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THE YOUNG VICTORIA

RUPERT FRIEND trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was named "outstanding new talent" at the 2005 Satellite Awards and was also nominated Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards.

One of his most notable roles to date is arguably as Mr. Wickham in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice opposite Keira Knightley and directed by Joe Wright. He also appeared with Johnny Depp in The Libertine, as Billy Downs, a young friend and lover of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, played by Depp. Other film credits include Outlaw, directed by Nick Love, The Moon and the Stars, with Jonathan Pryce and Alfred Molina, directed by John Irvin and The Last Legion with Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth, directed by Doug Lefler. He also played opposite Dame Joan Plowright in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. Friend has recently completed Jolene, directed by Dan Ireland and Virgin Territory, directed by David Leland.

More recently, he appeared in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, directed by Mark Herman, based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne. He can currently be seen as the lead in Stephen Frears' Cheri, adapted from Colette's novel by Christopher Hampton, co-starring with Michelle Pfeiffer and has just completed filming Lullaby for Pi in which he plays the lead with Clemence Posey directed by Benoit Phillipon and The Kid based on the true story of an abused child who grows up into a bare knuckle boxer and best selling author, directed by Nick Moran.

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