Rosamund Pike: British Actress
Rosamund Pike has earned both critical and box office acclaim with her roles in films like An Education (2009), Made in Dagenham (2010), and Jack Reacher (2012). Her Academy Award nomination in 2014 for Gone Girl was well deserved.
Pike made her film debut as Miranda Frost in 2002’s Die Another Day. Before making it big in Hollywood, Pike made appearances in several British television series before receiving her breakthrough role.
Rosamund Pike’s Biography
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike was born on January 27th, 1979 in Hammersmith, London, and raised by opera singer Caroline Friend and Julian Pike – two opera singers who encouraged Rosamund’s interest in acting. Rosamund first made her professional acting debut with stage roles such as Romeo and Juliet with Paul Ready and Gas Light; shortly thereafter she made her TV debut in A Rather English Marriage, Wives and Daughters, and Love in a Cold Climate films.
Pike made her big break as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day in 2002, which earned international acclaim and received international praise. Since then she has gone on to star in other successful movies like Tom Hiddleston’s Libertine and Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley; Pike won numerous awards including the BIFA Award for best supporting actress in Libertine as well as a BAFTA Award nomination for Jane Bennet – earning multiple nominations and wins along the way!
Even with her success in films, she continues to participate in theatre productions and appears in several short films such as The Human Voice. Additionally, she has made appearances on television shows like Jackboots on Whitehall as well as lending her voice for The Spy Who Loved Me audiobook series.
Rosamund Pike is not only known for her cinematic and stage work but she is also renowned as a photographer. Her photographs have graced Vogue magazine covers as well as being displayed at museums worldwide.
Pike, born under the sign of Pisces, enjoys conversing with others and engaging in communication with them. She possesses natural empathy towards people, which fuels her motivation to perform well when other people are watching her work. Pike works hard but sometimes overdoes it and becomes intransigent and stubborn.
Rosamund Pike has appeared in numerous independent films over her career, such as Fracture, Fugitive Pieces, and An Education. Additionally, she played Kate Sumner from Johnny English Reborn as well as Queen Andromeda from Wrath of the Titans.
Rosamund Pike’s Education
Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike was encouraged to explore the arts from an early age by opera singers Julian Pike and Caroline Friend, who encouraged her to join the National Youth Theatre when she turned 16. After appearing in Romeo & Juliet and Skylight productions at NYT she was discovered by an agent, who helped launch her professional acting career. Later attending Wadham College Oxford where she graduated with an upper second class honours degree. While studying English literature she continued acting onstage by playing lead roles in Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson as well as Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke both productions taking place on London West End stages.
As well as appearing on television series like Wives and Daughters, she made her feature film debut in 2002’s Die Another Day despite never watching a James Bond film before; her chilling beauty and double-crossing villainy in Miranda Frost earned international acclaim as well as a BAFTA nomination. Following this role came mainstream and independent titles including Promised Land, The Libertine, and Pride & Prejudice (where she played one of the Bennet sisters).
2009 saw her star in the thriller Fugitive Pieces and 2007, Pike made her London premiere as Madame de Sade in Tennessee Williams’ Gas Light at Donmar Warehouse Theatre, earning a British Independent Film Award nomination and in 2010, was nominated for a Genie Award nomination for Barney’s Version. Over time, Pike found success in both mainstream and independent movies, such as her supporting role in the romantic comedy An Education or being cast as the title character in the Gone Girl biopic.
Pike made her film debut in 2018 in Seven Days in Entebbe and Beirut, an adaptation of Air France Flight 007’s 1976 dramatic rescue mission in Lebanon. Pike then appeared as Marie Curie in Radioactive; and voiced Moiraine Damodred for the Amazon Prime series The Wheel of Time based on Robert Jordan’s fantasy novels.
Rosamund Pike’s Acting Career
Rosamund Pike began her acting career onstage before transitioning to film and television productions. Her first television film role came with A Rather English Marriage (1998, BBC), but it wasn’t until 2002, when she appeared as Miranda Frost in James Bond: Die Another Day as that she became truly recognized for her efforts and received recognition – for which she received the prestigious Empire Award as Best Newcomer.
Pike attended Badminton School, and while acting in a National Youth Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet she was noticed by an agent who assisted in starting her professional career. Following rejections by various drama schools, she chose Oxford to study English Literature at Wadham College while simultaneously appearing in numerous stage productions including Skylight by David Hare, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, and many Shakespearean plays – providing valuable acting experience in each.
As she became increasingly recognized, she began appearing in several films such as Promised Land and The Libertine before making her breakthrough role as Amy Dunne in David Fincher’s Gone Girl in 2014. Her portrayal of Amy earned critical acclaim, earning her nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
From then, her star rapidly rose, becoming one of the world’s most sought-after actresses for her mysterious and captivating on-screen presence. Although cast in several large-budget blockbusters, she maintained her passion for theatre performances such as Madame De Sade, Hedda Gabler, and Gas Light among many others.
Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) will direct an anticipated biopic about iconic scientist Marie Curie and her partner Pierre. The film will be adapted from Lauren Redniss’ novel Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout for which this project is named. Additionally, she stars as famed Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin in Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts)’s new movie A Private War.
Rosamund Pike’s Filmography
Rosamund Pike began her artistic career at an early age as a stage actress. Later she earned a place to study at Wadham College in Oxford where she performed several plays before landing her breakthrough role in Die Another Day as Miranda Frost in the 2002 James Bond flick Die Another Day which gained international acclaim. Since then she has gone on to star in films like The Libertine (2004), Pride and Prejudice (2005), and Barney’s Version (2010); in theatre productions Madame De Sade in London theatre and Tennessee Williams Summer and Smoke at Donmar Warehouse respectively.
Pike quickly earned nominations and awards. Her roles as Ruth Williams Khama in The United Kingdom (2016) and journalist Marie Colvin in A Private War (2018) earned critical acclaim, garnering rave reviews from audiences as well. Most recently in 2019, Pike played FBI agent Erica Wilcox in the British crime drama The Informer as well as scientist Marie Curie in Radioactive — both roles earning additional acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
Pike returned to acting with a bang in 2014’s Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Her performance as Amy Dunne – a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary – earned critical acclaim and garnered Pike her only Oscar nomination ever.
After her success with Gone Girl, Pike secured the lead role in Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel The Crybaby as its film adaptation. Playing its protagonist (Pike played her as the Crybaby herself), Pike played an emotionally distraught widow who’s trying to raise her children alone following their husband passing away – earning rave reviews from critics as well as becoming an essential box office draw. The Crybaby received great critical acclaim as well as significant box office returns.
Pike made her historical fiction podcast debut with Edith!, an eight-episode series chronicling Woodrow Wilson’s First Lady Edith Wilson. Also appearing is Clark Gregg as President Wilson and Esther Povitsky as Trudy Grayson – two familiar names in 2021!