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ROSAMUND PIKE grew up in London. At 16, she was accepted at the celebrated National Youth Theatre, and at 18 she played her first lead role in "Romeo and Juliet”. This was prior to her taking up a place at Oxford University where she studied English Literature. 

Whilst at Oxford she mixed professional television work with Student theatre productions.

Pikes next incarnation was Miranda Frost, MI6 agent, ice maiden, and champion fencer in the James Bond film Die Another Day. After Bond, Pike returned to theatre as "The Blonde” in award winning director Terry Johnson's highly acclaimed "Hitchcock Blonde” at the Royal Court Theater in London. The Daily Mail said that she "makes a stunningly poised stage debut, remarkably like Grace Kelly”. The play's huge success meant that it transferred to the Lyric Theater in the West End in June 2003, an achievement that was noticed by The New York Times, who called Pike "delicious”. 

2004 saw her take the lead role in Israeli Film-maker Amos Gitai's documentary style thriller, Promised Land Hotel. She plays a journalist who uncovers a human trafficking ring in the Gaza Strip, alongside co-star Anne Parillaud. She then started work on Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine, alongside Johnny Depp, for which she won a British Independent Film award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005. 

Pike stayed in the UK for her next project, Pride and Prejudice. Directed by Joe Wright, she plays beautiful, but misled Jane Bennett. The Independent was struck that she brought a ‘moving ferocity' to the role. Pike was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 2006 London Film Critics Circle Awards for her performance.

In late 2004, Pike donned a bullet proof vest when she took the lead female role of Samantha Grimm in the huge-budget action film, Doom, direct by Andzej Bartkowiak. The film is an adaptation of the computer game of the same name- one of the most popular titles in gaming history- and shot to the top of the US box office on its release in October of 2005. Shot in Prague, the film co-stars Karl Urban, the Rock and a host of mutant aliens. 

Summer 2005 took her to New York for an indie thriller, Devil You Know, fulfilling two long term ambitions: to film in New York, and to work on something written by a close friend and collaborator from Youth Theatre Days.

After completion of filming on Fracture, Pike worked in Toronto on Serendipity Point Films' adaptation of Anne Michael's award-winning novel, Fugitive Pieces. Fans of the book are eagerly awaiting the release of this beautiful story about love, and memory and repairing history, following a boy's escape from Nazi Atrocities in Poland, and subsequent rehabilitation in the Greek Islands and Canada.

Pike recently completed a 3-month run of the Tennessee Williams play "Summer and Smoke,” directed by Adrian Noble, which opened to rave reviews in the West End of London. She will next appear in the Patrick Hamilton thriller "Gaslight” at London's Old Vic.


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