Pike in 2018
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike
27 January 1979
Hammersmith, London, England
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
|Partner(s)||Robie Uniacke (2009–present)|
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike(born 27 January 1979) is an English actress who began her acting career by appearing in stage productions such as Romeo and Juliet and Skylight . After her screen debut in the television film A Rather English Marriage (1998) and television roles in Wives and Daughters (1999) and Love in a Cold Climate (2001), she received international recognition for her film debut as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002), for which she received the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. Following her breakthrough, she won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Libertine (2004) and portrayed Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005).
Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers.
Skylight is a play by British dramatist David Hare. The play premiered in the West End at the Cottesloe Theatre in 1995, moving to the Wyndham's Theatre in 1996. After opening on Broadway in 1996, it played again in the West End in 1997 at the Vaudeville Theatre. It was revived at Wyndham's Theatre in the West End in 2014, and that production transferred to Broadway in 2015.
A Rather English Marriage is a novel by Angela Lambert, first published in 1992, and later adapted for television by Andrew Davies for the BBC.
Pike had film appearances in the sci-fi film Doom (2005), the crime-mystery thriller film Fracture (2007), the drama film Fugitive Pieces (2007), the coming-of-age drama An Education (2009), for which she was nominated for the London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year, and sci-fi comedy The World's End (2013). She also received British Independent Film Award nominations for An Education, Made in Dagenham (2010), and was nominated for a Genie Award for Barney's Version (2010). Her other films include the spy action comedy Johnny English Reborn (2011), the epic action-adventure fantasy Wrath of the Titans (2012) and the action thriller Jack Reacher (2012).
Fracture is a 2007 American-German legal drama film, starring Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling, and directed by Gregory Hoblit. It is the story of a man who shoots his unfaithful wife, and then engages in a battle of wits with a young assistant district attorney. The film has a 71% critic rating from Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $91 million. It was filmed in California.
Fugitive Pieces is a 2007 Canadian drama film directed by Jeremy Podeswa, who also adapted the film from the novel of the same name written by Anne Michaels. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, who is orphaned in Poland during World War II and is saved by a Greek archeologist. The film premièred 6 September 2007 as the opening film of that year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
An Education is a 2009 coming-of-age drama film based on a memoir of the same name by British journalist Lynn Barber. The film was directed by Lone Scherfig from a screenplay by Nick Hornby. It stars Carey Mulligan as Jenny, a bright schoolgirl, and Peter Sarsgaard as David, the charming con man who seduces her. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards in 2010: Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Nick Hornby, and Best Actress for Carey Mulligan.
In 2014, her performance in the psychological thriller film Gone Girl was met with widespread critical acclaim and she was awarded the Saturn Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Pike received further acclaim for her role as Ruth Williams Khama in the biographical drama A United Kingdom (2016) and is nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in the western Hostiles (2017). Her upcoming films include the thriller The Informer and Radioactive , in which she will play Marie Curie.
Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, based on her 2012 novel of the same title. The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. Set in Missouri, the story begins as a mystery that follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne (Affleck), who becomes the primary suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife, Amy (Pike).
The Saturn Award for Best Actress is one of the annual Saturn Awards given by the American professional organization, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. The Saturn Awards are the oldest film-specialized reward of achievements in science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The Saturn Award included the Best Actress category for the first time in the 1974 film year.
The Academy Award for Best Actress is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry. The award was traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Actor winner.
Pike, born on 27 January 1979 in London,is the only child of opera singers Caroline Friend and Julian Pike. Her father is 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.
Badminton School is an independent, boarding and day school for girls aged 3 to 18 years situated in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England. Named after Badminton House in Clifton where it was founded, the school has been located at its current site since 1924 and consistently performs well in the government's league tables, particularly at A Level. In 2008 the school was ranked third in the Financial Times top 1,000 schools.
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a registered charity in London. It is committed to the development of young people through the medium of creative arts, and aims to use theatre to aid in this objective. It was founded in 1956 as the world's first youth theatre and has built a reputation as a breeding ground for renowned actors such as Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Colin Firth, Derek Jacobi, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Helen Mirren, Rosamund Pike, and Kate Winslet, as well as musicians such as Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Ed Sheeran.
