Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike was born 27 January 1979 and is a British actress.
Pike, was born in Hammersmith, London, the only child of opera singers Caroline Friend and Julian Pike.
Pike attended Badminton School in Bristol, and while appearing as Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, and was noticed by an agent who helped her embark upon a professional career. She kept her acting a secret until she went to Oxford University.
After being turned down by every stage school to which she applied, she gained a place to read English literature at Wadham College, Oxford. She graduated with an Upper Second-class honours degree in 2001, having taken a year off to pursue her acting career, gaining stage experience in David Hare’s Skylight, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and several plays by Shakespeare.
After her screen debut in the television film A Rather English Marriage (1998) and television roles in Wives and Daughters (1999) and Love in a Cold Climate (2001), she received international recognition for her film debut as Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002). Following her breakthrough, she acted in The Libertine (2004) and portrayed Jane Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005).
Pike then starred in the film adaptation of Anne Michaels’s novel Fugitive Pieces. She also starred as a successful attorney in the film Fracture, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling.
She appeared in the British film Made in Dagenham. In 2012, she played the role of Queen Andromeda in the fantasy epic Wrath of the Titans. She also starred as Helen Rodin, the female lead alongside Tom Cruise in the thriller Jack Reacher.
After a supporting role in the critically acclaimed The World’s End (2013), Pike was seen in the David Fincher-directed thriller Gone Girl (2014), a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Featuring opposite Ben Affleck, Pike was cast as Amy Dunne, a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. According to Fincher, Pike was his first choice for the role because he wanted someone who was not widely known, Pike having not appeared in any major leading role prior to the film’s commencement, and because he found her enigmatic and couldn’t easily read her.
In 2018, she was cast as war correspondent Marie Colvin in “A Private War” based on “Marie Covin’s Private War”, a novel by Marie Brenner and directed by Matthew Heineman.
In 2019, she was cast in the lead role of Moiraine in Amazon Video’s adaptation of Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic The Wheel of Time. Her other films include the thriller The Informer and the biopic Radioactive; in the latter, she played Marie Curie.
In 2015, Pike signed an open letter for which the ONE Campaign had been collecting signatures; the letter was addressed to Angela Merkel and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, urging them to focus on women as they would serve as the head of the Group of Seven (G7) and the African Union (AU), respectively, which would start to set the priorities in development funding before a main United Nations (UN) summit in September 2015, supposed to establish new development goals for the generation.