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Rosamund Pike

Rosamund PikeRosamund Pike, born on the 27th of January 1979 in Hammersmith, London, England, is an exceptionally beautiful English actress. Her first screen credit was in 1998 for the television film A Rather English Marriage and she came to the attention of film-goers when she was cast at age 21 as the sexy Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day in 2002. She won the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for The Libertine; and also received BIFA nominations for her performances as Helen in An Education in 2009 and in the role of Lisa in Made in Dagenham in 2010.

Other film appearances include Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice in 2005, Fracture in 2007, Barney's Version in 2010, and in the highly successful Gone Girl in 2014.

Her performance as Amy Elliott-Dunne in the latter was met with critical acclaim, receiving numerous awards and nominations, including for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

On television, Pike played the role of Gudrun Brangwen in Women in Love in 2011. On stage she has performed in the West End in several productions, including Hitchcock Blonde in 2003, Summer and Smoke in 2006, Gas Light in 2007, and Hedda Gabler in 2010.

She is the only child of opera singers Caroline and Julian Pike. Pike's father is currently a professor of music and head of Operatic Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Rosamund PikeThe family travelled around Europe until she was seven years old - going wherever her parents' performing careers took them.

Pike won a scholarship to Badminton School in Bristol, and while appearing as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, was noticed by an agent who helped her get started on her professional career.

After being turned down by every stage school she had applied to, she gained admittance to read English Literature at Wadham College, Oxford, from which she graduated. She took a year off to pursue her acting career, getting stage experience from appearing in David Hare's Skylight, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, and several plays by Shakespeare; she achieved her Upper Second class degree in 2001.

While still at Oxford, Pike acted in and directed various plays, including one by Simon Chesterman who was then a graduate student. She also made appearances on British television shows, including A Rather English Marriage in 1998, Wives and Daughters in 1999, and Love in a Cold Climate in 2001 - a miniseries based on Nancy Mitford's novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. She also appeared as Sarah Beaumont in an episode of the series Foyle's War.

After graduation, she considered working at Waterstone's bookshop due to a lack of acting opportunities, but fortunately was offered a role as a Bond girl and MI6 agent assigned to aid James Bond in the film Die Another Day.

She also appeared in the special show Bond Girls Are Forever and the BAFTA tribute to the James Bond series. Pike then played Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine in 2004, co-starring Johnny Depp - a role which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards.

Rosamund PikeIn the same year, she portrayed Rose in The Promised Land - a film about Israel and starred as scientist Samantha Grimm in the film adaptation of the computer game series Doom.

In 2005, she appeared as Jane, the elder sister of Elizabeth, played by Keira Knightley, in Pride & Prejudice. Pike then starred in the film adaptation of Anne Michaels's novel Fugitive Pieces. She also starred as a beautiful and successful attorney in the film Fracture, with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.

Her stage credits include Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson - in a role that required her to appear completely nude on stage with only a pair of high heels on, and Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, both in London's West End, and in Gaslight at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Pike has said that she would be happy to do at least one play every year. In 2009, she played the title character in Madame De Sade during the Donmar's West End season.

She appeared in the British film Made in Dagenham and in the Canadian film Barney's Version where she played Miriam. In 2010, she starred in a production of Hedda Gabler on UK tour.

Pike has recorded voicework for a lead role in the film Jackboots on Whitehall and lent her voice to a new series of James Bond audio-books, narrating The Spy Who Loved Me.

Rosamund PikeIn 2010 Pike played the part of Pussy Galore in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Fleming's Goldfinger. In 2011, Pike played the part of Kate Sumner in the 2011 Bond spoof film Johnny English Reborn, playing a psychologist and English's love interest. The film is a sequel to the 2003 film Johnny English and was a box office success, taking over $160 million.

In 2012, she played the role of Queen Andromeda in the fantasy epic Wrath of the Titans. She replaced Alexa Davalos, who had played the role in Clash of the Titans and had dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Taking the role in Wrath of the Titans meant she had to drop out of consideration for a role in the forthcoming Supermanfilm.