After being turned down by each stage school to which she applied, she gained a place to read English literature at Wadham College, Oxford. She graduated with an Upper Second class degree in 2001,having taken a year off to pursue her acting career, gaining stage experience in David Hare's Skylight , Arthur Miller's All My Sons , and several plays by Shakespeare.
See also: British literature
Wadham College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is located in the centre of Oxford, at the intersection of Broad Street and Parks Road.
Sir David Hare is an English playwright, screenwriter and theatre and film director. Best known for his stage work, Hare has also enjoyed great success with films, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing The Hoursin 2002, based on the novel written by Michael Cunningham, and The Readerin 2008, based on the novel of the same name written by Bernhard Schlink.
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. She was the first Bond girl to have attended Oxford. 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. Pike was a judge at the 2008 Costa Book Awards.
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 . million.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 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
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. 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 grossed over $218 million.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
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. million in global ticket sales. The movie and Pike's performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics.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
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 said 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.
Since 2015, she has voiced Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the remake of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Are Go produced by ITV in conjunction with Weta Workshop. In February 2016, she starred in the music video for Voodoo in My Blood by Massive Attack directly inspired by the subway scene with Isabelle Adjani in the movie Possession (1981) directed by Andrzej Żuławski.
In 2017 she took the role of The Woman in the short film The Human Voice , written and directed by Patrick Kennedy (actor) and based on the play La Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau , for which she won Best Actress at the Oxford International Film Festival .
While at Oxford, Pike was in a relationship with Simon Woods which lasted two years. 裴淳华 (pinyin: Péi Chúnhuá), and being a fan of Chinese culture, they requested the media to use this as her Chinese name rather than the transliteration of her English name.They later played the lovers Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley in Pride & Prejudice. She was then engaged to the director of that production, Joe Wright, but they broke up in 2008. Since December 2009, Pike has been in a long-term relationship with Robie Uniacke, a businessman and mathematical researcher, and they have two sons. In 2015, when they visited China to promote Gone Girl, Pike mentioned that Uniacke had given her a Chinese name
In 2015, she signed an open letter for which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they would serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa, respectively, which would start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015, supposed to establish new development goals for the generation.
|2002||Die Another Day||Miranda Frost|
|The Libertine||Elizabeth Malet|
|2005||Pride & Prejudice||Jane Bennet|
|Doom||Dr. Samantha Grimm|
|Yesterday We Were in America||Narrator||Documentary|
|2010||Burning Palms||Dedra Davenport|
|Jackboots on Whitehall||Daisy||Voice|
|Barney's Version||Miriam Grant-Panofsky|
|Made in Dagenham||Lisa Hopkins|
|2011||The Organ Grinder's Monkey||Rochelle||Short film|
|Johnny English Reborn||Kate Sumner|
|The Big Year||Jessica|
|2012||Wrath of the Titans||Queen Andromeda|
|Jack Reacher||Helen Rodin|
|2013||The Devil You Know||Zoe Hughes|
|The World's End||Sam Chamberlain|
|2014||A Long Way Down||Penny|
|Hector and the Search for Happiness||Clara|
|What We Did on Our Holiday||Abi|
|Gone Girl||Amy Elliott Dunne|
|2015||Return to Sender||Miranda Wells|
|2016||A United Kingdom||Ruth Williams Khama|
|2017||The Man with the Iron Heart||Lina Heydrich|
|A Private War||Marie Colvin|
|2019||The Informer||Wilcox||In post-production|
|2020||Radioactive||Marie Curie||In post-production|
|1998||A Rather English Marriage||Celia||Television film|
|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||Bond Girls Are Forever||Herself||Documentary|
|Foyle's War||Sarah Beaumont||Episode: "The German Woman"|
|2008||The Tower||Olivia Wynn||Pilot|
|2011||Women in Love||Gudrun Brangwen||2 episodes|
|2015–present||Thunderbirds Are Go|| Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward /|
Captain Ridley O'Bannon
|2018||Watership Down||The Black Rabbit of Inlé||Voice|
|2019||State of the Union||Louise|
|2002||Hitchcock Blonde||The Blonde|
|2006||Summer and Smoke||Alma Winemiller|
|2009||Madame de Sade||Madame de Sade|
|2010||Hedda Gabler||Hedda Gabler|
|2016||Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers||Voodoo in My Blood|
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