Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike 2011.jpg
Pike at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
BornRosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike
(1979-01-27) 27 January 1979 (age 34)
Hammersmith, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Robie Uniacke (2009–present)
Children1
 
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Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike 2011.jpg
Pike at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
BornRosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike
(1979-01-27) 27 January 1979 (age 34)
Hammersmith, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Robie Uniacke (2009–present)
Children1

Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike (born 27 January 1979) is an English actress who first came to international attention when she played Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002). Since then her films roles have included Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (2005), Nikki Gardner in Fracture (2007), Alex in Fugitive Pieces (2007), Helen in An Education (2009), Miriam Grant-Panofsky in Barney's Version (2010), Lisa Hopkins in Made in Dagenham (2010), Kate Sumner in Johnny English Reborn (2011), Queen Andromeda in Wrath of the Titans (2012), Helen Rodin in Jack Reacher (2012) and Sam Chamberlain in The World's End (2013).

Early life[edit]

Rosamund Pike was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] the only child of concert musicians/opera singers Caroline (née Friend) and Julian Pike.[2] Pike's father is now a professor of music and head of Operatic Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire.[3]

The family travelled across Europe until she was seven, following wherever her parents' performing career took them; as a result, she is conversant in French and German.[3] Pike won a scholarship to Badminton School in Bristol,[3] and while appearing as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, was noticed by an agent who helped her embark upon a professional career.[3]

After being turned down by every stage school she applied to, she gained a place to read English Literature at Wadham College, Oxford from which she graduated.[3] She took a year off to pursue her acting career, garnering stage experience in David Hare's Skylight, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, and several plays by Shakespeare; she achieved an Upper Second class degree in 2001.[4]

Career[edit]

Pike at the premiere of Barney's Version during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

While she was still at university, Pike made appearances on British television shows, including A Rather English Marriage (1998),[5] Wives and Daughters (1999), and Love in a Cold Climate (2001), a miniseries based on Nancy Mitford's novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. She also appeared as Sarah Beaumont in an episode of the series Foyle's War, during which she was required to smoke a cigarette almost constantly.[6]

After graduating she considered working at Waterstone's bookshop, due to a lack of acting opportunities,[3] but was offered a role as a Bond girl and MI6 agent assigned to aid James Bond in Die Another Day. She also appeared in the special show Bond Girls Are Forever and, shortly afterwards, the BAFTA tribute to the James Bond series. Pike then played Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine (2004), co-starring Johnny Depp, which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards. In the same year, she portrayed Rose in The Promised Land, a film about Israel,[5] and starred as scientist Samantha Grimm in the cinematic adaptation of the computer game series Doom.[7] In 2005, she appeared as Jane, the elder sister of Elizabeth (played by Keira Knightley), in Pride & Prejudice. Pike then starred in the film adaptation of Anne Michaels's novel Fugitive Pieces. She also starred as a successful attorney in the film Fracture, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.

Her stage credits include Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson (in a role requiring her to appear completely nude on stage with only a pair of high heels)[8] and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, both in London's West End, and Gaslight at London's Old Vic Theatre.[9] Pike has said that she would be happy to do at least one play every year.[10] In 2009, she played the title character in Madame De Sade during the Donmar's West End season.[11]

She appeared in the British film Made in Dagenham and in the Canadian film Barney's Version where she plays Miriam. In 2010, she starred in a production of Hedda Gabler on UK tour.[12] Pike has recorded voicework for a lead role in the film Jackboots on Whitehall and lent her voice to a new series of James Bond audio-books, narrating The Spy Who Loved Me.[13] In 2010 Pike played the part of Pussy Galore in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Fleming's Goldfinger. In 2011, Pike played the part of Kate Sumner in the 2011 Bond spoof film Johnny English Reborn, playing a psychologist and English's love interest. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Johnny English and was a box office success, taking over $160m.

