English actor Rupert Friend is known for becoming the character he is portraying during the film, and we’re seeing this transformation through the credibility and diversity of the roles he plays. His portrayal of Peter Quinn, stoic black ops agent in Homeland (2012-13), exudes a quiet confidence that hooks viewers in an understated yet powerful way, with little need for spoken words. Not an easy feat for any actor.
Friend plays more recent role as Oliver, a prison inmate whose son is incarcerated in the same facility, creates a similar psychological effect for viewers. Friend’s performance is powerful in a very commanding and low-key display of emotional control and toughness in Starred Up (2013).
Rupert’s first film was The Libertine (2004), in which he played the character Billy Downs, lover to Johnny Depp’s character John Wilmot, and this performance helped him to achieve industry acclaim as outstanding talent at the 2005 Satellite Awards (2005). He seemed to hit the ground running towards success. This was followed by his role as Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice (2005), Renzo Daverio in The Moon and Stars (2007) and Demetrius in The Last Legion (2007).
Rupert is currently working on an upcoming film titled Meet Me in Montenegro (2014), which is in the post-production phase. Friend plays the part of Stephen in a comedic film with a plot about an unsuccessful American writer who meets, and falls in love with a dancer. No spoiler alerts on this one, we’ll just have to wait and see, but with high expectation.