Keira Knightley
British actress
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress and model. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. Knightley had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and her first significant role came in The Hole (2001). She gained widespread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved international fame in 2003 as a result of her appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–07).
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Get Ready For A 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel
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An opera about Alan Turing of 'The Imitation Game' fame
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By Miles Harter, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, January 11, 2017 Theater can be entertaining, but it can also educate us about unfamiliar history. Two recent critically-acclaimed theatrical releases tell the exquisite and absorbing stories of three brilliant African American women who were influential in the early NASA space program (Hidden Figures), while another portrays the brave couple whose challenging of an archaic Virginia state law led to the 1967 Supreme Court decision overturning the prohibition of interracial marriage (Loving). A similarly marvelous biopic, The Imitation Game, released in 2014, helped advance the unfamiliar legacy of Alan Turing, the English computer scientist and cryptanalyst who helped end World War II in cracking German intelligence codes. Turing also was instrumental in developing theoretical computer science and the Turing machine, an early computer. Turing also happened to be gay. Several years after the war, authorities charged and convicted hi ...
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'SNL' Has Hillary Clinton Channel 'Love Actually' To Sway An Elector
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“Saturday Night Live” went all “Love Actually” for a politically charged holiday-themed skit this weekend. In an homage to the 2003 British movie’s classic “To Me, You’re Perfect” scene ― in which Andrew Lincoln’s character holds up cards to declare his unrequited love for Keira Knightley’s Juliet ― Kate McKinnon, playing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, tried to win over an elector. McKinnon-as-Clinton held up a seemingly never-ending set of cards to appeal to elector Cecily Strong and convince her to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump when the Electoral College casts its votes Monday. ”You’re supposed to vote for Donald Trump,” reads one of the cards, which is subsequently followed by ones saying “But Bish” and “He Cray.” Check out the full segment above, and see the movie’s original scene below: type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5856304ee4b08debb789880e,5 ...
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'SNL' Has Hillary Clinton Channel 'Love Actually' To Sway An Elector
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“Saturday Night Live” went all “Love Actually” for a politically charged holiday-themed skit this weekend. In an homage to the 2003 British movie’s classic “To Me, You’re Perfect” scene ― in which Andrew Lincoln’s character holds up cards to declare his unrequited love for Keira Knightley’s Juliet ― Kate McKinnon, playing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, tried to win over an elector. McKinnon-as-Clinton held up a seemingly never-ending set of cards to appeal to elector Cecily Strong and convince her to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump when the Electoral College casts its votes Monday. ”You’re supposed to vote for Donald Trump,” reads one of the cards, which is subsequently followed by ones saying “But Bish” and “He Cray.” Check out the full segment above, and see the movie’s original scene below: type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=5856304ee4b08debb789880e,5 ...
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‘Passengers’ and ‘Collateral Beauty’ End 2016 With Interesting Ideas Gone Very, Very Wrong
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Movie lovers tend to rejoice around the holidays, when the annual surplus of so-called prestige films floods theaters ahead of January’s Oscar nominations. Of course, not everything can twinkle. Each winter produces a few misfires, but they’re usually not as strange as “Collateral Beauty” and “Passengers,” two of 2016’s final major-studio releases. It’s hard to discuss “Collateral Beauty” and “Passengers” without mentioning spoilers. But nothing I’m going to talk about should constitute spoilers. Both trailers obscured their movies’ inciting events because they are weird and problematic. What some might call “twists” are actually the crux of these plots. (But if you’re still concerned about “spoilers,” you might want to stop reading this.) “Passengers,” which opens Dec. 21, has kept a fairly high profile all year, largely because it’s headlined by charisma machines Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. In 2007, Jon Spaihts’ script became a hot item on the Black List, an annual ros ...
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Keira Knightley's baby used this four-letter expletive when Trump won the US election
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Parents often chastise their children when they swear but Keira Knightley has admitted that she was "proud" when her 19-month-old daughter said "f**k" because it was an appropriate reaction to Donald Trump's presidential victory. During her appearance on the Christmas special episode The Jonathan Ross show, due to air on 10 December, the Hollywood actress revealed that Edie has added the four-letter expletive to her vocabulary and made her feelings known after the mogul secured the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Knightley, who married Klaxons singer James Righton in a small ceremony in Provence, France in spring 2013, welcomed her daughter in May 2015.
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Keira Knightley 'scared' to go outside
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A stalker who made meowing noises through Keira Knightley’s letterbox left her terrified to go out, a court heard.
