AT ETERNITY'S GATE
RUPERT FRIEND (Theo van Gogh) can currently be seen in David Lowery's Strange
Angel produced by
Ridley Scott and streaming now on CBS All Access. This past year Friend starred
in Armando Iannucci's
The Death of Stalin, opposite Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Friend is best known for his
five seasons on Homeland as 'Peter Quinn', a role for which he received an Emmy
Friend first rose to fame after being nominated by the British Independent Film
Awards as "Best Newcomer"
for his first professional role in The Libertine opposite Johnny Depp and John
Malkovich. He followed that
playing 'Mr. Wickham' in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice directed by
Joe Wright. In 2008, Friend
appeared in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas with Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis,
and in 2009 starred
opposite Emily Blunt in The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee. Later
that year, Friend went on to
play the title role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Stephen Frears' Cheri.
In 2013, Friend co-starred as 'Oliver Baumer' in Starred Up, directed by David
Mackenzie; the film was
nominated for eight British Independent Film Awards, including one for Best
Supporting Actor for Friend.
In 2015 Friend starred as 'Agent 47' in Fox's Hitman: Agent 47 opposite Hannah
Ware and Zachary Quinto.
Friend started his stage career in the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe production of
"Kassandra" and followed
that with the London West End Production of "The Little Dog Laughed," directed
by Jamie Lloyd and costarring
Tamsin Greig and Gemma Arterton. He received rave reviews for his 2012
performance in Dennis
Potter's "Brimstone And Treacle," at the Arcola Theatre in London. Friend
trained at the Webber Douglas
Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Aside from his two BIFA nominations, he was
New Talent at the 2005 Satellite Awards and was nominated in 2013, 2014, 2015,
and again in 2016 as part
of the Best Ensemble Cast (Homeland) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Rupert Friend is also a writer, producer, director and lyricist. He co-wrote and
produced the short film The
Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers, which won Best Comedy at
The New Hampshire Film
Festival in 2009. He went on to write, direct and produce Steve, starring Colin
Firth, for which he was
awarded the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival's 'Crystal Vision
Award.' Friend also
wrote the lyrics for the MOBO Award-winning UK group Kairos 4tet on their album
Everything We Hold,
which was named one of The Observer's Hidden Gems of 2013. Friend is currently
in development for his
first feature film as a writer/director.
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