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Pike in 2018
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike

1979 (age 44–45)
Hammersmith, London, England
Alma mater Wadham College, Oxford
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Partner(s) Robie Uniacke (2009–present)
Children 2
Awards Full list

Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike (born 1979) is a British actress. She began her acting career by appearing in stage productions including Romeo and Juliet and Gas Light. Pike had her breakthrough for her film debut as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002), for which she received the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. She won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Libertine (2004) and portrayed Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005).

Pike received British Independent Film Award nominations for her supporting roles in An Education (2009) and Made in Dagenham (2010), and appeared in such mainstream films as Johnny English Reborn (2011), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Jack Reacher (2012) and The World's End (2013). Her performance in the psychological thriller Gone Girl (2014) received critical acclaim and earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Pike portrayed Ruth Williams Khama in the biopic A United Kingdom (2016) and Marie Colvin in the war film A Private War (2018). She won a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in State of the Union (2019) and a Golden Globe for her performance in I Care a Lot (2020). In 2021, she began starring as Moiraine Damodred in the Amazon Prime Video fantasy series The Wheel of Time, and in 2023 she starred in the black comedy film Saltburn (2023).

Early life and education

Pike was born in 1979 in Hammersmith, London, the only child of opera singers Julian Pike and Caroline Friend.

She 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.

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 William Shakespeare.

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. She made appearances on British television shows, including A Rather English Marriage (1998), Wives and Daughters (1999), and the miniseries Love in a Cold Climate (2001). She appeared as Sarah Beaumont in an episode of the series Foyle's War.

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Pike at the premiere of Barney's Version during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

After graduating, she was offered a role as a Bond girl and MI6 agent assigned to aid James Bond in Die Another Day, and also appeared in the show Bond Girls Are Forever and, shortly afterwards, the BAFTA tribute to the James Bond film series. She was the first Bond girl to have gone to Oxford. Pike then played Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine (2004), co-starring Johnny Depp, which won her the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the same year, she portrayed Rose in 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' novel Fugitive Pieces. She starred as a successful attorney in the film Fracture, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Pike was a judge at the Costa Book Awards in 2008.

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

In 2010, she appeared in the British film Made in Dagenham and in the Canadian film Barney's Version where she plays Miriam. That same year, she starred in a production of Hedda Gabler on UK tour.

Pike recorded voicework for a lead role in the film Jackboots on Whitehall (2010) and lent her voice to a series of James Bond audio books, narrating The Spy Who Loved Me. Also in 2010, Pike played 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. Taking the role in Wrath of the Titans meant she had to drop out of consideration for a role in Man of Steel. 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. She 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.

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

After a supporting role in The World's End (2013), Pike starred in the David Fincher-directed thriller Gone Girl (2014), a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. 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 was a box office hit, earning over $356 million in global ticket sales. The movie and Pike's performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics.

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 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

From 2015, she voiced Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the remake of 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 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, Pike 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. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

In 2019, she was cast in the role of Moiraine in Amazon Prime Video's adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic The Wheel of Time, which was released in November 2021. 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", and ABC News journalist Peter Travers wrote that "Pike makes a feast of the role". At the 78th Golden Globe Awards, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

In 2021, Pike starred in and executive produced the eight episode historical fiction podcast Edith!. The scripted podcast dramatises a period during the Woodrow Wilson presidency when Wilson was incapacitated by a stroke and First Lady Edith Wilson took the reins of power while he recovered. Clark Gregg plays the role of President Wilson and Esther Povitsky portrays Trudy Grayson, the First Lady's best friend.

In 2022, it was announced that Pike would star in Emerald Fennell's second feature film, which is rumored to be titled Saltburn. She is also committed to lead the thriller Rich Flu, with Pablo Larraín producing the film.


In 2021, Pike narrated the audiobook of Paula Hawkins' novel, A Slow Fire Burning.

She also voiced an audiobook of The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series. In July 2022 it was announced that she would also voice audiobook versions of The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn.