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30 Beautiful Baby Names For Girls That Aren't Overdone
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There are many ways to gauge a baby name’s popularity. Nameberry maintains the Nameberry Top 1000 Names list, based on the individual name pages that receive the most visitors.  Our top 1000 list may resemble the U.S. Social Security Administration’s top 1000 names list ― everybody loves Charlotte ― but a number of the most popular names on Nameberry will surely surprise. Especially the ones that don’t even crack the U.S. top 1000. What names do Nameberry fans love right now? Here are 30 examples for baby name inspiration: 1. Amara Nameberry Rank: 57 U.S. Rank: 461  Amara means “grace” in Igbo, though it also has meaning in Sanskrit, Mongolian, Italian, and even Esperanto. It’s a multicultural name that would wear well almost anywhere in the world. It’s catching on in the U.K. 2. Zara Nameberry Rank: 74 U.S. Rank: 402 Zara feels like a just-add-Z twist on Sara, but it likely has Arabic roots, as well as ties to literature and a Gilbert and Sullivan opere ...
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11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
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The iPhone 7 may be the biggest thing happening in tech this week, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have new movie trailers to check out. In fact, there are 11 new clips you should see, including trailers that are our first glimpse at brand-new movies. DON’T MISS: Everything you need to know about preordering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Collateral Beauty Will Smith is a dad who loses his daughter in Collateral Beauty . He starts writing letters to objects and concepts like Death and Time. The movie opens on December 16th and has an amazing cast. Joining Smith are Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Edward Norton, and Michael Pena. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxaeSw7_i2c Free Fire Free Fire launches only next year, but it’s definitely a title to jot down. We’re looking at a complicated standoff between some dangerous people. Free Fire launches at some point in 2017, though a release date isn’t available yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDD3I0uOlqY Goat We ...
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25 Famous Women on Body Image
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(Photo: Getty Images, BFA) By Julie Ma It's never been easy for women to deal with ever-mutating standards of female beauty. But in the golden age of social media, where anonymous troll armies roam the internet, body-shaming people on whim, dealing with these standards has reached a whole new level of crazy -- and nobody understands the pressures more than those who live in the public eye. Everyone from Olympic athletes to first daughters has been put through the wringer. In March, President Obama even commented on the issue, telling Time, "I mean when you're a dad of two daughters you notice more ... the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way. And being cute in a certain way. And are you wearing the right clothes? And is your hair done the right way ... it's part and parcel of a broader way in which we socialize and press women to constantly doubt themselves or define themselves in terms of a certain appearance." Related: 30 ...
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Keira Knightley Gets Refreshingly Real About Losing Her Hair
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Keira Knightley is known for her stunning natural beauty on the big screen and the red carpet. But when it comes to her haircare routine, it isn’t always so natural. And for her, there’s zero shame in that game. “I have dyed my hair virtually every color imaginable for different films. It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head!” Knightley told InStyle UK in a recent interview. “So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.” We always applaud showing off natural hair, but it’s also refreshing when one of our style role models reveals her true haircare struggles. And wig or not, Knightley’s gorgeous hairstyles over the years prove she certainly knows what she’s doing.  Here’s an assortment of photos from throughout Knightley’s career, both pre-wig and during the wig era. Can you spot if any of these looks are wigs? We sure can’t. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffingto ...
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Romantic Comedies Teach Women That Stalking Is A Compliment
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There’s a long list of reasons to love romantic comedies. The triumph of true love. The frantic run through the airport. The getting-dressed-for-a-big-date montage. There are lots of reasons to hate the genre, too. It’s so white, so heteronormative, so predictable, and so hellbent on convincing us that genetically gifted, gorgeous women are actually homely hags in need of a makeover. And now there’s another reason to be wary: A new study suggests watching romantic comedies makes women more likely to tolerate stalking in real life. The study, published recently in Communication Research, found that participants who watched movies in which men’s “persistent pursuit” of women was depicted as romantic -- as it so often is in rom coms -- were more likely to subscribe to stalking myths. Stalking myths are the misconceptions that underpin our conventional wisdom about the crime. They include ideas like "many alleged stalking victims are actually people who played hard to get and chang ...
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Where Hollywood A-Listers Hang Out During Sundance in Park City
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Chances are your favorite indie movie of all time -- whether that'd be Reservoir Dogs, Garden State, Memento, Heathers, Tangerine, or American Psycho -- had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Founded by Robert Redford, this venerable indie film fest attracts not only up-and-coming filmmakers but a slew of Hollywood heavyweights. Want to know what's Javier Bardem's favorite Italian restaurant in Park City or where Ryan Gosling goes skiing? During Sundance, the quaint but fabulous ski resort town of Park City becomes a satellite hotspot for A-listers. And 2016 won't be the exception. This year's festival, which kicks off on January 21, will premiere movies starring boldface-names like Julianne Moore, Paul Rudd, Anna Kendrick, Ewan McGregor, Ellen Page, Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez. Here's where in Park City you might happen upon them. Checking in at the Sundance host hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, could result in seeing Anne Hathaway waltz in. This l ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keira Knightley
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 30
    In September 2016 Knightley co-hosted A Night to Remember, part of the Green Carpet Challenge, a charity event highlighting sustainability within the fashion industry.
