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Rupert William Anthony Friend (born 9 October 1981) is a British actor, director, screenwriter, producer and lyricist. He is known for his work in comedies and dramas, both in television and film. For his role as Peter Quinn on the Showtime series Homeland, he was nominated for an Emmy in 2013. He went on to collaborate with Armando Iannucci in the movie The Death of Stalin in which he played Vasily Stalin, son of Joseph Stalin, and he played Theo Van Gogh - Vincent Van Gogh's brother, in Julian Schnabel's movie At Eternity's Gate’’. He has also worked with Wes Anderson on ‘’The French Dispatch’’, and previous roles include Lieutenant Kurt Kotler in the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Prince Albert in The Young Victoria and Agent 47 in the film Hitman: Agent 47.

Rupert Friend
Born
Rupert William Anthony Friend

(1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 38)
NationalityBritish
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer, lyricist
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)
Aimee Mullins (m. 2016)

Early life and educationEdit

Friend was born in Cambridge, UK and brought up in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, the son of Caroline, a solicitor, and Nicholas Friend, a cultural historian.[1] He attended The Marlborough School in Woodstock. He moved to take A-levels at the Cherwell School and d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford. Friend received his professional acting training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.[2] He considered himself a late starter: "I was about to set off sailing around the world when I heard I'd got into drama school. Everyone else there had grown up singing and dancing, whereas I was the opposite."[2]

CareerEdit

 
Friend in 2013

Originally he wanted to be an archaeologist and travel around the world after seeing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989, but he scrapped the idea after realizing that the occupation was perhaps not as exciting as Indiana Jones's adventures had led him to believe. Instead, he turned to acting, in which he was inspired by Marlon Brando who played Vito Corleone[3], and Daniel Day-Lewis, whom he described as "mind-boggling".[4]

He played three minor roles in a stage production of The Laramie Project when he was in his third year in drama school, and was spotted by a casting director[5] and made his acting debut as Billy Downs opposite Johnny Depp in the 2004 film The Libertine, for which he was named "outstanding new talent" at the 2005 Satellite Awards.[1] In 2005, he had his first starring role as Ludovic Meyer in the film adaption of Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, in which he starred opposite Joan Plowright. In the same year, he portrayed Wickham in Joe Wright's version of Pride and Prejudice.[6] In 2008, Friend and Tom Mison wrote and starred in a short film called The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers.[7] He founded his own production company called Beat Pictures, and he made his directorial debut with a short film in 2010 called Steve, which starred Colin Firth, Keira Knightley and Tom Mison.[8] In addition to directing, he wrote and produced the film, which was later included in the 2012 compilation Stars in Shorts.[9] Steve won Friend the Rhode Island Film Festival Crystal Image Award[10], and was nominated for the Santa Barbara Film Festival Bruce Corwin Award for Best Short Film.

He also starred in the film Chéri and played the titular character opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In addition, he joined the cast of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and played Kurt Kotler, a lieutenant in Nazi Germany.[11][12] In 2010, he played Albert, Prince Consort in Young Victoria. Graham King, producer of Young Victoria, chose Friend to star in the lead role because he remembered Friend's strong performance in Pride and Prejudice.[13] His performance received acclaim, in particular, from historian Alex von Tunzelmann, who praised him for putting in effort in mastering the role.[14]

In 2010, Friend made his stage debut as Mitchell in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed.[15] He followed this with Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle, in which he played the lead character to rave reviews.[16] He stars in the film The Kid, based on the novel by Kevin Lewis.[17] As the film involves boxing, he trained himself so as to improve his physical and psychological shape.[5] He also starred in a French film called Lullaby for Pi, playing a singer called Sam.[18] In 2011, he played Thomas Anders, the protagonist of the film 5 Days of War.[19]

Friend was asked by Kairos 4tet leader Adam Waldmann to write the lyrics for a track on their 2011 album Statement of Intent, and was then asked to write all the lyrics for their 2013 album Everything We Hold, which received rave reviews.[20][21] His lyrics were sung by Marc O'Reilly, Omar Lye-Fook, and Emilia Martensson.

