Pike at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
27 January 1979 |
Hammersmith, London, England
|Partner(s)||Robie Uniacke (2009–present)|
Rosamund 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), which was Pierce Brosnan's fourth (and final) film as 007. Since then her film roles have included Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (2005), Kate Sumner in Johnny English Reborn (2011), and Queen Andromeda in Wrath of the Titans (2012). In 2014, she was seen in the commercially and critically successful Gone Girl, and received widespread acclaim for her performance.
Rosamund Pike was born in Hammersmith, London, the only child of opera singers Caroline (née Friend) and Julian Pike. Pike's father is now a professor of music and head of Operatic Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
The family travelled across Europe until she was seven, following wherever her parents' performing careers took them. Pike won a scholarship to Badminton School in Bristol, 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.
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. 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.
While she was still at the university, Pike made appearances on British television shows, including A Rather English Marriage (1998), 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.
After graduating she considered working at Waterstone's bookshop, due to a lack of acting opportunities, 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, and starred as scientist Samantha Grimm in the cinematic adaptation of the computer game series Doom. 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) and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, both in London's West End, and Gaslight at London's Old Vic Theatre. Pike has said that she would be happy to do at least one play every year. In 2009, she played the title character in Madame De Sade during the Donmar's West End season.
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. 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. 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 $160 million.
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. Taking the role in Wrath of the Titans meant she had to drop out of consideration for a role in the forthcoming Superman film. Although the film was not well received by critics, it grossed over $300 million and critics considered her performance to be one of the film's highlights. 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 $218 million.
After a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The World's End (2013), Pike was seen in the David Fincher-directed mystery film Gone Girl (2014), a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. Featuring opposite Ben Affleck, Pike was cast as Amy Dunne, a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. According to Fincher, he cast Pike in the role as he wanted someone who was not widely known, Pike having not appeared in any major leading role prior to the film's commencement. The film emerged as a box office hit, earning over $215 million in global ticket sales. The movie and Pike's performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote that the film is "Smartly shot, detailed ... and performed" and called Pike's portrayal as "a star-makingly good performance, spellbinding in its operatic mix of tones and temperatures." Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter reviewed that she "is powerful and commanding ... Physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive."
Since December 2009, she has been dating Robie Uniacke, a mathematical researcher. They have a son, Solo (born 6 May 2012). In June 2014 Pike revealed she is pregnant with the couple's second child.
|1998||Rather English Marriage, AA Rather English Marriage||Celia||Television film|
|2002||Die Another Day||Miranda Frost|
|2002||Bond Girls Are Forever||Herself||Documentary|
|2004||The Libertine||Elizabeth Malet|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Jane Bennet|
|2009||Education, AnAn Education||Helen|
|2009||Yesterday We Were in America||Narrator||Documentary|
|2010||Burning Palms||Dedra Davenport|
|2010||Jackboots on Whitehall||Daisy (voice)|
|2010||Barney's Version||Miriam Grant-Panofsky|
|2010||Made in Dagenham||Lisa Hopkins|
|2011||The Organ Grinder's Monkey||Rochelle||Short film|
|2011||Johnny English Reborn||Kate Sumner|
|2011||The Big Year||Jessica|
|2012||The Devil You Know||Zoe Hughes|
|2012||Wrath of the Titans||Queen Andromeda|
|2012||Jack Reacher||Helen Rodin|
|2013||The World's End||Sam Chamberlain|
|2014||A Long Way Down||Penny|
|2014||Hector and the Search for Happiness||Clara|
|2014||What We Did on Our Holiday||Abi|
|2014||Gone Girl||Amy Elliott-Dunne|
|1999||Wives and Daughters||Lady Harriet Cumnor||3 episodes|
|2000||Trial & Retribution||Lucy||Episode: "Trial & Retribution IV Part 1"|
|2001||Love in a Cold Climate||Fanny||2 episodes|
|2002||Foyle's War||Sarah Beaumont||Episode: "The German Woman"|
|2008||The Tower||Olivia Wynn||Pilot|
|2011||Women in Love||Gudrun Brangwen||2 episodes|
|2015||Thunderbirds Are Go!||Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward (voice)|
|2002||Hitchcock Blonde||The Blonde|
|2006||Summer and Smoke||Alma Winemiller|
|2009||Madame de Sade||Madame de Sade|
|2010||Hedda Gabler||Hedda Gabler|
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