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Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike was born 28 January 1979 in London, England. She was the only child of opera singers Caroline and Julian Pike. She attended Badminton School in Bristol before studying English Literature at Wadham College, Oxford. While there, she studied under both Bernard O’Donoghue, the Whitbread prize-winning poet, and Robert J.C. Young, the eminent post-colonial theorist. An able student, she achieved a First Class in her first year examinations (known as Moderations) and, after taking a year off to pursue her career, returned to complete her degree in 2001, gaining an Upper Second.

She garnered stage experience in student productions, including David Hare’s Skylight, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and several plays by Shakespeare. While appearing in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, she was noticed by an agent who helped her embark upon a professional career.

Rosamund’s British television roles appearances include A Rather English Marriage, Wives and Daughters, and Love in a Cold Climate, a mini-series based on the Nancy Mitford novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. She appeared as “Sarah Beaumont” in an episode of the series Foyle’s War.

However, Rosamund became known to a wider audience in Die Another Day as a rogue MI6 agent originally assigned to aid James Bond. During the film’s release she appeared in the special show Bond Girls Are Forever and, shortly thereafter, the BAFTA tribute to the James Bond series.
Rosamund played Elizabeth Malet in The Libertine co-starring Johnny Depp, which won her the Best Supporting Actress award at the British Independent Film Awards. In the same year, she portrayed Rose in The Promised Land (a film about Israel), as well as starring as scientist Samantha Grimm in the cinematic adaptation of the computer game Doom. And she appeared as Jane, the elder sister of Elizabeth, in Pride & Prejudice.

Rosamund had a role in the film adaptation of Anne Michaels’ novel Fugitive Pieces, and also starred as a successful attorney in the movie Fracture, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. It was her first experience shooting a movie in Los Angeles.

Her stage credits include Hitchcock Blonde by Terry Johnson (in a role requiring her to appear completely nude on stage with only a pair of high heels) and Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, both in London’s West End, and 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 plays Miriam. In 2010, she starred in a production of Hedda Gabler on UK tour. Rosamund 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. In 2010 Rosamund played the part of Pussy Galore in the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Fleming’s Goldfinger. In 2011, Rosamund 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 Superman film. 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, Rosamund was seen in the David Fincher-directed mystery 2014 film Gone Girl, a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. Featuring opposite Ben Affleck, Rosamund was cast as Amy Dunne, a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. According to Fincher, he cast Rosamund in the role as he wanted someone who was not widely known, Rosamund having not appeared in any major leading role prior to the film’s commencement. The film emerged as a box office hit, earning over $215 million in global ticket sales. The movie and Rosamund’s performance both earned widespread acclaim from critics Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote that the film is “Smartly shot, detailed … and performed” and called Rosamund’s portrayal as “a star-makingly good performance, spellbinding in its operatic mix of tones and temperatures.” Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter reviewed that she “is powerful and commanding … Physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive.” Rosamund earned several nominations for her role in Gone Girl, including an Academy Award nomination.

In 2015 Rosamund signed on to voice Lady Penelope in the TV series Thunderbirds Are Go! which started airing in April 2015. In 2016 Rosamund had one film released, A United Kingdom, about the lives of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. In 2017 Rosamund had two films coming out, The Man with the Iron Heart (also known as HHhH) in which she played Lina Heydrich, and Hostiles in which she teamed up with Christian Bale after a previous film fell trough.

Next she can be seen in Beirut along Jon Hamm, Entebbe along Daniël Brühl and Three Seconds with Joel Kinnaman. Rosamund also signed on to voice Moominmamma in the upcoming tv series Moominvalley.

Personal life
She is a skilled cellist and speaks fluent German and French. She currently lives in the West End, London. While at Oxford she was in a relationship with Simon Woods, who coincidentally portrayed the romantic interest of her character Jane Bennet in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice. She was engaged in 2007 to said film’s director Joe Wright, but they called off the wedding they had been planning to hold in 2008.

Since December 2009, she has been dating Robie Uniacke, a mathematical researcher. They have a son, Solo (born 6 May 2012). In June 2014 Rosamund revealed she is pregnant with the couple’s second child. She gave birth to another son in December 2014.