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Keira Knightley - Biography, Photo, Wallpapers

Biography of British actress Keira Knightley known for the Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, The Imitation Game, Anna Karenina and Collateral Beauty. Movies, Wallpapers and photos with Keira Knightley.

Keira Knightley: Biography
Keira Knightley
Date of Birth:
March 26, 1985
Place of Birth:

Pixie-ish British actress Keira Knightley went from a relative unknown to a blockbuster leading lady after 2002's sleeper soccer flick Bend It Like Beckham caught on with an international audience. Born in Teddington, London, England, in 1985, young Knightley was enticed by the lure of cinema at an early age. Playwright mother Sharman McDonald and actor father Will Knightley were at first reluctant to let their daughter follow them into show business. Although they would accommodate her wish three years later, their strict demand that their daughter study through school holidays and only take jobs that didn't interfere with her education ensured that Keira would keep her priorities straight.

Trained in dance from an early age, Knightley made her film debut when she was 12 in Moira Armstrong's romantic drama A Village Affair. Gradually climbing the credits with subsequent roles in Innocent Lies (1995) and the made-for-TV features Treasure Seekers (1996) and Coming Home (1998), she got her first big break when cast as the decoy queen in the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Knightley resembled the actual queen (portrayed by Natalie Portman) so much that her mother couldn't distinguish the two and some fans still insist both were portrayed by Portman.

Returning to non-decoy status for the television miniseries Oliver Twist (2000), Knightley stayed with the small screen as Robin Hood's daughter in the 2001 adventure Princess of Thieves. Although audiences would truly begin to take note of her talent in the thriller The Hole that same year, her star-making turn in the sleeper comedy drama Bend It Like Beckham endeared her to audiences everywhere and ultimately served as her breakthrough starring role. Playing the best friend to Parminder K. Nagra, Knightley proved that she could turn what might have been little more than a noteworthy supporting role into a truly spunky, scene-stealing performance.

As Lara Antipova in the 2002 miniseries Doctor Zhivago, Knightley gracefully slipped into a role that was previously made famous by Julie Christie, and the timeless romantic drama proved a hit with U.K. television viewers. With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, however, the actress was catapulted into an entirely new realm of popularity. Opposite Johnny Depp's truly eccentric portrayal of pirate Jack Sparrow, Knightley charmed as the beautiful young maiden whose blood may hold the key to life for a group of undead pirates.

While King Arthur (2004) and Domino (2005) were high-profile flops, Knightley's status as a movie-star on both sides of the pond was firmly cemented in early 2006 when she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2005's Pride & Prejudice. 2006 also saw the release of the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which was shot back-to-back with the franchise's third entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was scheduled for release in 2007. In the meantime, Knightley forged ahead on the period drama Silk, opposite Michael Pitt.

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Keira Knightley: Filmography

2018    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms ...Sugar Plum Fairy (filming)
2018    The Aftermath  ... Rachael Morgan (completed)
2018    Berlin, I Love You (post-production)
2018    Colette (post-production)    ...Colette
2017    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales    ... Elizabeth Swann
2017    Red Nose Day Actually    ... Juliet (TV Short)
2016    Collateral Beauty    ... Aimee Moore
2015    Everest    ... Jan Hall
2014    The Imitation Game     ... Joan Clarke
2014    Laggies    ... Megan
2014    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit     ... Cathy Muller
2013    Begin Again    ... Gretta
2013    Once Upon a Time... (Video)    ... Gabrielle Chanel
2012    Anna Karenina    ... Anna Karenina
2012    Stars in Shorts    ... Woman
2012    Stars in Shorts    ... Woman
2012    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World     ... Penny
2011    Neverland (TV)    ... Tinker Bell
2011    A Dangerous Method     ... Sabina Spielrein
2010    Steve    ... Woman
2010    Never Let Me Go     ... Ruth
2010    Last Night    ... Joanna
2010    London Boulevard     ... Charlotte
2009    The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers    ... The Fairy
2008    The Edge of Love     ... Vera Phillips
2008    The Duchess - Ducesa    ... Georgiana
2008    Looking Over: The Edge of Love (Video)    ... Vera Phillips
2007    Atonement ... Cecilia Tallis
2007    Bloopers of the Caribbean (Video)    ... Elizabeth Swann
2007    Silk     ... Hélène Joncour
2007    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End     ... Elizabeth Swann
2007    Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (TV)    ... Em (voce)
2006    Bloopers of the Caribbean (Video)    ... Elizabeth Swann
2006    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest     ... Elizabeth Swann
2006    Pride & Prejudice: Alternate US Ending (Video)    ... Elizabeth Bennet
2005    Pride & Prejudice      ... Elizabeth Bennet
2005    Domino    ... Domino Harvey
2005    The Jacket     ... Jackie Price
2004    King Arthur     ... Guinevere
2003    Blooper Reel (Video)    ... Elizabeth Swann
2003    Love Actually     ... Juliet
2003    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl     ... Elizabeth Swann
2003    Gaijin    ... Kate (voce)
2002    Pure    ... Louise
2002    Doctor Zhivago  (TV)    ... Lara Antipova
2002    Bend It Like Beckham     ... Juliette 'Jules' Paxton
2002    Thunderpants    ... Music School Student
2002    The Seasons Alter    ... Helena
2002    New Year's Eve    ... Leah
2001    Princess of Thieves  (TV)    ... Gwyn
2001    The Hole    ... Frankie
2001    Deflation    ... Jogger
1999    Oliver Twist    ... Rose Fleming
1999    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace     ... Sabé
1997    Coming Home  (TV)    ... Young Judith
1996    The Treasure Seekers (TV)    ... The Princess
1995    Innocent Lies    ... Young Celia
1994    A Village Affair    ... Natasha Jordan
1985    Screen One (TV Series)    ... Angela
1984    The Bill (TV Series)    ... Sheena Rose

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