Flashback Friday: Newlywed Jamie Bell in ‘Billy Elliot’ (VIDEO)

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Evan Rachel Wood, Jamie Bell tie the knot.
A big congratulations to Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood! The adorable pair tied the knot this week after seven years of on-again, off-again dating.

Wood likely had the chance to say her piece about her other half in her vows, but we wanted to remind the world why we fell in love with Jamie Bell.

So, as a wedding gift to the couple, this week’s Flashback Friday features Bell, 26, in the title role of 2000‘s Oscar-nominated ballet-flick, Billy Elliot.

At the mere age of 14, a young Bell was chosen from 2,000 hopefuls to play Billy, a character not unlike himself.

Billy is an English boy with big dreams of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Despite his father Jackie’s (Gary Lewis) disapproval, and societal pressure to play “boy sports,” he secretly takes dance lessons and works towards his goal.

Bell, who started dancing at the age of six, told the Guardian how closely he related to the character. “That wasn’t really acting to me,” he said in a 2011 interview. “That was my life. I’d put ballet shoes down my pants to hide them from my friends. I’d done all this before.”

It’s no wonder his performance is so genuine!

In this clip, Billy dances for his father for the very first time. Ultimately, Jackie is so touched by his son’s grace, he can’t help but be supportive.

Watch as Bell pours his heart into dance in his breakthrough role.