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Keira Knightley

1985-03-26 Teddington, London, England, UK

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Keira Christina Knightley (born 26 March 1985) is an English actress. She has starred in both independent films and big-budget blockbusters, and is particularly noted for her roles in period dramas. Her accolades include two Empire Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award and one Laurence Olivier Award. Knightley was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. Born in London to actors Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald, Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials and television films. She appeared as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's handmaiden, in science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Knightley had a break-through role portraying a tomboy footballer in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). She achieved global stardom with her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann in fantasy swashbuckler series Pirates of the Caribbean. In the same year, she appeared in the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually (2003) and was labelled a promising teen star. For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 20, she became the third-youngest Best Actress nominee at the time. Knightley starred in a series of further period pieces, portraying a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in Anna Karenina (2012). She then forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing as an aspiring musician in Begin Again (2013) and a medical student in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Knightley returned to historical films by playing cryptoanalyst Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game (2014), earning her a second round of Academy Award and BAFTA nominations, and starred as the eponymous belle époque writer in Colette (2018) to critical acclaim. On stage, Knightley has appeared in two West End productions: The Misanthrope in 2009, which earned her an Olivier Award nomination, and The Children's Hour in 2011. She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin. Knightley is known for her outspoken stance on social issues, and has worked extensively with Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Comic Relief. She is married to musician James Righton, with whom she has two daughters.


Boston Strangler Loretta McLaughlin 2023-03-17
Charlotte Charlotte Salomon (voice) 2022-04-22
Silent Night Nell 2021-12-03
Misbehaviour Sally Alexander 2020-03-12
The Aftermath Rachael Morgan 2019-03-01
Official Secrets Katharine Gun 2019-08-30
Berlin, I Love You Jane 2019-02-08
Colette Colette 2018-09-21
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Sugar Plum Fairy 2018-10-26
Red Nose Day Actually Juliet 2017-03-24
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Elizabeth Swann 2017-05-23
Collateral Beauty Amy Moore 2016-12-06
Everest Jan Arnold 2015-09-10
The Imitation Game Joan Clarke 2014-11-14
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Cathy Muller 2014-01-15
Laggies Megan Burch 2014-09-25
Begin Again Gretta James 2013-09-07
Once Upon a Time... Gabrielle Chanel 2013-05-08
Stars In Shorts Woman 2012-09-28
Anna Karenina Anna Karenina 2012-09-06
Wide-Awake The Witch 2012-12-07
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Penelope "Penny" Lockhart 2012-06-22
A Dangerous Method Sabina Spielrein 2011-09-30
Last Night Joanna Reed 2010-11-05
Steve Woman 2010-02-12
London Boulevard Charlotte 2010-11-10
Never Let Me Go Ruth C. 2010-03-18
Paris Hilton Inc.: The Selling of Celebrity Self (archive footage) 2009-11-29
The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers The Fairy 2009-10-15
The Duchess Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire 2008-09-05
The Edge of Love Vera Phillips 2008-06-20
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Elizabeth Swann 2007-05-19
Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Em (voice) 2007-12-25
Silk Hélène Joncour 2007-09-14
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens Self 2007-05-19
Atonement Cecilia Tallis 2007-09-07
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth Swann 2006-07-06
According to Plan: The Making of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' Self 2006-12-06
Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth "Lizzy" Bennet 2005-09-16
The Jacket Jackie Price 2005-03-04
Domino Domino Harvey 2005-10-14
Stories of Lost Souls Leah 2004-11-12
King Arthur Guinevere 2004-07-07
The Making of King Arthur Self 2004-08-24
Below Deck: An Interactive History Of Pirates 2003-12-02
Love Actually Juliet 2003-09-07
An Epic At Sea: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Self 2003-12-02
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann 2003-07-09
Thunderpants Music School Student 2002-05-24
The Seasons Alter Helena 2002-12-10
Pure Louise 2002-09-13
Bend It Like Beckham Juliette 'Jules' Paxton 2002-04-11
New Year's Eve Leah 2002-11-18
Princess of Thieves Gwyn 2001-03-11
The Hole Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith 2001-04-20
Deflation Jogger 2001-01-01
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Sabé 1999-05-19
Coming Home Young Judith 1998-04-11
The Treasure Seekers The Princess 1996-01-01
Innocent Lies Young Celia 1995-06-30
A Village Affair Natasha Jordan 1995-04-17
Royal Celebration Angela 1993-09-26