Saltburn’s Rosamund Pike: 12 Roles You Forgot She Played

During her two decades in the spotlight, Rosamund Pike has appeared in Hollywood blockbusters such as Gone Girl, Jack Reacher and the James Bond film Die Another Day, and recently won praise for her performance in Saltburn.

But despite her being a very familiar face on both the big and small screens, there are still some Rosamund Pike roles you may not be familiar with – or have completely forgotten about.

Join us for a deeper dive into the Oscar nominee’s lesser-known on-screen moments…

A Rather English Wedding (1998)

Rosamund Pike (second from left) in A Rather English WeddingRosamund Pike (second from left) in A Rather English Wedding

n her first big role on screen – when she was still an English literature student at Oxford, having been rejected from every stage school she applied to – Rosamund played Celia in the BBC adaptation of Angela Lambert’s novel A Almost English Marriage.

Joining him in the cast are Tom Courtenay and Joanna Lumley, as well as Albert Finney, who plays Rosamund’s on-screen uncle.

The show was a huge success, earning three Baftas, including a win for Tom Courtenay, as well as additional nominations for Albert and Joanna.

Wives and Daughters (1999)

Rosamund in her first period drama, Wives And DaughtersRosamund in her first period drama, Wives And Daughters

Shortly after A Almost English Marriage came the four-part Wives and Daughters, in which Rosamund played Lady Harriet Cumnor.

Adapted from the Victorian novel Wives And Daughters: An Everyday Story by Elizabeth Gaskell, the star-studded cast also includes Keeley Hawes, Tom Hollander, the late Michael Gambon, and a young Sheridan Smith.

Trial & Retribution (2000)

Rosamund joins the cast of Trial & Retribution in its fourth seriesRosamund joins the cast of Trial & Retribution in its fourth series

Many Hollywood A-listers began their careers with small roles in long-running British dramas. Ask Orlando Bloom, who appeared in one episode of Midsomer Murders, or Kate Winslet, who appeared in Casualty in her late teens.

Rosamund is no exception, playing a small role in the fourth series of ITV police drama Trial & Retribution, written by crime writer Lynda La Plante.

Promised Land (2004)

Rosamund Pike in the 2004 drama Promised LandRosamund Pike in the 2004 drama Promised Land

A more difficult venture for Rosamund came in 2004, when she landed the lead role in the French-Israeli film Promised Land, playing Rose, a British woman who helps trafficking victims in Eastern Europe.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the CinemamAvvenire Prize, the Cinema for Peace Prize.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice in 2005Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice in 2005

While Keira Knightley stole the show with her role as Elizabeth Bennet, the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice also starred Rosamund, who played her older sister, Jane Bennet.

The rest of the all-star cast includes Carey Mulligan, Tom Hollander and Dame Judi Dench – as well as Succession star Matthew Macfadyen, who was yet to have his international breakthrough moment before taking on the iconic role of Mr Darcy.

Catastrophe (2005)

Yep, Rosamund shared the screen with The Rock in 2005's DoomYep, Rosamund shared the screen with The Rock in 2005’s Doom

In contrast to the Regency era roles that were synonymous with her at this stage of her career, Rosamund starred in the cinematic adaptation of the computer game series Doom in the same year as Pride & Prejudice.

He plays scientist Dr. Samantha Grimm, the twin sister of marine John “Reaper” Grimm, or Doomguy (played by Karl Urban) is sent on a rescue mission to a facility on Mars and encounters a demon-like creature.

Dwayne Johnson, who is still credited in the film as “The Rock” also appears as squad leader Sarge.

Fracture (2007)

Ryan Gosling and Rosamund Pike in FractureRyan Gosling and Rosamund Pike in Fracture

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Psychological crime thriller Fracture came up next, in which Rosamund co-starred alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins and current man Ryan Gosling.

Fracture is often credited with being the role that brought Ryan into the mainstream, with Rosamund playing his boss and love interest, lawyer Nikki Gardner. Lucky him, to be honest.

An Education (2009)

Rosamund and former co-star Carey Mulligan reunite in An EducationRosamund and former co-star Carey Mulligan reunite in An Education

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Reuniting with her Pride & Prejudice co-star Carey Mulligan once again, Rosamund portrayed the role of Helen in An Education.

The film was nominated for three Oscars in 2010 – including a Best Actress nod for Carey – but Rosamund still shines as the dastardly girlfriend of Danny (Dominic Cooper), David Goldman’s (Peter Sarsgaard) partner in crime.

Barney Version (2010)

Rosamund Pike in Barney's VersionRosamund Pike in Barney’s Version

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In the same year that she was nominated for the BIFA Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Made In Dagenham, Rosamund was also cast in the comedy drama, Barney’s Version.

She played Miriam Grant-Panofsky, Barney’s (Paul Giamatti) third wife – who later married Blair (Bruce Greenwood).

The End of the World (2013)

Rosamund with Martin Freeman at The End of the WorldRosamund with Martin Freeman at The End of the World

Rosamund began working with her Die Another Day co-star Pierce Brosnan in 2013, when the pair acted in The World’s End.

In the apocalyptic sci-fi comedy, Rosamund plays the sister of Martin Freeman’s character, while Pierce plays the central trio’s old teacher.

The World’ End is the third and final installment in the so-called “Cornetto trilogy” written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, after Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).

What We Did On Vacation (2014)

David Tennant and Rosamund Pike star as an estranged couple who come together in What We Did On Our HolidayDavid Tennant and Rosamund Pike star as an estranged couple who come together in What We Did On Our Holiday

Overshadowed by her breakout performance as Amy Elliott Dunne in Gone Girl – which earned her bag of Best Actress nods at the Oscars, Golden Globes, and BAFTA – Rosamund also made other less commercially successful films in 2014.

What We Did On Our Holiday sees its star as a mother of three who reunites with her estranged husband (played by David Tennant) after a tense breakup, to travel to the Scottish Highlands to celebrate her father’s (Billy Connolly) 75th birthday year . The film is inspired by the popular BBC sitcom Outnumbered.

Thunderbirds Go (2015)

Lady Penelope as depicted in the Thunderbirds Are Go rebootLady Penelope as depicted in the Thunderbirds Are Go reboot

We end our list with perhaps the strangest role of Rosamund.

You’d be forgiven if you didn’t recognize her in this, as it’s actually a voice part, taking over the iconic role of Lady Penelope in the rebooted Thunderbirds series!

He also played Captain Ridley O’Bannon on the animated show, which he was on for five years before ending in 2020.

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