    More Details Hide Details Knightley has been nominated twice for an Academy Award; in 2006 for Best Actress for Pride and Prejudice and in 2015 for Best Supporting Actress for The Imitation Game.
    On September 12 2016, Knightley, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Jesse Eisenberg, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis.
    More Details Hide Details The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.
    In June 2016 Knightley appeared in a video for We Are Europe aimed at getting younger people to vote in the UK EU Referendum.
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    In May 2016, Knightley signed a letter imploring Britain to vote to remain in the upcoming UK EU Referendum.
    More Details Hide Details The letter was also signed by John Le Carre, Benedict Cumberbatch and Danny Boyle among others.
    In 2016 it was announced that Knightley will play the Sugar Plum Fairy in an adaptation of The Nutcracker titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
    More Details Hide Details Knightley is set to star alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Aftermath, a film adaption of the novel by Rhidian Brook. Knightley has been described by press reports as "famously open with media", although Knightley herself has stated "I don't talk about my private life." Knightley has appeared many times in FHMs 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. Ranked No. 79 in 2004, she climbed to No. 18 in 2005, and was named "the sexiest woman in the world" in 2006. In 2007, she was 12th, 10th in 2008, and came in 36th in 2009. The US edition ranked her No. 54 in 2004, No. 11 in 2005, and No. 5 in 2006. In May 2006, she was No. 9 on Maxims 2006 Hot 100. Knightley appeared nude, along with Scarlett Johansson, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's March 2006 "Hollywood" issue.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 29
    In October 2015, Knightley made her Broadway debut playing the title role in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance received mixed reviews. The Guardian's Alexis Soloski wrote that Knightley "seems oddly flat" While Alexandra Villarreal of The Huffington Post wrote "Keira Knightley brilliantly embodies this tormented monster... For the first 30 minutes, Knightley barely talks... but her performance is more immediate than any words.” Knightley is set to star in drama Collateral Beauty alongside Will Smith, Helen Mirren and Kate Winslet. The film will be released in December 2016. Knightley will play the title role in biopic Colette. The film will be directed by Wash Westmoreland and released in 2017.
    In 2015, Knightley appeared as part of an ensemble cast in disaster movie Everest.
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    In October 2015, Knightley made her Broadway debut in the title role of Thérèse Raquin.
    More Details Hide Details Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England, the daughter of Sharman Macdonald, an actress turned playwright, and Will Knightley, an actor. Her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh descent, while her father is English. She was meant to be named "Kiera", after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her. She has an older brother, Caleb. Knightley lived in Richmond, attending Stanley Junior School, Teddington School and Esher College. She requested an agent at the age of three. At six it was noticed that she was dyslexic but by eleven, with her parents' support and much tuition, Knightley says "they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently", though she is still a slow reader and can not sight-read. Knightley has noted that she was "single-minded about acting" during her childhood. She performed in a number of local amateur productions, which included After Juliet, written by her mother, and United States, written by her drama teacher, Ian McShane. She focused on art, history, and English literature while at Esher, but left after a year to focus on her acting.
  • 2014
    Age 28
    She then appeared again with her Atonement co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 historical drama film The Imitation Game, playing Joan Clarke opposite Cumberbatch's Alan Turing.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance, she received a second Academy Award nomination, for Supporting Actress.
    Also in 2014, she starred opposite Mark Ruffalo in Begin Again, and although she plays a singer-songwriter, she revealed in July that music doesn't "sink in" for her, and she is more interested in books and drama.
    More Details Hide Details Knightley also referred to the end of a chapter of her career, which the Guardian described as "mired in neurotic roles".
    Knightley's first film of 2014 premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, prior to its US general-release opening on 24 October.
    More Details Hide Details Titled Laggies, the film also stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, and is directed by Lynn Shelton. Shortly afterward, the London, UK, premiere of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, in which Knightley plays Cathy Muller alongside Chris Pine, was held at the end of January.
  • 2012
    Age 26
    In May 2012, Knightley was cast to replace Scarlett Johansson in director John Carney's Begin Again, after Johansson withdrew due to personal reasons.
    More Details Hide Details The film was released in 2013.
