Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike
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Pike in February 2018
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike

1979 (age 41–42)
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
OccupationActress and narrator
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Robie Uniacke (2009–present)
AwardsFull list

Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike[1] (born 1979) is a British actress and narrator. Her accolades include a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and an Academy Award nomination.

She began her acting career by appearing in stage productions such as Romeo and Juliet, alongside Paul Ready, and Gaslight. 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).

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 and 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).

In 2014, her performance in the psychological thriller Gone Girl was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning the Saturn Award for Best Actress and receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Pike received further acclaim for her starring role as Ruth Williams Khama in the biographical drama A United Kingdom (2016) and for portraying the journalist Marie Colvin in the biographical war drama A Private War (2018), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Pike won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2019 for her role in State of the Union.[2] In 2021, Pike won her first Golden Globe Award for her critically acclaimed role as Marla Grayson in I Care a Lot.[3]

Early life and education

Pike was born in 1979 in Hammersmith, London,[4] the only child of opera singers Caroline Friend and Julian Pike.[1][5][6]

Pike attended Badminton School in Bristol, and while appearing as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, she was noticed by an agent who helped her embark upon a professional career. She kept her acting a secret[from whom?] until she went to Oxford University.

After being turned down by every 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 honours 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.[7]

Acting career

While she was still at Oxford, Pike acted in and directed various plays, including one by Simon Chesterman, who was then a graduate student.[8] She also made appearances on British television shows, including A Rather English Marriage (1998),[9] 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 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.[10] Pike then played Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine (2004), co-starring Johnny Depp,[11] which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards.[12] In the same year, she portrayed Rose in The Promised Land, a film about Israel,[9] and starred as scientist Samantha Grimm in the cinematic adaptation of the computer game series Doom.[13]

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.[14]

Her stage credits include Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, both in London's West End, and Gaslight at London's Old Vic Theatre.[15] In 2009, she played the title character in Madame De Sade during the Donmar's West End season.[16]

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 series of James Bond audio-books, narrating The Spy Who Loved Me.[17] 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 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.[18] Taking the role in Wrath of the Titans meant she had to drop out of consideration for a role in Man of Steel.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Pike and actor Ben Affleck attending Gone Girl premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival in October 2014

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.[22] 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.[23][24] The film emerged as a box office hit, earning over $356 million in global ticket sales.[25] The movie and Pike's performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics.[26]

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."[27] 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 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.[28]

In 2017, she took the role of The Woman in the short film The Human Voice, written and directed by Patrick Kennedy and based on the play La Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau, for which she won Best Actress at the Oxford International Film Festival.

In 2018, she was cast as war correspondent Marie Colvin in "A Private War", directed by Matthew Heineman and based on "Marie Colvin's Private War", a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner. Pike was nominated for Golden Globe award for best actress and Satellite award for best actress in a motion picture, drama, more.

In 2019, she was cast in the role of Moiraine in Amazon Video's adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic The Wheel of Time.[29] Her other films include the thriller The Informer and the biopic Radioactive; in the latter, she played Marie Curie.

In 2021, Pike starred as con artist Marla Grayson in the crime thriller I Care a Lot, directed by J Blakeson and co-starring Peter Dinklage, Eiza González and Dianne Wiest. Her performance received universal acclaim; David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said "Pike brings crisp efficiency and dead-eyed amorality to a legal conservator",[30] and ABC News journalist Peter Travers wrote that "Pike makes a feast of the role".[31] At the 78th Golden Globe Awards, she won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.[32]

Personal life

While at Oxford, Pike was in a relationship with Simon Woods which lasted two years.[33] 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, before they broke up in 2008.[34]

Since December 2009, Pike has been in a relationship with Robie Uniacke (born in 1960), a businessman and mathematical researcher, and they have two sons, both fluent in Mandarin.[35][36][37][38] In 2015, when they visited China to promote Gone Girl, Pike mentioned that Uniacke had given her a Chinese name 裴淳华 (traditional Chinese: , pinyin: Péi Chúnhuá, IPA: [pʰěi ʈʂʰwə̌n.xwǎ]),[39] and, being fans of Chinese culture, they requested the media to use this as her Chinese name rather than the transliteration of her English name.[40]

In 2015, Pike 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 Group of Seven (G7) and the African Union (AU), respectively, which would start to set the priorities in development funding before a main United Nations (UN) summit in September 2015, supposed to establish new development goals for the generation.[41]

In 2021, Pike became an investor and the creative director for the psychedelic-inspired meditation app Lumenate, which aims to guide the user into an altered state of consciousness.[42]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Die Another Day Miranda Frost Film Debut
2004 Promised Land Rose
The Libertine Elizabeth Malet
2005 Pride & Prejudice Jane Bennet
Doom Dr. Samantha Grimm
2007 Fracture Nikki Gardner
Fugitive Pieces Alex
2009 An Education Helen
Surrogates Maggie Greer
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 McLeod
Gone Girl Amy Elliott Dunne Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress
2015 Return to Sender Miranda Wells
2016 A United Kingdom Ruth Williams Khama
2017 The Man with the Iron Heart Lina Heydrich
Hostiles Rosalie Quaid
2018 Beirut Sandy Crowder
Entebbe Brigitte Kuhlmann
A Private War[43] Marie Colvin
2019 The Informer Erica Wilcox
Radioactive Marie Curie
2020 I Care a Lot Marla Grayson Winner of Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical


Year Title Role Notes
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
2009 Freefall Anna Television film
2011 Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen 2 episodes
2015–20 Thunderbirds Are Go Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward /
Captain Ridley O'Bannon (voices)
39 episodes[44][45]
2018 Watership Down The Black Rabbit of Inlé (voice) 2 episodes
2019–present Moominvalley Moominmamma (voice) Main cast
State of the Union Louise 10 episodes
Archibald's Next Big Thing Narrator (voice)
2020 Thomas & Friends Duchess (voice) [46]
TBA The Wheel of Time Moiraine Damodred Main cast; upcoming series


Year Title Role
2002 Hitchcock Blonde The Blonde
2006 Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller
2007 Gaslight Bella Manningham
2009 Madame de Sade Madame de Sade
2010 Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler

Music videos

Year Artist Title
2016 Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers Voodoo in My Blood


See also


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