Rupert Friend

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Rupert Friend
Rupert Friend BAFTA 2010.jpg
Friend at the 2010 BAFTAs
Born Rupert William Anthony Friend[1][2]
(1981-10-01) 1 October 1981 (age 33)
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s) Aimee Mullins
(2013–present; engaged)

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[edit]

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.[3] 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."[3]


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.[4] 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,[5] and Lullaby for Pi. In February 2015, Friend will be starring as Agent 47 in the film Hitman: Agent 47.[6] He currently plays a major role as Peter Quinn in the multiple award winning political drama series Homeland.

Personal life[edit]

He began dating Aimee Mullins in 2013,[7] and they became engaged in December 2014.[8] Previously, Friend dated actress Keira Knightley from 2005 to 2010.[9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Libertine Downs Ischia Film Festival Award for Best International Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mr. Wickham
2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Ludovic Meyer Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
2007 The Moon and the Stars Renzo Daverio / Spoletta
2007 Outlaw Sandy Mardell
2007 The Last Legion Demetrius
2007 Virgin Territory Alessandro Felice
2008 Jolene Coco Leger
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lt. Kurt Kotler
2009 The Young Victoria Prince Albert
2009 Chéri Chéri
2009 The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers Bourbon Short film
2010 The Kid Kevin Lewis
2010 Lullaby for Pi Sam
2010 Steve Director
2011 5 Days of War Thomas Anders
2013 The Zero Theorem Man in Street Commercial
2014 Starred Up Oliver Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Meet Me in Montenegro Stephen
2015 Stryka Callen Short film
2015 Hitman: Agent 47 Agent 47 replacing Paul Walker
2015 To Write Love on Her Arms David McKenna Also known as Day One


Year Title Role Notes
2012–present Homeland Peter Quinn 33 episodes
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Guest Actor In A Drama Series (2013)[11]
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)


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Little Dog Laughed Mitchell London


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  3. ^ a b "Right on cue: the new breed of screen stars". Daily Mail (UK). 31 January 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Awards for Rupert Friend". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Jaafar, Ali (2 February 2009). "'The Kid' unveils key cast". Variety. 
  7. ^ Radnor, Abigail (15 February 2014). "What I've Learnt". The Times (London). Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Shakespeare, Sebastian (2 October 2014). "Keira's-Ex-Engaged-to-Paralympics-Star". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  9. ^ White, Richard (13 January 2010). "Keira's Not Getting It Knightley". The Sun (London). Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend split after five years. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  11. ^ "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. 

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