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Rupert Friend (born 1 October 1981) is an Englishmarker film actor.

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.

In 2010 Friend will make his stage debut as Mitchell in the UK premiere of The Little Dog Laughed. He stars in the forthcoming films The Kid, based on the novel by Kevin Lewis, and Lullaby for Pi.


Year Film Role
2004 The Libertine Downs
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mr. Wickham
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont Ludovic Meyer
2007 The Moon and the Stars Renzo Daverio/Spoletta
The Last Legion Demetrius
Outlaw Sandy
Virgin Territory Alessandro Felice
2008 Jolene Coco Leger
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lt. Kurt Kotler
2009 Cheri Cheri
The Young Victoria Prince Albert
The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers Bourbon
2010 The Kid Kevin Lewis

Personal life

Friend grew up in Stonesfieldmarker, Oxfordshire and attended The Marlborough Schoolmarker in Woodstockmarker. He moved to take A-levels at the Cherwell Schoolmarker and d'Overbroeck's College in Oxford. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in Londonmarker.

Friend is dating actress Keira Knightley, whom he met on the set of Pride and Prejudice.



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