Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike


1/27/1979, London, England

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Rosamund is the only child of Julian and Caroline Pike. Her father is a concert violinist and her mother a prominent opera singer. She learned to play the piano and cello at a young age. She began performing with the National Youth Theatre from the age of 16.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rosamund was engaged to director Joe Wright, but he called off the wedding in the summer of 2008. They soon split.

    • Rosamund's film debut was in the 1998 BBC TV movie A Rather English Marriage which starred Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney.

    • Rosamund's favorite work of Dylan Thomas is the poem entitled In my craft or sullen art.

    • Her favorite black-and-white animal is a penguin. She began liking penguins since she was about six years old when she read the book Otto the Penguin.

    • Rosamund, while touring with Oxford University's production of The Taming of the Shrew, was able to perform in theatres in Osaka, Kyoto, and the Tokyo Globe in Japan.

    • While she has a fear of wasps, Rosamund is not afraid of spiders or anything that bites.

    • Her nickname is Ros.

    • Rosamund has been a victim of media misinformation. One such rumor is that she is having a child with a German actor named Andre Schneider. Pike denies these false reports.

    • Award Nominations and Wins:
      2003 - MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer (nominated)
      2003 - Empire Award (UK) for Best Newcomer for Die Another Day (won)
      2003 - Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award (Female) for Die Another Day (nominated)
      2005 - British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress/Actor for The Libertine (won)
      2006 - ALFS Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year for Pride and Prejudice (nominated)

    • Rosamund enjoys playing the cello and the piano. She also enjoys cooking and has a keen interest in photography.

    • Rosamund Pike has the same birthday as Alan Cumming and Bridget Fonda, among others.

    • It was rumored that she turned down the role of Rita Skeeter in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to play Jane Bennett in 2005's Pride and Prejudice. In an April 2007 interview, she revealed that she was never approached for the role.

    • Rosamund Pike's claim to fame was in 2002 when she played Miranda Frost in the movie Die Another Day. Prior to being cast in the movie, Rosamund has never seen a Bond movie.

    • One of Rosamund's favorite actresses and source of inspiration is Celia Johnson. Rosamund considers Die Another Day co-star Judi Dench as one of her lifelong heroes.

    • Between films, Pike does acting on stage, and has appeared in plays such as Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight.

    • Rosamund Pike is 5'9", has green eyes, and dirty blonde hair.

    • As of December 2007, Ms. Pike has been living in the West End of London, but has since expressed interest in moving to, and living in, New York City.

    • She became friends with Chelsea Clinton when they both attended Waldham College.

    • As of 2007, Rosamund has been dating director Joe Wright for nearly two years. The two got close on the set of the 2005 movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. As of September 2007, the couple are engaged to be married. Joe proposed to Rosamund in Lake Como, while on their way to Venice.

    • Besides English, Rosamund knows how to speak French and German fluently.

  • Quotes

    • Rosamund: (On "Die Another Die") It's something that I am going over in my head about the whole video game thing, and whether you support violence by being in a film like this. I mean, to me, it's incredibly unreal and it's all about the action, and just explosions.

    • Rosamund: I've got friends who are pyrotechnics who do big fire shows, so I'm really fascinated by that.

    • Rosamund Pike: I hate the politically correct term 'Bond Woman'... 'Bond Girl' sounds much sexier. Let's stick with that!

    • Rosamund Pike: I feel quite anonymous when I want to be. It's good. I feel I've got a good balance. I can still get on and live my life and move around; no one bothers me.

    • Rosamund Pike: I sort of don't want to move [to Los Angeles]. I like to have my feet sort of on the ground in London and I like L.A. to be a kind of playground.

    • Rosamund Pike: I just want to work with great actors, really, and great directors. And It doesn't really matter to me whether they come on stage or on screen.

    • Rosamund Pike: You have to self-edit all the time, at least until you are very old. Ideally, as an actress, you want some exposé at the end of your life and, before that, no one knowing anything about you.

    • Rosamund Pike: I am still romantic about theatre, about the idea of a mystery happening backstage to make something happen out there. I get goosebumps whenever I step on the Old Vic stage. It's the adrenaline rush, the quickening of the heart. It's like a drug.

    • Rosamund Pike: I was very much not beautiful as a child. I was very strange-looking and often mistaken for a boy. And any part I have got, I think has been because of some quality I've got that I can't see, rather than my looks.

    • Rosamund Pike: I find them quite shocking actually, these women that seem to be motivated entirely by career and money, and have no real intimacy with anybody or personal involvement with what they do. It's all a kind of professional kick.

    • Rosamund Pike: A view that's been held for a long time is that the best way to prove oneself as an actor is to play the grittiest roles out there. I don't agree with that.

    • Rosamund Pike: The job of an actor is the same in all of them, really. I mean, you're just creating a character that you hope people will believe, so it doesn't make that much of a difference really.

    • Rosamund Pike: I'm probably not going to play a junkie and that's OK because there are other people who will do it better.

    • Rosamund Pike: Nothing can teach you what it's like to work on a film set, and the best education there can be for an actor is to walk up the street and observe human nature.