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Date of Birth : Jan 28th 1979

English actress, best known for her portrayals of Bond villainess Miranda Frost in Die Another Day and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.

Pike is the only child of Caroline and Julian Pike, both musical performers. She attended Badminton School in Bristol before studying English Literature at Wadham College, Oxford. While there, she became friends with Chelsea Clinton, and studied under both Bernard O’Donoghue, the Whitbread prize-winning poet, and Robert J.C. Young, the eminent post-colonial theorist. An able student, she achieved a First Class in her first year examinations (known as Moderations) and, after taking a year off to pursue her career, returned to complete her degree in 2001, gaining an Upper Second.

She garnered stage experience in student productions, including David Hare’s Skylight, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and several plays by Shakespeare. While appearing in a production of Romeo and Juliet at the National Youth Theatre, she was noticed by an agent who helped her embark upon a professional career.

She is a skilled cellist and speaks fluent German and French. She currently lives in the West End and is engaged to director Joe Wright, following a relationship with Pride and Prejudice co-star Simon Woods, whom she met at university. Pike and Wright will marry sometime in 2008.


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