Friend at the Pirates of the Caribbean London premiere (2006)
1 October 1981 |
Oxfordshire, England, UK
|Partner(s)||Keira Knightley (2005–2010)|
Rupert Friend (born 1 October 1981) is an English film actor, 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 
Friend grew up in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, the son of a solicitor mother, Caroline, and a fine arts historian father. 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. 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".
He made his 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.
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. He also starred in the film Cheri opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and played Albert, Prince Consort in Young Victoria, co-starring Emily Blunt.
Friend wrote and produced the 2009 short film in which he starred in entitled, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers. Then in 2010, Rupert wrote, directed and produced another short film entitled, Steve.
Personal life 
|2004||The Libertine||Downs||Ischia Global Film Festival Award Best International Newcomer
Nominated - British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Mr. Wickham|
|Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont||Ludovic Meyer||Satellite Awards Outstanding New Talent|
|2007||The Moon and the Stars||Renzo Daverio / Spoletta|
|The Last Legion||Demetrius|
|Virgin Territory||Alessandro Felice|
|The Boy in the Striped Pajamas||Lt. Kurt Kotler|
|2009||The Young Victoria||Prince Albert|
|The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers||Bourbon||Short|
|2010||The Kid||Kevin Lewis|
|Lullaby for Pi||Sam|
|2011||5 Days of War||Thomas Anders|
|2013||Meet Me in Montenegro||Stephen||Post-production|
|2012||Homeland||Peter Quinn||9 episodes
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
- Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend split after five years. Telegraph. Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- "Right on cue: the new breed of screen stars". Daily Mail (UK). 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- "Awards for Rupert Friend". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Friend & Greig Laugh in Little Dog's UK Premiere – – News. Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved on 12 August 2011.
- Jaafar, Ali (2 February 2009). "'The Kid' unveils key cast". Variety.
- White, Richard (13 January 2010). "Keira's Not Getting It Knightley". London: The Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2010.