Although the film was not well received by critics, it grossed over $300 million and critics considered her performance to be one of the film's highlights.

She also starred as Helen Rodin, the female lead alongside Tom Cruise in the thriller Jack Reacher, an adaptation of the novel One Shot by author Lee Child. The film opened to positive critical reception and had grossed over $218 million.

After a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The World's End in 2013, Pike was seen in the David Fincher-directed thriller Gone Girl in 2014 - a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. In a role opposite Ben Affleck, Pike was cast as Amy Dunne, a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary.

According to Fincher, he cast Pike in the role as he wanted someone who was not widely known, Pike having not appeared in any major leading role prior to the film's commencement. The film emerged as a box office hit, earning over $356 million in global ticket sales. The movie and Pike's performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics.

Rosamund PikeRichard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote: "The film is smartly shot, detailed ... and performed" and called Pike's portrayal "a star-makingly good performance, spellbinding in its operatic mix of tones and temperatures."

Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter stated: "She is powerful and commanding... physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive."

She received numerous awards and nominations, including for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Since 2015, she has voiced Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the remake of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Are Go produced by ITV in conjunction with Weta Workshop.

In 2007 she was engaged to film director Joe Wright, but he called off the wedding in 2008.

Since December of 2009, she has been in a relationship with Robie Uniacke, a mathematical researcher with whom she has two sons, Solo - born on the 6th of May 2012 and Atom - born on the 2nd of December 2014.

During 2015 she signed an open letter which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures for; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they serve as the head of the G7 in Germany and the AU in South Africa respectively, which will start to set the priorities in development funding before a main UN summit in September 2015 that will establish new development goals for the generation.

Rosamund PikePike plays the piano and cello and also speaks both French and German fluently.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude in English Literature from Oxford University's Wadham College and was friends with Chelsea Clinton while at Wadham College.

David Fincher had her undergo a rigorous boxing training with welterweight champion Holly Lawson for her role in Gone Girl.

"Filming Pride & Prejudice in 2005 was a joy and made for one of my happiest summers ever. It could well be that the story brings out the best in people - and it sounds so cheesy, but we really did behave like a family.

The girls playing the younger sisters had never been on a film set before and wanted to socialize all the time, so we picnicked, hung out in a beautiful country house and went swimming naked in a lake. It was idyllic."

About working with actor Johnny Depp she said:

"Johnny Depp is so brilliant to work with, so exciting, you believe in him so much as a character. It made my job very easy. He's like the coolest kid in school. You want to be in his gang. His whole lifestyle is kind of wonderful. He travels with this big group of people. He's like a gypsy. His caravan is always filled with his friends, playing guitar and painting. You want to be in the band. The guys who look after the trailers were like, 'How do we clean in there?' because he covered it with drapes and candles, just covered every available surface."

"He is the most amazing actor I've ever worked with. I felt very, very free with him. We had some very traumatic, violent scenes in which the director wanted us to push everything to the limit. I felt sick with worry the morning of shooting. I guess I drew on all the experiences of love I'd ever had. There were no rehearsals. It was very exciting."

Rosamund PikeNow Rosamund Pike may be up for an equally challenging part – playing Gone With The Wind star Vivien Leigh in a film about her life. Casting for the film written by British writer-director Paul Andrew Williams was due to start soon, and that Pike is expected to be considered for the role.

Her Oscar nominated role in Gone Girl was likely what brought her to the attention of producers of the Vivien Leigh film, as both Vivien Leigh and the character of Amy in Gone Girl could well be described as ‘troubled’.

The film is based on Hugo Vickers’s acclaimed biography of Leigh, published in 1989, which detailed her upbringing in Darjeeling, her chaotic love life, her stormy marriage to Sir Laurence Olivier, and her inability to sleep for more than three hours at a time.

