|Rupert Friend Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||October 9, 1981|
Rupert Friend is a talented English actor best known for portraying Peter Quinn in the TV series, Homeland. He is also equally recognized for his roles in The Libertine, Pride & Prejudice, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and Hitman: Agent 47. Rupert studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Rupert William Anthony Friend
Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
New York City, New York, United States
Rupert Friend studied at The Marlborough School in Woodstock, England. He then joined the Cherwell School and d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford. Later, he took acting classes at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
- Father – David Oxton Friend (Cultural Historian)
- Mother – Caroline Friend (Solicitor)
- Siblings – Kate Friend (Sister)
- Others – Anthony Friend (Paternal Grandfather), Daphne R. Pochin (Paternal Grandmother)
Rupert Friend is managed by 42, Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
82 kg or 181 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Rupert Friend has dated –
- Keira Knightley (2005-2010) – In 2005, Rupert started dating English actress Keira Knightley. The two met during the filming of Pride & Prejudice in 2005. They separated in 2010.
- Aimee Mullins (2013-Present) – In 2013, he began dating Paralympian, actress, and model Aimee Mullins. The couple announced their engagement at the L’Oreal Paris event in December 2014. Rupert and Aimee tied the knot in a secret wedding at a “hobbit-y compost shed” on May 1, 2016, witnessed by only 2 of their closest friends.
Race / Ethnicity
He has English and Scottish ancestry.
- Defined cheekbones
- Dimpled smile
- Lines on the forehead
Rupert Friend has done endorsement work for brands like –
- Jaguar USA
- William Vintage
Best Known For
- His versatile roles in many films including The Libertine (2004) as Downs, Pride and Prejudice (2005) as Mr. Wickham, Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) as Ludovic Meyer, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) as Lieutenant Kurt Kotler, The Young Victoria (2009) as Prince Albert, Starred Up (2014) as Oliver, Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) as Agent 47, The Death of Stalin (2017) as Vasily Stalin, and many more
- Playing the role of Peter Quinn in the popular TV series Homeland from 2012 to 2017 on the Showtime network. He received numerous Emmy nominations for his character as Peter Quinn.
In 2005, he made his theatrical film debut in the drama film Pride & Prejudice as Mr. Wickham.
First TV Show
In 2008, he made his first TV show appearance on the talk show Xposé.
Rupert Friend works out regularly in order to stay fit. He resorts to different workout routines as per the requirement of his roles. He underwent specialized training in Krav Maga fighting for his character as a killer agent in Hitman: Agent 47.
Also, he has previously trained in boxing, Filipino knife fighting, and some judo. Most times, these forms of training require a lot of focus and strength as the whole program can get really intense and laborious.
As for his diet, he follows a balanced and healthy eating ritual that compliments his workout or training program.
Rupert Friend Facts
- He grew up in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire.
- Growing up, he wanted to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones but, soon realized that it was not as remunerative as he thought.
- His grandparents were dairy farmers.
- After completing his school, he joined a band called Marrakech.
- His first cinematic girl crush was Ursula Andress from Dr. No (1962).
- He considers Daniel Day-Lewis as his hero.
- He auditioned 7 times for the character of Peter Quinn in the TV series Homeland.
- In an interview, he admitted in having a lesser passion for the stage as it requires “doing the same thing, every night, for 100 nights in a row”.
- In 2005, he won the Golden Satellite International Press Academy Award for the ‘Outstanding New Talent’.
- Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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