In 2012, she played the role of Queen Andromeda in the fantasy epic Wrath of the Titans. She replaced Alexa Davalos, who had played the role in Clash of the Titans and had dropped out due to a scheduling conflict.[14] Taking the role in Wrath of the Titans meant she had to drop out of consideration for a role in the forthcoming Superman film.[15] Although the film was not well received by critics, it grossed over $300m and critics considered her performance to be one of the film's highlights.[16][17] She also starred as Helen Rodin, the female lead alongside Tom Cruise in the thriller Jack Reacher, an adaptation of the novel One Shot by author Lee Child. The film opened to positive critical reception and had grossed over $213m as of 28 February 2013.[18]

Personal life[edit]

While she was at Oxford, Pike had a two-year relationship with actor Simon Woods.[19] She was engaged in 2007 to film director Joe Wright,[20] but he called off the wedding in 2008.[19] In May 2012, it was reported that she gave birth to her first child, a son, Solo. The father is Robie Uniacke, whom she has been dating since December 2009.[21]

Pike is a skilled cellist.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Cinema[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Die Another DayMiranda Frost
2004Promised LandRose
2004The LibertineElizabeth Malet
2005Pride & PrejudiceJane Bennet
2005DoomSamantha Grimm
2007FractureNikki Gardner
2007Fugitive PiecesAlex
2009Education, AnAn EducationHelen
2009SurrogatesMaggie Greer
2010Burning PalmsDedra Davenport
2010Jackboots on WhitehallDaisyVoice
2010Barney's VersionMiriam Grant-Panofsky
2010Made in DagenhamLisa Hopkins
2011The Organ Grinder's MonkeyRochelleShort film
2011Johnny English RebornKate Sumner
2011The Big YearJessica
2012The Devil You KnowZoe Hughes
2012Wrath of the TitansQueen Andromeda
2012Jack ReacherHelen Rodin
2013A Long Way DownTBA
2013The World's EndSam Chamberlain
2014Gone GirlAmy Elliott Dunne
2014What We Did on Our HolidayAbi
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessTBA
2014Violet TownTBA

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Rather English Marriage, AA Rather English MarriageCeliaTelevision film
1999Wives and DaughtersLady Harriet CumnorMiniseries
2000Trial & RetributionLucyEpisode: "Trial & Retribution IV Part 1"
2001Love in a Cold ClimateFannyMiniseries
2002Foyle's WarSarah BeaumontEpisode: "The German Woman"
2002Bond Girls Are ForeverHerselfDocumentary
2008The TowerOlivia WynnTelevision film
2009FreefallAnnaTelevision film
2009Yesterday We Were in AmericaNarrator
2011Women in LoveGudrun Brangwen
2015Thunderbirds Are Go!Lady Penelope[22]Voice

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRole
2002Hitchcock BlondeThe Blonde
2006Summer and SmokeAlma Winemiller
2010Hedda GablerHedda Gabler

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rosamund Pike". Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Cavendish, Lucy (18 March 2009). "Rosamund Pike interview". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Judith Woods (24 September 2010). "Rosamund Pike: From reluctant English rose to Britain's new screen queen". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "The name's Pike, Rosamund Pike". The Guardian. 13 October 2002. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Rosamund Pike- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rosamund Pike". Foyle's War. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Interview with Rosamund Pike at the Hollywood Premiere of "Doom"". About.com. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Mail on Sunday, 18 October 2009.
  9. ^ Trueman, Matt (4 September 2012). "London's Old Vic challenges celebrities to stage a musical in 24 hours". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (13 September 2007). "Rosamund Pike: A theatre girl at heart". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  11. ^ Jury, Louise (19 August 2008). "The man with the Midas touch". Evening Standard. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (11 September 2009). "With a little luck Keira Knightly will have sharpened up enough for My Fair Lady". Daily Mail. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Rosamund Pike narrates 'The Spy Who Loved Me' for new Ian Fleming audiobooks". mi6.co.uk. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rosamund Pike Joins 'Wrath of the Titans' as Andromeda". screenrant.com. 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Rosamund Pike signs up for Wrath of the Titans, drops out of Superman race". denofgeek.com. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Review: 'Wrath Of The Titans' represents a big step forward from the first film". hitfix.com. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Even a Cyclops could see this is bad: Wrath of the Titans is titanically awful". The Daily Mail. 29 March 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Jack Reacher (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Barber, Lynn (24 May 2009). "I don't sleep around, if that's what you mean ... Would you like some more cake?". The Guardian (London). 
  20. ^ Bamigboye, Baz (7 September 2007). "Rosamund Pike gets a ring from Mr Wright". Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  21. ^ Nicholl, Kate (6 May 2012). "Baby joy for Bond girl Rosamund Pike as she gives birth to son Solo". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  22. ^ "Parker actor back for Thunderbirds remake". BBC News. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

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