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ROSAMUND PIKE (Dr. Samantha "Sam” Grimm) grew up in London, the only daughter of two professional opera singers. Her key formative years were spent on the European continent, including a liberating few months in Italy as her father worked with modernist composer Hans Werne Henze.

At 16, Pike was accepted at the celebrated National Youth Theatre where she spent the following three summers, culminating in her playing her first lead role in Romeo and Juliet when she was 18. It was that performance which brought her to the attention of agent Dallas Smith who spent the next few years closely guiding her career. The play ran over the summer holidays prior to her taking a place at Oxford, where she was to study English Literature at Wadham College.

At Oxford, Pike continued to act and toured with the university production of The Taming of the Shrew. The tour, during summer recess, took her on a six-week trip to Japan where she performed in theatres in Osaka, Kyoto and the Tokyo Globe. Prior to leaving, she spent two days shooting her first film role in A Rather English Marriage, starring Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney.

Pike also spent evenings at the local repertory theater, the famous Oxford Playhouse. She played the part of the restoration actress Elisabeth Barry in Stephen Jeffrey's play The Libertine, and as Ann in Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

Before she left for Oxford, Pike was cast as Lady Harriet in the BBC's lavish production of Wives and Daughters, opposite Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis and Bill Patterson.

During the following summer she spent ten weeks filming Love in a Cold Climate, an adaptation of the Nancy Mitford books. The cast list included Alan Bates, Sheila Gish, Celia Imrie, John Standing and Anthony Andrews. Returning to Oxford for the final three terms she took the role of Kyra in David Hare's Skylight, directed by young film director and fellow Oxford student James Rogan.

Pike's next role was as Miranda Frost, MI6 agent, champion fencer and a true match for James Bond in Die Another Day. After Bond, Rosamund returned to theater, as The Blonde in award-winning director Terry Johnson's highly acclaimed "Hitchcock Blonde” at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

In early 2004, Pike started work on Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine, alongside Johnny Depp. She played Elizabeth Malet, wife to Depp's Earl of Rochester, with John Malkovich as King Charles II and Samantha Morton as Elizabeth Barry.

Pike stayed in the U.K. for her next project, an adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride & Prejudice. Directed by Joe Wright, the film features an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland and Dame Judi Dench. Currently, Pike is filming James Oakley's Devil You Know, slated for release in 2006.


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