The partner of Hollywood actress Rosamund Pike has been disqualified as a company director after he failed to pay nearly £200,000 to the taxman.
Robie Uniacke, 57, who is the father of the Gone Girl star’s two children, has been banned from being a company director for four years after admitting a number of offenses following an investigation into the collapse of his company Pale Fire.
Details of Mr Uniacke’s disqualification, who is 18 years Pike’s senior, come as her new film Entebbe, about the iconic 1976 rescue of hostages in Uganda by Israeli special forces, hits UK cinemas.
Ms Pike, 39, first found Hollywood fame when she was 23 alongside Pierce Brosnan in the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day – and went on to star opposite Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck.
Robie Uniacke (left), the partner of Hollywood actress Rosamund Pike (right) has been disqualified as a company director after he failed to pay nearly £200,000 to the taxman
Mr Uniacke, 57, has been banned from being a company director for four years after admitting a number of offences following an investigation into the collapse of his company Pale Fire
Details of Mr Uniacke’s disqualification, who is 18 years Pike’s senior and the father of her two children, come as her new film called Entebbe hits UK cinema screens next week
The actress, educated at the private Badminton School and Wadham College, Oxford, is believed to have started seeing Uniacke in around 2008 around the time he wound up three of his companies.
She said she was drawn to him because he was ‘the most interesting person I’ve ever come across’ and dismissed sceptics who think that a woman ‘goes for an older man because you think you’re less likely to be left by him.’
She has also credited him for helping her career, once stating: ‘I have a very clever partner who’s got a very astute mind and is very, very well read and articulate and ruthless about how something I do might play out on screen.
‘My tendency is to identify with a character and imagine there is more on the page than there is. He’s quite good at putting a check on that.’
Ms Pike, educated at the private Badminton School and Wadham College, Oxford, is believed to have started seeing Uniacke in 2008 around the time he wound up three of his companies
Mr Uniacke’s firm Pale Fire Ltd, an IT consultancy, was declared insolvent and subsequently dissolved in 2016 and the liquidator’s report states the account was overdrawn by £133,000
However the news that her Eton educated partner has been banned as a company director is likely to come as a considerable embarrassment to Pike, who has a number of new films being released after focusing on their children Solo and Atom in recent years.
Mr Uniacke’s company Pale Fire Ltd, which was an IT consultancy incorporated in 2010, was declared insolvent and subsequently dissolved in 2016 and the liquidator’s report states his account was overdrawn by £133,000.
The report states that the businessman had no income and no assets but his offer of £25,000 ‘in full and final settlement of the overdrawn…account…by a third party’ was accepted by the liquidator.
As part of the disqualification process, Mr Uniacke was obliged to set out and sign a ‘schedule of unfit conduct’ in which he admitted that ‘I failed to ensure that Pale Fire complied with its statutory obligations…and caused Pale to trade to the detriment of HMRC’ on VAT and corporation tax.
He also admitted that no payments were made to HMRC after July 2012 despite the fact that over the next two years £260,508 was deposited into his account, which then paid out £268,728.
The actress’s partner admitted that £144,060 went to himself, £10,514 on mobile phones, and £25,154 on other payments and bank charges. He ended up owing a total of £179,602 to HMRC.
The couple have a £2.3m house in Islington, north London, which they share with their sons Solo and Atom.
Despite Pike’s glittering Hollywood career, her private life has been beset by bad luck.
Her first love was actor Simon Woods, but they parted ways after he started to doubt his sexuality
The actress was engaged to director Joe Wright, but he jilted her after she sent out ‘save the date’ cards
Her relationship with film director Joe Wright ended after an alleged fall out over ‘pre-wedding postcards.’
She fared no better with her first love Simon Woods, whom she split with after two years when he decided that he was gay.
Mr Uniacke has a complicated relationship history. He married Emma Howard, the daughter of the late Earl of Carlisle, in 1983, when he was just 22 and she was 30.
They had a son but were subsequently both treated for heroin addiction and the marriage was over in a few years.
He then married interior designer Rose Batstone and they had three children.
The HMRC refused to comment and a spokesman for Rosamund Pike did not respond to a series of questions.
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