Friend at the 2010 BAFTAs
|Born||Rupert William Anthony Friend
1 October 1981
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter, producer|
Rupert William Anthony Friend (born 1 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
Friend was born and raised in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, the son of Caroline, a solicitor, and Nicholas Friend, a cultural historian. 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: "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."
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. 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, and Lullaby for Pi. In February 2015, Friend will be starring as Agent 47 in the film Hitman: Agent 47. He currently plays a major role as Peter Quinn in the multiple award winning political drama series Homeland.
|2012–present||Homeland||Peter Quinn||33 episodes
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Guest Actor In A Drama Series (2013)
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)
|2010||The Little Dog Laughed||Mitchell||London|
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- Jaafar, Ali (2 February 2009). "'The Kid' unveils key cast". Variety.
- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT RUPERT FRIEND AS AGENT 47 IN THE HITMAN SEQUEL
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- Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend split after five years. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- "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.
- Media related to Rupert Friend at Wikimedia Commons
- Rupert Friend at the Internet Movie Database
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