Sunday, 26 May 2013

Kate Summer, Johnny English's Best Partner

Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike (born 27 January 1979) is an English actress who first came to international attention when she played Bond girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002). 

Since then her film roles have included Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (2005), Nikki Gardner in Fracture (2007), Alex in Fugitive Pieces (2007), Helen in An Education (2009), Miriam Grant-Panofsky in Barney's Version (2010), Lisa Hopkins in Made in Dagenham (2010), Kate Sumner in Johnny English Reborn (2011), Queen Andromeda in Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Helen Rodin in Jack Reacher (2012).

Rosamund Pike was born in Hammersmith, London, the only child of concert musicians/opera singers Caroline (née Friend) and Julian Pike. Pike's father is now a professor of music and head of Operatic Studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

The family traveled across Europe until she was seven, following wherever her parents' performing career took them; as a result, she is conversant in French and German. Pike won a scholarship to Badminton School in Bristol,and while appearing in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, was noticed by an agent who helped her embark upon a professional career. 

After being turned down by every stage school she applied to, she gained a place to read English Literature at Wadham College, Oxford from which she graduated. 

After taking a year off to pursue her acting career, garnering stage experience in David Hare's Skylight, Arthur Miller's All My Sons, and several plays by Shakespeare; she achieved an Upper Second class degree in 2001.

While she was at Oxford, Pike had a two-year relationship with actor Simon Woods. She was engaged in 2007 to film director Joe Wright, but he called off the wedding in 2008. In May 2012, it was reported that she gave birth to her first child, a son, Solo. The father is Robie Uniacke, whom she has been dating since December 2009.

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