Pike after 2014 screening of Hector and the Search for Happiness
27 January 1979 |
Hammersmith, London, U.K.
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
|Partner(s)||Robie Uniacke (2009–present)|
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike (born 27 January 1979) is an English actress. Her first screen credit was in 1998 for the television film A Rather English Marriage and she came to attention when she was cast at age 21 as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002). She won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for The Libertine; and also received BIFA nominations for her performances as Helen in An Education (2009), and Lisa in Made in Dagenham (2010).
Other film appearances include Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Fracture (2007), Barney's Version (2010), and Gone Girl (2014). Her performance as Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl was met with critical acclaim, for which she received numerous award nominations, including nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
On television, Pike played the role of Gudrun Brangwen in Women in Love in 2011. On stage she has performed in the West End in several productions, including Hitchcock Blonde in 2003, Summer and Smoke in 2006, Gas Light in 2007, and Hedda Gabler in 2010.
Pike was born in Hammersmith, London, the only child of opera singers Caroline (née Friend) and Julian Pike. Pike's father is currently 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 Oxford, Pike acted in and directed various plays, including one by Simon Chesterman, who was then a graduate student. She also 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.
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 thriller 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, Pike was his first choice for the role because he wanted someone who was not widely known, Pike having not appeared in any major leading role prior to the film's commencement, and because he found her enigmatic and couldn't easily read her. The film emerged as a box office hit, earning over $356 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 "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." She received numerous awards and nominations, including for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
While at Oxford, Pike was in a relationship with fellow student and actor Simon Woods that lasted two years. Despite the break-up, the two later played lovers Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley in Pride & Prejudice. In 2007, Pike was engaged to film director Joe Wright, but he called off the wedding in 2008. Since December 2009, she has been in a relationship with Robie Uniacke, a mathematical researcher. They have two sons, Solo (born 6 May 2012) and Atom (born 2 December 2014).
In 2015 she signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.
|2002||Die Another Day||Miranda Frost|
|2002||Bond Girls Are Forever||Herself||Documentary|
|2004||The Libertine||Elizabeth Malet|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Jane Bennet|
|2005||Doom||Dr. Samantha Grimm|
|2009||Education, AnAn Education||Helen|
|2009||Yesterday We Were in America||Narrator||Documentary|
|2010||Burning Palms||Dedra Davenport|
|2010||Jackboots on Whitehall||Daisy||Voice role|
|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||Wrath of the Titans||Queen Andromeda|
|2012||Jack Reacher||Helen Rodin|
|2013||The Devil You Know||Zoe Hughes||Shot in late 2005|
|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|
|2015||Return To Sender||Miranda Wells|
|1998||Rather English Marriage, AA Rather English Marriage||Celia||Television movie|
|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 role|
|2002||Hitchcock Blonde||The Blonde|
|2006||Summer and Smoke||Alma Winemiller|
|2009||Madame de Sade||Madame de Sade|
|2010||Hedda Gabler||Hedda Gabler|
Awards and nominations
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