Rupert Friend

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Rupert Friend
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Rupert Friend at Bafta in 2010.
Born(1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 32)
Oxfordshire, England, UK
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Keira Knightley (2005–2010)
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Rupert Friend
Bafta 2010.jpg
Rupert Friend at Bafta in 2010.
Born(1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 32)
Oxfordshire, England, UK
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Keira Knightley (2005–2010)

Rupert Friend (born 1 October 1981) is an English film actor, writer and director, who is best known for his roles as Mr. Wickham in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice, Lieutenant Kurt Kotler in the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and Prince Albert in the 2009 film The Young Victoria. He currently plays Peter Quinn in Showtime's multiple Emmy Award-winning television drama, Homeland.

Early life[edit]

Friend grew up in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, the son of a solicitor mother, Caroline, and a fine arts historian father, David Oxton Friend.[citation needed][1] He attended Marlborough School in Woodstock. He moved to take A-levels at the Cherwell School and d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford. Friend trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2] He calls himself a late starter, as he was "about to set off sailing around the world when I heard I’d got into drama school. Everyone else there had grown up singing and dancing, whereas I was the opposite".[2]


He made his acting debut in the film The Libertine, as Billy Downs, a young friend and lover of Johnny Depp's John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, for which he was named "outstanding new talent" at the 2005 Satellite Awards.[3]

In 2005, Rupert played his first starring role opposite Dame Joan Plowright, Lady Olivier in the bittersweet film, Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. The same year, he portrayed Wickham in Joe Wright's version of Pride and Prejudice.

In 2008, he and his Webber Douglas contemporary Tom Mison filmed the short The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers, which they wrote and in which they play the title characters. In 2010, Friend wrote, directed and produced another short film entitled Steve, starring Mison, Keira Knightley, and Colin Firth. Steve was later included in the 2012 compilation Stars in Shorts. He also starred in the film Cheri opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and played Albert, Prince Consort in Young Victoria, co-starring Emily Blunt.

In 2010, Friend made his stage debut as Mitchell in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed.[4] He stars in the films The Kid, based on the novel by Kevin Lewis,[5] and Lullaby for Pi. In February 2014, Friend will be starring as Agent 47 in the film Agent 47. [6]

Personal life[edit]

He has been romantically involved with Aimee Mullins since the spring of 2013.

He dated Keira Knightley from 2005 to December 2010.[7]


2004The LibertineDownsIschia Film Festival Award for Best International Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2005Pride & PrejudiceMr. Wickham
Mrs. Palfrey at the ClaremontLudovic MeyerSatellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
2007The Moon and the StarsRenzo Daverio / Spoletta
OutlawSandy Mardell
The Last LegionDemetrius
Virgin TerritoryAlessandro Felice
2008JoleneCoco Leger
The Boy in the Striped PajamasLt. Kurt Kotler
2009The Young VictoriaPrince Albert
The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide BrothersBourbonShort
2010The KidKevin Lewis
Lullaby for PiSam
20115 Days of WarThomas Anders
2012Day OneDavid McKenna
2013The Zero TheoremStreet Commercial
2014Starred UpOliverNominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Meet Me in MontenegroStephenPost-production
2016Agent 47Agent 47Negotiating
2012–presentHomelandPeter QuinnRecurring (Season 2)
Main Cast (season 3);
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Guest Actor In A Drama Series[8] (2013)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013, 2014)


  1. ^ Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend split after five years. Telegraph. Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Right on cue: the new breed of screen stars". Daily Mail (UK). 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Awards for Rupert Friend". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Friend & Greig Laugh in Little Dog's UK Premiere – – News. Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
  5. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2 February 2009). "'The Kid' unveils key cast". Variety. 
  7. ^ White, Richard (13 January 2010). "Keira's Not Getting It Knightley". London: The Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Name (required) (2013-06-18). "2nd PAAFTJ Television Awards nominations announced; “Arrested Development” leads | Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalists". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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