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Rupert Friend

Rupert Friend can be seen as the starring role Agent 47 in the film HITMAN: AGENT 47. Directed by Aleksander Bach, Friend will co-star alongside Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware, and Ciarán Hinds in this film about an assassin who teams up with a woman to help her find her father, and uncover the mysteries of her ancestry.

In 2016, Friend is set to direct, write, and star in BARTON & CHARLIE & CHECCO & BILL. Co-starring alongside Emily Blunt, Friend will play Barton in this film that follows a down-on-his-luck con-artist, who meets a woman with whom he offers to teach the tricks of his trade; she quickly turns the tables on him, and they embark on a road trip, along with a 10-year old Mexican boy, where they are pursued by a Confederate newspaper mogul.

Friend's first professional role was opposite Johnny Depp and John Malkovich in THE LIBERTINE, followed by his role as Mr. Wickham in the 2005 adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE with Keira Knightley, and directed by Joe Wright.

In 2008, Friend appeared in THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS with Vera Farmiga and David Thewlis, and in 2009 starred alongside Emily Blunt in THE YOUNG VICTORIA directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Later that year, Friend went on to play the title role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Steven Frears' CHERI.

Most recently in 2013, Friend co-stared as Oliver Baumer in STARRED UP, directed by David Mackenzie; the film was nominated for eight British Independent Film Awards. Also in 2013, Friend played the role of 'Stephen' in Meet Me In Montenegro, directed by Sundance-winning director Alex Holdridge.  

Friend started his stage career in the acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe production of KASSANDRA and followed that with the London West End Production of THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, directed by Jamie Lloyd, and co-starred Gemma Arterton and Tamsin Grieg. Friend also received rave reviews for his 2012 performance in Dennis Potter's BRIMSTONE & TREACLE at The Arcola Theatre in London. Friend trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He was named Outstanding New Talent at the 2005 Satellite Awards and has been nominated twice at the British Independent Film awards, first for Best Newcomer in 2005 (THE LIBERTINE) and then for Best Supporting Actor (STARRED UP) in 2013. He was nominated in 2012 and again in 2013 as part of the Best Ensemble Cast (HOMELAND) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as individually for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama at the 2013 Emmy Awards.

Rupert Friend is also a writer, producer, director and lyricist. He co-wrote and produced the short film THE CONTINUING AND LAMENTABLE SAGA OF THE SUICIDE BROTHERS, which won Best Comedy at The New Hampshire Film Festival in 2009. He went on to write, direct, and produce STEVE starring Colin Firth, for which he was awarded the Rhode Island Flicker Film Festival's Crystal Vision award. Friend recently wrote the lyrics for the MOBO award-winning UK group Kairos 4tet on their album EVERYTHING WE HOLD, which was named one of The Observer's Hidden Gems of 2013.