From Bond girl to Gone Girl: Wheel of Time star Rosamund Pike’s best film and TV roles

We round up Rosamund Pike’s top film and TV appearances, from new Bond girl on the block to starring in Prime Video's fantasy drama The Wheel of Time.

By James Descombes Published: 23 November 2021 - 12.38pm
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Rosamund Pike burst onto the scene in 2002 as a smart sword-swinging Bond girl in Die Another Day. But since that first outing alongside 007 in the ever-popular franchise, the English actress has taken on far meatier roles, receiving critical acclaim and cementing her position as one of Britain’s best-loved actresses.

As she takes the lead role in Prime Video's fantasy series The Wheel of Time, we take our pick of Rosamund Pike’s best film and TV roles to date. 

The Wheel of Time

Rosamund Pike stars in the new mega-budget fantasy series The Wheel of Time, based on the best-selling series of books.

She plays Moiraine, a member of an incredibly powerful all-female organisation called the Aed Sedai. Watch the action unravel as she embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe alongside five other young men and women, one of whom is prophesised to be the Dragon Reborn – capable of saving or destroying humanity.

Watch The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime Video from November 19.

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I Care A Lot 

Rosamund Pike won a Golden Globe for her performance as Marla Grayson in the 2020 comedy-crime-thriller I Care A Lot.

Pike plays a wolf in sheep’s clothing – a court-appointed guardian hired to look after elders who she claims can’t look after themselves. But it’s all a scam to take possession of their assets and finances.

It’s fairly plain sailing for Grayson and her business partner, and lover, Fran (Eiza Gonzalez) until their latest victim enters the fray – the seemingly lovely Jennifer Peterson (Dianne Wiest).

Things soon start to go awry though, when Peterson’s son, crime lord Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage) arrives on the scene to claim back his mum’s belongings.

I Care A Lot is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. 

Radioactive

Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie in Radioactive Amazon Prime Video

Radioactive sees Pike play two-time Nobel Prize-winner Marie Sklodowska-Curie, as she revolutionises medicine in a male-dominated world.

Pike’s brilliant performance sees Marie Sklodowska-Curie played as a feisty and determined woman, as she works alongside her husband Pierre Curie (Sam Riley) to discover two new elements – polonium and radium, which could be used to revolutionise cancer treatment.

But the film also examines the consequences of her discoveries – both personal and for the world at large, including Hiroshima and Chernobyl. 

Pike told Vogue magazine, “to me she is the ultimate heroine”.

Radioactive is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

A Private War 

Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin in A Private War Aviron Pictures

Pike picked up Best Actress awards at both the Golden Globes and American Film Awards for her portrayal of journalist Marie Colvin, in the 2018 film A Private War.

Marie Colvin is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of all time, who bravely reported from the front lines of conflicts all over the world.

She wears a distinctive eye patch after being hit with a grenade in Sri Lanka and her personal life starts to unravel as she suffers from PTSD. Yet alongside the renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan), Colvin has to embark on her most dangerous assignment yet, to the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

It was a film that Pike almost couldn’t finish, as the realities of the role she was playing started to hit home: “I had such a confusion of emotion, deep compassion, and some sort of unnamed feeling of anger at the tragedy of the loss,” she told IndieWire. 

A Private War is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video. 

Hostiles

Rosamund Pike in Hostiles Waypoint Entertainment

Pike put in an incredible performance for her role as Rosalee Quaid in the 2017 western Hostiles, alongside Christian Bale and Scott Shepherd.

In 1892, settler Rosalee sees her husband and children slaughtered by a Comanche war group. While Rosalee manages to escape, acting the trauma of burying her children meant Pike had to go to another place emotionally.

Speaking on the role to Slant Magazine, Pike said: “When I watch the opening of Hostiles, I see it as something I lived, and my body reacts as if it was a lived trauma. It’s strange. My heart races. Empirically, I know it’s a movie, but my body is behaving like it’s living a memory.”

Hostiles is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video. 

A United Kingdom

Roasamund Pike in A United Kingdom Pathe UK

Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is a young African man studying law in London in 1947. But he’s also a prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana), which is effectively protected and ruled by the British. Pike plays Ruth Williams, a white woman that Khama falls head-over-heels in love with after they meet at a dance.

They get married and plan a return to his homeland, but the people of Bechuanaland are fearful of having a white woman becoming their queen, as is Khama’s uncle who sees her as a threat. And that’s nothing compared to the British reaction, who fear unrest in the region and a backlash from apartheid South Africa.

Speaking about the role in 2017, Pike told entertainment website Collider: “I still don’t really know how it connected with me so deeply, I had a very, very profound reaction to it. I just leapt to the story, I felt that people leaving the cinema having seen this would be buoyed up by hope.”

A United Kingdom is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video. 

Gone Girl

Rosamunud Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl Regency Enterprises

In 2014, Pike’s mesmerising performance in Gone Girl propelled her career to new heights. She was nominated for leading actress awards at both the Oscars and BAFTAs and acknowledged that “a role like that comes around once in a lifetime”.

The David Fincher-directed film is based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling thriller and draws back the curtain on the secrets of a modern marriage.

On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his wife Amy (Pike) has gone missing, leading to a media frenzy as all fingers point to the husband in this who-done-it of the highest order.

Legendary film critic Mark Kermode called Pike’s performance “electrifying”.

Gone Girl is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

Die Another Day

Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry in James Bond Die Another Day Eon Productions

Rosamund Pike burst onto the scene in 2002, when she played the ice-cold double agent Miranda Frost in the Bond movie Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan.

It was an explosive introduction for Pike, aged 22, sizzling as 007’s love interest and trading blows with Jinx, played by Halle Berry. It even earned her the Empire Award for Best Newcomer.

Reminiscing on her breakthrough role to Entertainment Weekly, Pike said: "There's so much mythology around the Bond films, there's so much riding on it, so much attention on it, there's so many eyes on it — I didn't really understand any of that."

Die Another Day is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Johnny English Reborn

Rosamund Pike in Johnny English Reborn StudioCanal

Having started her big-screen career alongside the iconic James Bond, Rosamund Pike joined forces with another, less suave, English spy, in the 2011 comedy-action spoof, Johnny English Reborn.

Pike plays Kate Sumner, an MI7 behavioural psychologist and love interest to the film’s hapless hero, Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson). It’s a very different role to Miranda Frost, but Pike shines in a cast that also includes Gillian Anderson and Dominic West.

Johnny English Reborn is available to watch on BritBox. 

Pride and Prejudice 

Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice Focus Features

In 2005, Pike played Jane Bennet alongside Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Bennet, in the film Pride and Prejudice, based on Jane Austen’s famous novel. It was a complete change of direction from the femme fatale vixen she had unleashed on her Bond debut.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pike said: “As Jane Bennet, you were allowed to be young. I felt like all my youth had to be hidden when I was playing Miranda Frost, like I had to be sophisticated beyond my years and show no fear. And suddenly here was Jane with all her sweetness and her ability to see the good in everybody.”

The story follows Jane and her four sisters as their world is turned upside down by the arrival of the wealthy and young Mr Bingley (Simon Woods) and his best friend, the dashing Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen). Pike added: “I believe that those Jane Austen stories have a magic ingrained in them.”

Pride and Prejudice is available on BritBox.