In an interview Rosamund Pike once said: "When I was working in New York recently, I decided to do something strange every day," she explained.

"I would pick up a magazine and do whatever was on the page that fell open. I ended up making a trek across the water from Manhattan to eat lobster in a bun on the Brooklyn quayside, and the next morning I rode the Cyclone wooden roller coaster on Coney Island, which was utterly, horrendously terrifying, because it was built in 1927 and is so old that you can't be entirely sure it won't fall apart."

"There's a camera fixed to take pictures on one of the dips, and I had planned to adopt some sort of artful expression - like boredom, maybe - but instead I was screaming and grimacing like a zombie."

Rosamund PikeAbout her untarnished public image she states:

"I get into scrapes too often for perfection. There's this impression that I've somehow lived a charmed life. When I applied for drama school I was turned down by every single one, which was crushing at 19, although it's now a badge of pride."

"Later I met someone who had been on one of the panels, and he admitted I had done the best audition he'd ever seen..."

"No one's ever really "got" me," she says matter-of-factly. "When I would go on dates, men somehow felt they had to take me to the finest restaurants, when in fact one of the most magical nights of my life was spent roller-blading through the deserted streets of London at 3am.

She has received various accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, in addition to nominations for an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award.

Rosamund PikeFrom 2015, she voiced Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward in the remake of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds Are Go produced by ITV in conjunction with Weta Workshop. In February 2016, she starred in the music video for 'Voodoo in My Blood' by Massive Attack, directly inspired by the subway scene with Isabelle Adjani in the movie Possession (1981) directed by Andrzej Zulawski. In 2017, she took the role of The Woman in the short film The Human Voice, written and directed by Patrick Kennedy and based on the play La voix humaine by Jean Cocteau, for which she won Best Actress at the Oxford International Film Festival.

In 2018, Pike was cast as war correspondent Marie Colvin in A Private War, directed by Matthew Heineman and based on 'Marie Colvin's Private War', a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

In 2019, she was cast in the role of Moiraine in Amazon Prime Video's adaptation of Robert Jordan's fantasy epic The Wheel of Time, which was released in November 2021. Her other films include the thriller The Informer and the biopic Radioactive; in the latter, she played Marie Curie.

In 2021, Pike starred as con artist Marla Grayson in the crime thriller I Care a Lot, directed by J Blakeson and co-starring Peter Dinklage, Eiza Gonzalez and Dianne Wiest.

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Gone Girl video

The story tells of a married couple, Nick and Amy Dunne, on their fifth wedding anniversary. That morning, Amy mysteriously vanishes, leaving behind a rather suspicious trail of evidence.The authorities and the media quickly swoop down on Nick, who seems nice enough, but is oddly evasive and may not be telling the whole truth. As events unfold, you will be left wondering how well you truly know the person you love.

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This movie is worth watching for Rosamund Pike's performance alone, such an amazing actress who has really stood out so much lately with her roles, her performance in Gone Girl was outstanding as is her performance in Return to sender, such a beautiful and believable talented actress who brings her characters to life with so much enthusiasm you immediately get engrossed, in this movie she unfortunately gets raped one day by a stalker who invades her home, once the man is in prison she starts to have an unusual way of dealing with her turmoil by visiting her rapist and writing him letters, but are her motives leading to something more sinister?


Babel

Babel is inarguably one of the best films of 2006. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his co-writer, Guillermo Arriaga weave together the disparate strands of their story into a finely hewn fabric by focusing on what appear to be several equally incongruent characters: an American (Brad Pitt) touring Morocco with his wife (Cate Blanchett) become the focus of an international incident also involving a hardscrabble Moroccan farmer struggling to keep his two young sons in line and his family together. A San Diego nanny, her employers absent, makes the disastrous decision to take their kids with her to a wedding in Mexico. And a deaf-mute Japanese teen (the extraordinary and beautiful Rinko Kikuchi) deals with a relationship with her father and the world in general that's been upended by the death of her mother.
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