Rupert Friend

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Rupert Friend
Rupert Friend BAFTA 2010.jpg
Friend at the 2010 BAFTAs
Born(1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 33)
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Aimee Mullins
(2013–present; engaged)
Keira Knightley
(2005–2010)
 
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Rupert Friend
Rupert Friend BAFTA 2010.jpg
Friend at the 2010 BAFTAs
Born(1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 33)
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Aimee Mullins
(2013–present; engaged)
Keira Knightley
(2005–2010)

Rupert Friend (born 9 October 1981) is an English actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He 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, Prince Albert in the 2009 film The Young Victoria, and Peter Quinn on the Showtime series Homeland.

Early life and education[edit]

Friend was born and raised in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, the son of a solicitor mother, Caroline, and a cultural historian, Nicholas Friend. 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.[1] He calls himself a late starter: "I 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."[1]

Career[edit]

Friend made his acting debut as Billy Downs in the 2005 film The Libertine, for which he was named "outstanding new talent" at the 2005 Satellite Awards.[2] In 2005, he also had his first starring role in the film Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. The same year, he portrayed Wickham in Joe Wright's version of Pride and Prejudice. In 2008, Friend and Tom Mison wrote and starred in the short film The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers. In 2010, he wrote, directed, and produced another short film entitled Steve. Steve was later included in the 2012 compilation Stars in Shorts. He also starred in the film Chéri and played Albert, Prince Consort in Young Victoria.

In 2010, Friend made his stage debut as Mitchell in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed. He stars in the films The Kid, based on the novel by Kevin Lewis,[3] and Lullaby for Pi. In February 2015, Friend will be starring as Agent 47 in the film Hitman: Agent 47.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Friend dated actress Keira Knightley from 2005 to 2010.[5][6] He began dating athlete Aimee Mullins in 2013,[7] and they became engaged in December 2014.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004The LibertineDownsIschia Film Festival Award for Best International Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2005Pride & PrejudiceMr. Wickham
2005Mrs. Palfrey at the ClaremontLudovic MeyerSatellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
2007The Moon and the StarsRenzo Daverio / Spoletta
2007OutlawSandy Mardell
2007The Last LegionDemetrius
2007Virgin TerritoryAlessandro Felice
2008JoleneCoco Leger
2008The Boy in the Striped PajamasLt. Kurt Kotler
2009The Young VictoriaPrince Albert
2009ChériChéri
2009The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide BrothersBourbonShort film
2010The KidKevin Lewis
2010Lullaby for PiSam
2010SteveDirector
20115 Days of WarThomas Anders
2012Day OneDavid McKenna
2013The Zero TheoremMan in Street Commercial
2014Starred UpOliverNominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014Meet Me in MontenegroStephen
2015StrykaCallenShort film
2015Hitman: Agent 47Agent 47
2015To Write Love on Her ArmsDavid McKennaAlso known as Day One

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2012–presentHomelandPeter Quinn33 episodes
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Guest Actor In A Drama Series (2013)[9]
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)

Stage[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2010The Little Dog LaughedMitchellLondon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Right on cue: the new breed of screen stars". Daily Mail (UK). 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Awards for Rupert Friend". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2 February 2009). "'The Kid' unveils key cast". Variety. 
  4. ^ EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT RUPERT FRIEND AS AGENT 47 IN THE HITMAN SEQUEL
  5. ^ White, Richard (13 January 2010). "Keira's Not Getting It Knightley". The Sun (London). Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend split after five years. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  7. ^ Radnor, Abigail (15 February 2014). "What I've Learnt". The Times (London). Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Shakespeare, Sebastian (2 October 2014). "Keira's-Ex-Engaged-to-Paralympics-Star". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "2nd PAAFTJ Television Awards nominations announced; "Arrested Development" leads" (Press release). Pan-American Association of Film & Television Journalists. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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