Rupert Friend

BATD ON Mar 31, 2009 AT 5:47 pm

Rupert Friend

Rupert Friend

Rupert Friend is best known for his ongoing romance with British actress Keira Knightley, but his stellar performances as Billy Downes opposite Johnny Depp in The Libertine and Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice (2005) prove that this tall, dark, and handsome Englishman is more than just a pretty face.

Born in Oxfordshire, England, Rupert attended the Marlborough School before he was trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. The Academy boasts popular alumni like Hugh Bonneville, Matthew Goode, and Minnie Driver. Friend is also known for reading the part of James Bond in Casino Royale in 2006. The same year, he and Keira publicly announced their romance, and shortly after, rumors surfaced that he and the British actress were engaged. (We’re praying there’s still hope.)

You might have seen Rupert acting opposite Joan Plowright in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, or as the unforgiving Lt. Kotler in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008). The tearjerker about a Jewish boy in a Nazi concentration camp befriending a German officer is a must-see.

On screen with Michelle in Cheri

On screen with Michelle in Cheri

Look for Rupert in The Young Victoria as Prince Albert, in cinemas now, he gives a touching performance alongside Emily Blunt. Also coming in 2009, he plays Pyotr in Buddha’s Little Finger, based on the novel by Victor Pelevin. The film is a first-person narrative set in modern Russia about a poet who takes the identity of a Soviet official. Look out for him in Cheri, set in the 1920’s he plays a spoiled rich kid who embarks on an affair with ex courtesan Michelle Pfeiffer. In Black Death, slated to hit theatres in 2010, Friend plays a monk living during the time of the first bubonic plague in England, haunted with stories of the dead being brought back to life.

A man who’s handsome, English, and multi-talented sounds just about perfect. Now, if only he was single…

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