Personal life

While at Oxford, Pike was in a relationship with Simon Woods which lasted two years. They later played the lovers Jane Bennet and Charles Bingley in Pride & Prejudice. She then became engaged to the director of that production, Joe Wright; their engagement ended in 2008.

Since December 2009, Pike has been in a relationship with Robie Uniacke, a businessman, and they have two sons, both fluent in Mandarin. They live in Prague. 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:), and, that, being admirers of Chinese culture, they would like the media to use this as her Chinese name rather than using the transliteration of her English name.

Other work

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 for development funding in preparation for a United Nations (UN) summit in September 2015, which was intended to establish new development goals for the next generation.

In 2021, Pike became an investor in, and the creative director for, the meditation app Lumenate. Also in 2021, Pike became the first ever Ambassador for Mines Advisory Group, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning NGO that assists people affected by landmines, unexploded ordnance, and small arms and light weapons.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Die Another Day Miranda Frost
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 Education, AnAn 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
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 Marie Colvin
2019 The Informer Erica Wilcox
Radioactive Marie Curie
2020 I Care a Lot Marla Grayson
2023 Saltburn Elspeth


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Rather English Marriage, AA Rather English Marriage Celia Television film
1999 Wives and Daughters Lady Harriet Cumnor 3 episodes
2000 Trial & Retribution Lucy Episode: "Trial and 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 Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Freefall Anna Television film
2011 Women in Love Gudrun Brangwen 2 episodes
2015–2020 Thunderbirds Are Go Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward /
Captain Ridley O'Bannon (voices)
39 episodes
2018 Watership Down The Black Rabbit of Inlé (voice) 2 episodes
2019 State of the Union Louise 10 episodes
2019–present Moominvalley Moominmamma (voice) Main cast
Archibald's Next Big Thing Narrator (voice)
2020 Thomas & Friends Duchess (voice) Episode: "Thomas and the Royal Engine"
2021–present The Wheel of Time Moiraine Damodred Main cast; also producer


Year Title Role
2002 Hitchcock Blonde The Blonde
2006 Summer and Smoke Alma Winemiller
2007 Gas Light 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


Year Podcast Episode Role
2021 Edith! All Episodes First Lady Edith Wilson
2023 People Who Knew Me All Episodes Connie Prynne/Emily Morris
2023 Mother, Neighbor, Russian Spy All Episodes Narrator


  • Restless (novel) (2007) ISBN: 978-0747586203 ASIN B000JCESY8
  • The Magician's Apprentice (Abridged) (2009) ISBN: 978-1841495903 ASIN B00JHNTY3U
  • The Bolter (2009) ISBN: 978-0307476425 ASIN B00JHNU2EA
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (novel) (Unabridged) (2014) ISBN: 978-0670665938 ASIN B00977PYTE
  • The Hours (novel) A BBC Radio 4 Full-cast Dramatisation (Abridged) (2018) ISBN: 0-374-17289-7 ASIN B07DYDRXPY
  • Pride and Prejudice (Unabridged) (2015) ISBN: 979-8565411881 ASIN B016LN4BYA
  • Sense and Sensibility (Unabridged) (2018) ISBN: 978-1980245094 ASIN B07FDJPVWX
  • A Slow Fire Burning (2021) ISBN: 978-0735211230 ASIN B08PG3YNST
  • The Eye of the World (Unabridged) (2021) ISBN: 0-312-85009-3 ASIN B09JT5JR49
  • The Great Hunt (Unabridged) (2022) ISBN: 0-312-85140-5 ASIN B0B7KGZLKB
  • Origins of The Wheel of Time: The Legends and Mythologies that Inspired Robert Jordan (2021) ISBN: 978-1250860521 ASIN B0B725LXC6
  • The Dragon Reborn (Unabridged) (2023) ISBN: 0-312-85248-7 ASIN B0B7KLSK3K


See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Rosamund Pike para niños

  • List of British actors
  • List of actors with Academy Award nominations
  • List of British Academy Award nominees and winners
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