Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike 2011.jpg
Pike at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
Born (1979-01-27) 27 January 1979 (age 35)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) Robie Uniacke (2009–present)
Children 1

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.

Early life[edit]

Rosamund Pike was born in Hammersmith, London,[1] the only child of 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 careers took them.[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 the 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,[7] which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards.[8] 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.[9] 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)[10] and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, both in London's West End, and Gaslight at London's Old Vic Theatre.[11] Pike has said that she would be happy to do at least one play every year.[12] In 2009, she played the title character in Madame De Sade during the Donmar's West End season.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] Taking the role in Wrath of the Titans meant she had to drop out of consideration for a role in the forthcoming Superman film.[17] 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.[18][19] 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.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22] The film emerged as a box office hit, earning over $215 million in global ticket sales.[23] The movie and Pike's performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics.[24] 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."[25] 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."[26]

Personal life[edit]

While she was at Oxford, Pike had a two-year relationship with actor Simon Woods.[27] She was engaged in 2007 to film director Joe Wright,[28] but he called off the wedding in 2008.[27]

Since December 2009, she has been dating Robie Uniacke, a mathematical researcher.[29] They have a son, Solo (born 6 May 2012).[30] In June 2014 Pike revealed she is pregnant with the couple's second child.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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 Promised Land Rose
2004 The Libertine Elizabeth Malet
2005 Pride & Prejudice Jane Bennet
2005 Doom Samantha Grimm
2007 Fracture Nikki Gardner
2007 Fugitive Pieces Alex
2009 Education, AnAn Education Helen
2009 Freefall Anna Television film
2009 Surrogates Maggie Greer
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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)[32]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Hitchcock Blonde The Blonde
2006 Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller
2007 Gaslight Bella Manningham
2009 Madame de Sade Madame de Sade
2010 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Cavendish, Lucy (18 March 2009). "Rosamund Pike interview". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
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  27. ^ 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). 
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  29. ^ Sawer, Patrick (20 September 2014). "Rosamund Pike: How my ex-addict lover (age 53) gave me new lease of life". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  30. ^ 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. 
  31. ^ Strang, Fay (6 June 2014). "Rosamund Pike, 35, is expecting her second child with long-term love Robie Uniacke". Daily Mail OnLine. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  32. ^ "Parker actor back for Thunderbirds remake". BBC News. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 

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