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Also Known As: Keira Christina Knightley Died:
Born: March 26, 1985 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actress

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Possessed of a willowy physicality that belied her formidable inner strength, British actress Keira Knightley rose to international prominence after starring in an independent film and a big-budget action-adventure movie, but it was her nuanced work in both period pieces and contemporary dramas that placed her at the top of the list of film's most talented young stars. Having begun her professional career by the age of seven, Knightley was already a veteran by the time she landed a cameo as Natalie Portman's double in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999). It was, however, the one-two punch of the soccer-themed comedy-drama "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002) followed by the swashbuckling juggernaut "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) and its two sequels that truly cemented Knightley as an international star. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she continually broadened her range as an actress with lauded work in such films as "Pride and Prejudice" (2005), "Atonement" (2007), "Never Let Me Go" (2010) and "A Dangerous Method" (2011). Far more than a delicate, pretty face, Knightley never failed to challenge both herself and the audience with riveting performances in some of the...

Possessed of a willowy physicality that belied her formidable inner strength, British actress Keira Knightley rose to international prominence after starring in an independent film and a big-budget action-adventure movie, but it was her nuanced work in both period pieces and contemporary dramas that placed her at the top of the list of film's most talented young stars. Having begun her professional career by the age of seven, Knightley was already a veteran by the time she landed a cameo as Natalie Portman's double in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" (1999). It was, however, the one-two punch of the soccer-themed comedy-drama "Bend It Like Beckham" (2002) followed by the swashbuckling juggernaut "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003) and its two sequels that truly cemented Knightley as an international star. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she continually broadened her range as an actress with lauded work in such films as "Pride and Prejudice" (2005), "Atonement" (2007), "Never Let Me Go" (2010) and "A Dangerous Method" (2011). Far more than a delicate, pretty face, Knightley never failed to challenge both herself and the audience with riveting performances in some of the most thought-provoking films of the day.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Begin Again (2014)
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4.
 Laggies (2014)
5.
 Jack Ryan (2014)
6.
 Stars In Shorts (2012)
8.
 Anna Karenina (2012)
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10.
 London Boulevard (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

1989:
Obtained her first agent by the age of six
1994:
First film role in Moira Armstong's "A Villiage Affair"
1996:
Cast as the princess in the television feature "Treasure Seekers"
1999:
Portrayed the character Sabe who acted as a decoy to Natalie Portman's character in "Star Wars Episode 1"
2001:
Co-starred in the independent thriller "The Hole"
2003:
Co-starred in the sleeper hit "Bend it Like Beckham"
2003:
Joined Johnny Depp for the action summer feature "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"
2003:
Co-starred in Richard Curtis' directorial debut "Love Actually"
2004:
Cast as Guinevere opposite Clive Owen in "King Arthur" a demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
2005:
Portrayed Domino Harvey, a model-turned-bounty hunter and daughter of actor Laurence Harvey in Tony Scott's "Domino"
2005:
Cast as Elizabeth Bennet, the eldest of five sisters in "Pride and Prejudice," an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, directed by Joe Wright; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress
2006:
Re-teamed with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2007:
Reprised role of Elizabeth Swann in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2007:
Played a French silkworm merchant's wife, opposite Michael Pitt in the period drama "Silk"
2007:
Co-starred with James McAvoy in the period drama, "Atonement" based on the novel by Ian McEwan; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
2008:
Portrayed Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire in the feature adaption of the best-selling biography, "The Duchess"
2008:
Nominated for the 2008 People┬┐s Choice Award for Favorite Female Star
2009:
Portrayed Dylan Thomas' childhood sweetheart in "The Edge of Love"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan in the drama "Never Let Me Go," based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
2011:
Co-starred with Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method"
2012:
Cast opposite Steve Carell in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"
2012:
Played title role in feature adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," directed by Joe Wright
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Notes

Knightley was diagnosed with dyslexia as a small child

"There are a lot of beautiful girls around the world, but the problem is, they can't turn off who they are when the camera turns on. Keira is very natural in front of the camera-when she becomes the character, you don't see any of the acting wheels turning"---Jerry Bruckeimer, producer of "Pirates of the Caribbean" Vanity Fair April 2004

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer predicts that in 10 years, Knightley will be: "a major star. She is a terrific kid. Not to mention her enormous talent. In the end, it all comes down to her screen persona. I mean, you like what you see onscreen; she becomes the character. She is the real thing." People July 7, 2004

"To take this character who's so infamous and completely change her is one of the reasons that you do this job, to keep on changing and surprising people,"---Knightley on playing Guinevere in "King Arthur" to People, July 09, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jamie Dornan. Model. Dating as of June 2004.
companion:
Del Synnott. Actor. Met while working together on the movie "Princess Of Thieves" in 2001; rumored to be no longer together as of November 2003.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Sharman McDonald. Screenwriter.
father:
Will Knightley. Actor.
brother:
Caleb Knightley. BBC sound technician. Born c. 1979.

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