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I was thrilled to meet Rosamund Pike after I had seen her perform the title role in Hedda Gabler at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham in March 2010. This star of the 20th James Bond film Die Another Day looks certain to be an A-list actress in the years to come, with many great roles to her name! She signed some things for me including my theatre programme, my Bond Girls book and a photograph.
Rosamund Mary Pike was born in London in 1979, the only child of professional musicians. Her parents, Caroline and Julian Pike, were both opera singers (her father is now professor of vocal and operatic studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire). With such musical parents it is not surprising that she is an accomplished pianist and cellist.
Rosamund Pike at Oxford
Rosamund in a student production
As Lady Harriet in Wives and Daughters
the Oxford Playhouse. These included The Libertine (she would later have a part in the film version of this), and Ionesco's Rhinoceros . Her acting talent also took her to Japan with roles in The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth by Shakespeare.
Alan Bates & Rosamund Pike in
Love in a Cold Climate
As Fanny Logan in Love in a Cold Climate
As Fanny Logan in Love in a Cold Climate
Before graduating from Oxford with a BA degree, she played Lady Harriet Cumnor in four episodes of Wives and Daughters (1999); Fanny in the remake of Love in a Cold Climate (2001), the BBC mini-series based on two Nancy Mitford novels, and Sarah Beaumont in the very first episode of the series Foyle's War (2002).
As Sarah in Foyles War
Halle Berry, stars of Die Another Day
With Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day
With Toby Stephens in Die Another Day
Rosamund as Miranda Frost in Die Another Day
Publicity for Die Another Day
Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan &
Rosamund's big break came when she was cast as double agent Miranda Frost in the 20th James Bon
Bond film, Die Another Day (2002) with Halle Berry and Pierce Brosnan as 007. Until then she had never seen a Bond
Bond film and, for the part, she had to learn the
sport of fencing. She says, "Everyone asks me about the love scene with Pierce Brosnan, but it really didn't feel sexy at the time. You have to wear all this really un-sexy equipment to preserve your modesty."
Filming in London for Die Another Day
Her next role was as Elizabeth Malet in the 17th Century drama The Libertine (2004) co-starring Johnny Depp, and this won her a British Independent Film Award for 'Best Supporting Actress'.
With Diana Bespechni in Promised Land
Rosamund played Rose in a disturbing film about woman trafficking in the Middle East Promised Land (2004) and Samantha Grimm in the sci-fi thriller Doom (2005), before her more high-profile role of Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), which gained four Oscar nominations.
Rosamund Pike & Johnny Depp in The Libertine
Rosamund as Samantha Grimm in Doom
As Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice dvd
Keira Knightley with Rosamund
in Pride & Prejudice
The critical success of Pride & Prejudice ensured that a number of
Ryan Gosling & Rosamund Pike in Fracture
Rosamund Pike in Last Night
Rosamund & Stephen Dillane in Fugitive Pieces
As Nikki Gardner in Fracture
of roles were lined up for Rosamund. These included successful attorney Nikki Gardner in the crime drama Fracture (2007) starring Anthony Hopkins, and Alex in Fugitive Pieces (2007). She also mad
made a ten-minute 'short' Last Night (2007) with Anthony Andrews. It was filmed at Hornby Castle in Lancashire, and sent to film festivals worldwide.
Rosamund Pike as Helen in An Education
Rosamund with Bruce Willis in Surrogates
Rosamund Pike & Dominic Cooper in An Education
Her recent film roles have included Helen in An Education (2009) starring Carey Mulligan, and nominated for numerous film awards. Nick Hornby's screenplay is based on the autobiographical memoirs
memoirs of British journalist Lynn Barber. In contrast, Rosamund starred as Maggie, the estranged wife of Tom Greer (Bruce Willis) in the Sci-fi thriller Surrogates (2009). Also made in the same year was the thriller Devil You Know (2009) in which Rosamund plays a would-be movie star Zoe Hughes.
As Maggie in Surrogates
Rosamund Pike is also a seriously good stage actress who has
has said that she would like to complete one stage role each year. After leaving Oxford University, she took the lead role in the
the hit theatre production of Hitchcock Blonde which d
drew rave reviews when it opened at the Lyric Theatre in London's West End in 2003. Rosamund's performance, which included a lengthy and daring nude scene, was highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.
William Hootkins & Rosamund Pike
in Hitchcock Blonde
In 2006 Rosamund played Alma Winemiller in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke at the Nottingham Playhouse, which was followed by a West End run at the Apollo Theatre.
Other West End appearances have followed. In 2006, she was cast in the role of Bella Man
Rosamund Pike & Judy Dench in Madame de Sade
Manningham in a revival of Patrick Hamilton's 'Victorian thriller' Gaslight at The Old Vic, and in 2009 took the title role in Madame de Sade at Wyndham's Theatre.
Rosamund Pike in
Summer and Smoke
Rosamund Pike in the title role of Hedda Gabler at Nottingham's Theatre Royal
In March 2010, she again played the lead role, this time in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham. I went t
to see this and thought it was brilliant, with Rosamund Pike outstanding as Hedda. The excellent cast also included Robert Glenister, Tim McInnerny, Anna Carteret and Zoe Waites.
Rosamund Pike in Performances
at Wilton's Music Hall
Rosamund Pike as Bella in Gaslight
Rosamund signed my Hedda Gabler programme
Rosamund Pike is still single after two serious relationships. The first with actor Simon Woods ended when he turned out to be gay. She was then
engaged to Joe Wright (director of Pride and Prejudice and Atonemen
Atonement) in 2007, but that ended just weeks before they were due to marry in 2008.
of Atonement in 2007
Rosamund Pike with Joe Wright
Rosamund Pike at the premiere
Such is Rosamund Pike's great beauty, it is not surprisi been
surprising that she has been photographed for the covers of glossy magazines like Harpers & Queen, Tatler, and Vanity Fair. She has also appeared in colour supplements for the Evening Standard and The Observer.
Her most recent films are Barney's Vision, based on a novel by Mordecai Richler, and co-starring Dustin Hoffman & Minnie Driver, and Made in Dagenham with Miranda Richardson & Bob Hoskins. Both of these films are due for release in 2010.
Rosamund has signed this photograph to me
Rosamund signed her picture in my Bond Girls book
Aged 11 she went to Badminton, a boarding school in Bristol where she told everyone she was going to be an actress! They believed her, especially when, at the age of 16, she joined the National Youth Theatre. Whilst Rosamundw
there, Rosamund caught the attention of Dallas Smith, an agent who convinced her that she possessed enormous theatrical talent. With Smith's support, she beg
began her professional acting career in the BBC's A Rather English Marriage (1998) alongside Albert Finney an
and Joanna Lumley. Rosamund also had a place at Wadham College, Oxford where sh
she studied English Literature whilst at the same time developing her acting by playing lead roles in productions at