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Keira Knightley

Keira Christina Knightley OBE, is an English actress and model. She began acting as a child and came to international prominence in 2002 after co-starring in the films Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Knightley has appeared in several Hollywood films and earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Two years later she again was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Atonement. In 2008, Forbes claimed Knightley to be the second highest paid actress in Hollywood, having reportedly earned $32 million in 2007, making her on the list of highest paid actresses. Knightley was born in Teddington, within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, to theatre actors Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley. Her mother is Scottish and her father is English. She was meant to be named "Kiera", the anglicized form of "Kira", after Kira Ivanova, whom her father admired. However, Macdonald misspelled the name when she went to register her daughter, writing the letter "e" before the "i". Macdonald also worked as a playwright after her career as an actress came to an end. She introduced her children to theatre and ballet at an early age. This furthered Knightley's interest in acting, and she requested an agent at the age of three. Knightley has an elder brother named Caleb. Knightley attended Teddington School. At the age of six, she was diagnosed with dyslexia but by the time she was eleven, with her parents' support, Knightley said, "they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently". She is still a slow reader and cannot read out loud. Knightley said she was "single-minded about acting" during her childhood. At the age of three, she expressed the desire for an agent like her parents and got one at age six. This led to her taking a number of small parts in TV dramas throughout her childhood. While growing up, Knightley performed in a number of local amateur productions, which included After Juliet, written by her mother, and United States, written by her drama teacher. She focused on art, history, and English literature while studying at the Esher College, but left after a year to pursue an acting career. This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by contributors. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license; additional terms may apply.

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Mar 26, 1985 In Teddington, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Series The Other Typist 2022
Known For
Poster of The Other Typist
Poster of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Poster of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Poster of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Series The Other Typist Unknown 2022
Movie Silent Night Unknown 2021-12-01
Movie Greed Herself 2020-02-21
Movie Misbehaviour Sally Alexander 2020-03-12
Movie Berlin, I Love You Jane 2019-02-08
Movie The Aftermath Rachael Morgan 2019-03-01
Movie Official Secrets Katharine Gun 2019-08-30
Movie Colette Colette 2018-09-21
Movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Sugar Plum Fairy 2018-10-26
Movie Red Nose Day Actually Juliet 2017-03-24
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Elizabeth Swann 2017-05-23
Movie Collateral Beauty Amy Moore 2016-12-06
Movie Everest Jan Arnold 2015-09-10
Series The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Herself 2015-09-08
Series The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Self 2014-02-17
Movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Cathy Muller 2014-01-15
Movie The Imitation Game Joan Clarke 2014-11-14
Movie Laggies Megan Burch 2014-09-25
Movie Once Upon a Time... Gabrielle Chanel 2013-05-08
Movie Begin Again Gretta James 2013-09-07
Movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Penelope "Penny" Lockhart 2012-06-22
Movie Anna Karenina Anna Karenina 2012-09-06
Movie Stars In Shorts Woman 2012-09-28
Movie Wide-Awake The Witch 2012-12-07
Movie A Dangerous Method Sabina Spielrein 2011-09-30
Series Neverland Tinker Bell (voice) 2011-12-04
Movie Never Let Me Go Ruth C. 2010-09-15
Movie Steve Woman 2010-02-12
Movie Last Night Joanna Reed 2010-11-05
Movie London Boulevard Charlotte 2010-11-10
Movie The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers The Fairy 2009-10-15
Movie The Edge of Love Vera Phillips 2008-06-20
Movie The Duchess Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire 2008-09-05
Movie Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens Herself - Actress 2007-05-19
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Elizabeth Swann 2007-05-19
Series The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007-02-22
Movie Atonement Cecilia Tallis 2007-09-07
Movie Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Em (voice) 2007-12-25
Movie Silk Hélène Joncour 2007-09-14
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth Swann 2006-07-06
Series My Shot With Unknown 2005-09-06
Movie Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet 2005-09-16
Movie The Jacket Jackie Price 2005-03-04
Movie Domino Domino Harvey 2005-10-14
Series The Reichen Show Unknown 2005-11-11
Movie King Arthur Guinevere 2004-07-07
Movie Stories of Lost Souls Leah 2004-11-12
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann 2003-07-09
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Self 2003-09-08
Movie Love Actually Juliet 2003-09-07
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Movie Pure Louise 2002-09-13
Movie Thunderpants Music School Student 2002-05-24
Movie Bend It Like Beckham Juliette 'Jules' Paxton 2002-04-11
Movie New Year's Eve Leah 2002-11-18
Movie The Seasons Alter Helena 2002-12-10
Series Doctor Zhivago Lara Antipova 2002-11-24
Movie Deflation Jogger 2001-01-01
Movie Princess of Thieves Gwyn 2001-03-11
Series Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Unknown 2001-11-02
Movie The Hole Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith 2001-04-20
Series Richard & Judy Unknown 2001-11-26
Movie Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Sabé 1999-05-19
Series Oliver Twist Rose Fleming 1999-11-28
Movie Coming Home Young Judith 1998-04-11
Series Rosamunde Pilcher: Coming Home Young Judith 1998-04-12
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series The Wonderful World of Disney Gwyn 1997-09-28
Movie The Treasure Seekers The Princess 1996-01-01
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Herself 1996-07-22
Movie A Village Affair Natasha Jordan 1995-04-17
Movie Innocent Lies Young Celia 1995-06-30
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Series Screen One Angela 1989-09-10
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05
Series The Bill Sheena Rose 1984-10-16
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18