    In 2012, she appeared with Steve Carell in the dramedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
    More Details Hide Details During the same year, she reunited with director Joe Wright to film their third production together, Anna Karenina, in which she starred as the title character. She has named her collaboration with Wright as the most important of her career. Knightley garnered positive reviews for her performance, prompting early Oscar buzz.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    In February 2011 Knightley began dating musician James Righton, of Klaxons, and on 4 May 2013 they were married in Mazan, Vaucluse in the south of France.
    More Details Hide Details They have a daughter named Edie, who was born in London in May 2015. In July 2006, Knightley said she has become a workaholic, suggesting that she would take a years break from acting to travel and focus on her personal life. Speaking to the press in July 2014, Knightley explained that she felt like she had reached the end of the first stage of her career, and the 2014 film Begin Again was like "it's beginning again." Knightley is an atheist. Knightley is the face of an Amnesty International campaign to support human rights, marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2004, she travelled to Ethiopia alongside Richard Curtis, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Julian Metcalfe on behalf of the Comic Relief charity. She posed for photos for WaterAid in 2005 and also for the American Library Association's "Read" campaign (a promotional poster of Pride & Prejudice). The dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards was donated to the charity Oxfam, where it raised £4,300.
    Knightley's only film of 2011 was David Cronenberg's historical drama A Dangerous Method, co-starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel. Based on writer Christopher Hampton's 2002 stage play The Talking Cure and set on the eve of World War I, the film depicts the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein.
    More Details Hide Details Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young psychoanalyst who comes between Jung and Freud, is played by Knightley. The costume film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival to a positive reception, while Knightley earned generally favourable reviews by critics, Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com noting her "the real star of this film".
  • 2010
    Age 24
    Also in 2010, she starred in London Boulevard with Colin Farrell, written by William Monahan.
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    In 2010, Knightley appeared in Massy Tadjedin's romantic drama Last Night, in which she co-starred with Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington and Guillaume Canet.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Knightley completed work on an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian novel Never Let Me Go with Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan. Filming took place in Norfolk and Clevedon in Somerset.
  • 2009
    Age 23
    In December 2009, Knightley made her West End debut in Martin Crimp's version of Molière's comedy The Misanthrope, at the Comedy Theatre in London alongside Damian Lewis, Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan.
    More Details Hide Details Reviews for her portrayal of Jennifer in the play were generally positive. The Daily Telegraph described her performance as revealing "both power and poignancy" and The Independent called her performance "not only strikingly convincing but, at times, rather thrilling in its satiric aplomb." The Guardian, however, noted that due to the nature of the role "one could say that she is not unduly stretched." In recognition of her theatre debut, Knightley was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the play. Knightley also received an Evening Standard Award nomination (longlist) for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress.
  • 2008
    Age 22
    In 2008, Knightley appeared alongside Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys in John Maybury's The Edge of Love, a fictional wartime drama about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, his wife Caitlin Macnamara, childhood friend Vera Williams, and her romance and marriage with a British soldier.
    More Details Hide Details Penned by Knightley's mother, Sharman Macdonald, the playwright initially crafted the screenplay with Knightley as Macnamara in her mind. Once her daughter agreed to portray Williams, Macdonald enlarged the character, making her a singer. Knightley, who watched Marlene Dietrich films for preparation, was expecting to mime to her prerecorded voice, but was told by Maybury to sing live in front of the crew while shooting. "I was shaking like a leaf," Knightley later commented, "I thought my knees were going to buckle. In the first couple of songs, I sounded like a pubescent boy, it was so embarrassing." While the actress received positive reviews for her role, the film became a moderate critical and commercial arthouse success. She then filmed Saul Dibb's The Duchess (2008), based on the best-selling biography Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman, in which she played 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire opposite Ralph Fiennes. Well received by critics, Knightley garnered largely positive reviews by critics, with The Epoch Times writing "Knightley's performance gains new depth – she not only perfectly portrays a witty and feminine Georgiana early in the film, but also a caring mother, and an abandoned woman later on." The following year, she was nominated for a BIFA Award for Best Actress for her performance.
  • 2007
    Age 21
    Knightley starred in three major films in 2007: Silk, an adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baricco, Atonement, a feature film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name (co-starring James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was released in May 2007.
    More Details Hide Details For her performance in Atonement, Knightley was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Dramatic Actress category for the role, as well as a BAFTA Award. Critic Richard Roeper was puzzled by both Knightley's and McAvoy's Academy Award snubs, stating "I thought McAvoy and Knightley were superb."
  • 2006
    Age 20
    Her biggest financial hit thus far, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, was released in July 2006.
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    In 2006, Knightley was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    She was in a relationship with Pride & Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend from 2005 until December 2010.
