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British actress Rosamund Pike is an intoxicating mix of blondeness, brains and beauty. At the age of 21, she landed her break out role as the sexy villain Miranda Frost in the Bond flick "Die Another Day". That role got Rosamund noticed, but it was her portrayal of Jane Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" that got her respect... and her role as the party girl Helen in the indie hit "An Education" that made her cool. Not bad for a girl that grew up in the shadow of dramatic parents who were both professional opera singers.
As a girl, Rosamund followed them around as they toured Europe, hanging around backstage until she got bit by the acting bug. Soon enough she was on stage in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the National Youth Theater, was spotted by an agent, and began her professional acting career. She's made some bold choices - like appearing nude on stage in the play "Hitchcock Blonde" in London's West End, and has chosen to alternate doing theater work with movies like "The Libertine" with Johnny Depp, "Fracture" with Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins, the screen adaptation of acclaimed Canadian novelist Anne Michael's "Fugitive Pieces", and the recent period film "Made in Dagenham".
In her latest role as Miriam in "Barney's Version", Rosamund has returned to the pages of another great Canadian writer, Mordecai Richler, in what most critics are calling "the role of a lifetime".