In 2014, Friend played Oliver Baumer in Fox Searchlight's film Starred Up. His performance was applauded by critics and was nominated for BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor.[22] In 2015, Friend starred as Agent 47 in Hitman: Agent 47, a film based on the Hitman video game franchise, replacing Paul Walker.[23] In order to play the role, he had to shave all his hair.[24] He performed most of his own stunts. The production team also sent him copies of all the Hitman games for him to familiarize himself with the character.[25]

Friend played a major role as Peter Quinn in the political thriller series Homeland. Introduced in season two as a minor supporting character, his role became significantly larger after season three.[26] His performance received widespread acclaim and he was nominated for three different awards. Friend reprised his role as Quinn in the fifth season of Homeland, which was filmed entirely in Berlin, Germany and premiered on 4 October 2015[27][28] and was mourned by the press[29][30] after the sixth (his final) season.

Friend has become known as a "sneaky MVP when it comes to comedic supporting performances",[31], lighting up the screen in Paul Feig's A Simple Favor[32], starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in which he was offered the lead role, but turned it down to play a funny cameo instead[33]. He also displayed "serious comedic chops"[34] in Armando Iannucci's five-star reviewed The Death of Stalin.[35]

Friend played the role of rebellious wildman Ernest Donovan in Strange Angel from 2018-2019, and his performance was praised as being "an open book in a language no-one can read".[36]

Friend was asked by internationally renowned screenwriter David Koepp to narrate his debut novel Cold Storage for HarperCollins AudioBooks.[37]

He voiced the character of Peter Hardy in the 2019 Gimlet scripted podcast "Motherhacker".

In an interview on BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme, James Bond casting director Debbie McWilliams stated that Friend was asked if he'd like to be considered for the role of James Bond but he turned the screentest down.[38] After his worldwide success with Homeland, however, there is renewed speculation that he is on the shortlist to succeed Daniel Craig as 007.[39]

Personal lifeEdit

From 2005 to 2010, Friend dated English actress Keira Knightley, whom he met when filming Pride & Prejudice.[40][41] He met American athlete and actress Aimee Mullins in 2013,[42] and they became engaged in December 2014.[43] Friend and Mullins were married on 1 May 2016.[44]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Libertine Downs Ischia Film Festival Award for Best International Newcomer
Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mr. Wickham
2005 Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Ludovic Meyer Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent
2007 The Moon and the Stars Renzo Daverio / Spoletta
2007 Outlaw Sandy Mardell
2007 The Last Legion Demetrius
2007 Virgin Territory Alessandro Felice
2008 Jolene Coco Leger
2008 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Lt. Kurt Kotler
2009 The Young Victoria Prince Albert
2009 Chéri Chéri
2009 The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers Bourbon Short film
2010 The Kid Kevin Lewis
2010 Lullaby for Pi Sam
2011 Steve Writer/Director.

Won - Rhode Island International Film Festival Crystal Image Award 2011

Nominated - Santa Barbara International Film Festival Bruce Corwin Award Best Live Action Short Film

2011 5 Days of War Thomas Anders
2012 To Write Love on Her Arms David McKenna
2013 The Zero Theorem Man in Street Commercial
2014 Starred Up Oliver Nominated – British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014 Meet Me in Montenegro Stephen
2015 Stryka Callen Short film
2015 Hitman: Agent 47 Agent 47
2017 The Death of Stalin Vasily Stalin Nominated for BAFTA - Outstanding British Film of the Year
2018 At Eternity's Gate Theo van Gogh Nominated for Best Film - Venice Film Festival
2018 A Simple Favor Dennis Nylon
2019 Separation Jeff Post-production
2020 The French Dispatch Post-production
2020 Infinite Filming
TBA Waldo Wilson Sikorsky Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2017 Homeland Peter Quinn 55 episodes
Nominated – PAAFTJ Television Awards for Best Guest Actor In A Drama Series (2013)[45]
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
2018-2020 Dream Corp LLC Patient 62
2018–2019 Strange Angel Ernest Donovan

StageEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Little Dog Laughed Mitchell London
2012 Brimstone and Treacle Martin London

ReferencesEdit

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