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    She appeared in three films in 2005, the first of which was The Jacket, alongside Adrien Brody.
    More Details Hide Details She next appeared in Tony Scott's Domino, an action film based on the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey. The film has been Knightley's greatest critical flop to date. Pride & Prejudice was released in 2005. Knightley had loved the book since she was seven, and with her first cheque for acting she bought a doll's house of the hero's mansion. She said of her character, "The beauty of Elizabeth is that every woman who ever reads the book seems to recognise herself, with all her faults and imperfections. If you give an actress who is even remotely good the chance to play a fantastic character like that, they are going to revel in it." Variety wrote about her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet: "Looking every bit a star, Knightley, who's shown more spirit than acting smarts so far in her career, really steps up to the plate here, holding her own against the more classically trained Matthew Macfadyen, as well as vets like Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Penelope Wilton and Judi Dench with a luminous strength that recalls a young Audrey Hepburn. More than the older Jennifer Ehle in the TV series, she catches Elizabeth's essential skittishness and youthful braggadocio, making her final conversion all the more moving." The film grossed more than US$100 million worldwide, and Knightley earned a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nomination (the Oscar ultimately went to Reese Witherspoon).
  • 2004
    Age 18
    In the same month, Knightley was voted by readers of Hello magazine as the film industry's most promising teen star. Additionally, TIME magazine noted in a 2004 feature that Knightley seemed dedicated to developing herself as a serious actress rather than a film star.
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    Her next film, King Arthur, opened in July 2004 to negative reviews; in preparation for the role she took boxing, fighting, archery and horseriding lessons for four days a week for three months.
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  • 2003
    Age 17
    From 2003 to 2005 she dated actor Jamie Dornan.
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    Knightley had a role in the British romantic comedy Love Actually, which opened in November 2003, which co-starred her childhood idol Emma Thompson.
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  • 2002
    Age 16
    Knightley's breakthrough role was in the football-themed film Bend It Like Beckham, which was a success in its August 2002 UK release, grossing US$18 million, and in its March 2003 U.S. release, grossing US$32 million. After Bend It Like Beckhams UK release raised her profile, Knightley was cast in the big-budget action film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, along with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, it opened in July 2003 to positive reviews and high box office grosses, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2003 and cementing Knightley as the new "It" girl.
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    She appeared in the miniseries adaptation of Doctor Zhivago as Lara, alongside Scottish actor Hans Matheson in the title role, which first aired in 2002 to good reviews and high ratings.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she also performed in the film Pure, in which she portrays a pregnant teenager who is a heroin addict and had a child taken by social services.
  • 2001
    Age 15
    Knightley was in a relationship with actor Del Synnott from 2001 to 2003, whom she met during the filming of Princess of Thieves.
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    Knightley's first starring role was in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in the made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature Princess of Thieves.
    More Details Hide Details She trained for several weeks in archery, fencing and horse riding. During this time, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States. Its director Nick Hamm described her as "a young version of Julie Christie".
  • 1999
    Age 13
    Knightley appeared in several television films in the mid-to-late 1990s—as well as ITV1's The Bill—before being cast as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
    More Details Hide Details Sabé's dialogue was dubbed over with Natalie Portman's voice. This was to hide the fact that the handmaiden Padmé (played by Portman) was actually disclosed as the real Queen Amidala at the end of the film. Knightley was cast in the role because of her close resemblance to Portman; even the two actresses' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when the girls were in full makeup.
    Later in 1999, she appeared as Rose in Oliver Twist.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1996
    Age 10
    She was a princess in the 1996 film The Treasure Seekers.
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  • 1995
    Age 9
    She later starred in 1995's Innocent Lies and 1998's Coming Home.
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    She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole (2001). She gained widespread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved international fame in 2003 after appearing as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Knightley became known for starring in period dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005), for which she earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress; Atonement (2007), for which she was nominated again for a Golden Globe; Silk (2007); The Duchess (2008); A Dangerous Method (2011); and Anna Karenina (2012). She has also appeared in a variety of other genres, including the romantic comedy Love Actually (2003), as Guinevere in the historical action King Arthur (2004), the psychological thriller The Jacket (2005), biographical action Domino (2005), the historical drama The Edge of Love (2008), the film noir London Boulevard (2010), the dystopian science fiction Never Let Me Go (2010), the romantic drama Last Night (2010), and the dark comedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).
  • 1993
    Age 7
    After getting an agent at six, Knightley worked mostly in commercials and small TV roles. Her first role was "Little Girl" in Royal Celebration, a 1993 TV film.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, she had a small role in the film A Village Affair.
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on March 26, 1985.
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