Oct. 1st, 1981
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Rupert Friend (born 1 October 1981) is an English film actor, who is best known for his roles as Mr. Wickham in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice, Lieutenant Kurt Kotler in the 2008 film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and Prince Albert in the 2009 film The Young Victoria.
He made his debut in the film The Libertine, as Billy Downs, a young friend and lover of Johnny Depp's John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, for which he was named "outstanding new talent" at the 2005 Satellite Awards.
In 2008, he and his Webber Douglas contemporary Tom Mison filmed the short The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers, which they wrote and in which they play the title characters. He also played in the film Cheri opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt.
In 2010, Friend made his stage debut as Mitchell in the UK premiere of The Little Do Laughed. He stars in the forthcoming films The Kid, based on the novel by Kevin Lewis, and Lullaby for Pi.
Friend wrote and produced the 2009 short film in which he starred in entitled, The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers. Then in 2010, Rupert wrote, directed and produced another short film entitled, Steve.
Friend grew up in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire, the son of a solicitor mother, Caroline, and a fine arts historian father. He attended Marlborough School in Woodstock. He moved to take A-levels at the Cherwell School and d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford.
Friend trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He calls himself a late starter, as he was "about to set off sailing around the world when I heard I’d got in to drama school. Everyone else there had grown up singing and dancing, whereas I was the opposite".
He had been dating Keira Knightley since 2005 but the couple split in December 2010.