Date of Birth : Oct 1st 1981
English film actor. He was named “outstanding new talent” at the 2005 Satellite Awards.
His most famous role is arguably as Mr. Wickham in the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. He also appeared opposite Johnny Depp in The Libertine, as Billy Downs, a young friend and lover of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, the character played by Depp. Friend is known to have read for the part of James Bond in Casino Royale (2006).
More recently, he appeared opposite Dame Joan Plowright in Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
He stars in the forthcoming film The Black Death and in 2009 will work on The Kid, based on the novel by Kevin Lewis
Friend grew up in Stonesfield, Oxfordshire and attended The Marlborough School in Woodstock. He moved to take A-levels at the Cherwell School and d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford. He trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
Friend is dating actress Keira Knightley, whom he met on the set of Pride and Prejudice.