his followers to purchase a shirt designed by him, the proceeds of which were to be donated to Beyondblue, an organisation that supports mental health patients. He also conducts campaigns and donates the funds to various charity events. Morley’s fans have formed a group, Bob Morley Fans Charity Project, which auctions signed merchandise and contributes the funds collected to organisations such as the ACLU and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Though a fan favourite with a lot of probing eyes, Bob has managed to keep most of his private life away from the public.
From 2007 to 2008, Morley had a relationship with Jessica Tovey, a colleague on the TV series “Home and Away” (in which she portrayed Belle Taylor). In 2016, a strange video appeared on the Internet in which Morley and his “The 100” colleague, actor Richard Harmon, were passionately kissing. It sparked controversy about his sexuality, but that eased up in no time.
Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley
Eliza Taylor and Bob met on the set of the series “The 100”, where she played Clarke Griffin. The pair soon started dating, and on 7 June 2019, they announced they had gotten married. The news was a shock to fans because it was done secretly, and nobody saw it coming. Bob said in an interview that the two of them aren’t quite sure how they sparked such feelings for each other.
Bob Morley net worth
For a budding career and an actor who has many years ahead yet, Bob isn’t doing badly financially at all. Celebrity Networth reports he is currently worth around $3 million. It won’t be wild to expect this to grow exponentially in the years to come, as the actor is on a steady rise.
Latest news on Bob Morley
Bob has not been in the news much lately. He, however, was frequently talked about in late 2020 after his character Bellamy Blake met his death in “The 100”. Of course, there were debates across social media regarding if the death was fitting or not.
Following the airing of the episode, Bob took to his social media to share a message with his fans. “Well what a wild and life changing ride it has been,” He wrote on Instagram. “I am deeply grateful to all that have been involved in this production over 7 long years. I’d like to thank the Crew, Cast, Writers, Production office, Casting, Vancouver, CW and WB. And I want to thank the FANS that have gone along this journey with all of us. I have forged memories on and off set and at conventions that will burn brightly for the rest to my life.”
Concluding the post, Morley wrote, “Farewell Bellamy, it’s time for the big sleep, rest easy. You are finally free.” He has since appeared in a single episode of the TV Series “The Rookie”.
Bob has become one of fans’ favourites in recent years, and there is no doubt that he is on the right path to the top. Hopefully, he keeps picking the right materials and maintains his current trajectory. Keep your eyes out for him, you will be seeing him on your screens a lot.
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