Keira Knightley

Actress / Television Actress / Film Actress / Voice Actress / Model (person) / Stage Actress | * 03/26/1985 (36) | Teddington, London, England (United Kingdom (UK))
Keira Christina Righton ( née Knightley, born 26 March 1985) is a British 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). Despite her work, she struggled to break through until portraying a tomboy footballer in sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2001). Knightley 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"> ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Keira Knightley

Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit Empire Award for Best Actress Empire Awards Officer of The Order of The British Empire Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Actress European Film Academy People's Choice Award for Best European Film

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Movies with Keira Knightley as Actress(56)

as (voice)2021 Charlotte
as Sally Alexander2020 Misbehaviour
as herself2020 Greed
as Katharine Gun2019 Official Secrets
as Rachael Morgan2019 The Aftermath
as Jane2019 Berlin, I Love You
as Sugar Plum Fairy2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
as Colette2018 Colette
as Juliet2017 Red Nose Day Actually
as Amy Moore2016 Collateral Beauty
as Jan Arnold2015 Everest
as Joan Clarke2014 The Imitation Game
as Megan Burch2014 Laggies
as Cathy Muller2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
as Gabrielle Chanel2013 Once Upon a Time...
as Gretta James2013 Begin Again
as Penelope "Penny" Lockhart2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
as Anna Karenina2012 Anna Karenina
as Woman2012 Stars In Shorts
as Sabina Spielrein2011 A Dangerous Method
as Joanna Reed2010 Last Night
as Ruth C.2010 Never Let Me Go
as Charlotte2010 London Boulevard
as Woman2010 Steve
as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire2008 The Duchess
as Vera Phillips2008 The Edge of Love
as Herself - Actress2007 Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
as Hélène Joncour2007 Silk
as Cecilia Tallis2007 Atonement
as Domino Harvey2005 Domino
as Jackie Price2005 The Jacket
as Elizabeth Bennet2005 Pride & Prejudice
as Guinevere2004 King Arthur
as Juliet2003 Love Actually
as Louise2002 Pure
as Leah2002 New Year's Eve
as Juliette 'Jules' Paxton2002 Bend It Like Beckham
as Helena2002 The Seasons Alter
as Music School Student2002 Thunderpants
as Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith2001 The Hole
as Jogger2001 Deflation
as Young Judith1998 Coming Home
as The Princess1996 The Treasure Seekers
as Natasha Jordan1995 A Village Affair
as Young Celia1995 Innocent Lies

TV Shows/Series with Keira Knightley as Actress(21)

Movies with Keira Knightley as Crew(2)

Production/Executive Producer2021 Charlotte
Camera/Grip2001 Deflation

TV Shows/Series with Keira Knightley as Crew(1)

Production/Producer2021 The Other Typist

Additional Information

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Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Tuesday, 03/26 1985 (March) in Teddington, London, England (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 36 years + 177 days)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Esher College, Teddington School
Named after: Kira Ivanova
Spouses (current/former): James Righton
Siblings: Caleb Knightley
Other names for Keira Knightley (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Keira Christina Knightley"
"Кира Найтли"
"เคียรา ไนต์ลีย์"
"키이라 나이틀리"
"كيرا نايتلي"
"Кіра Найтлі"
"Κίρα Νάιτλι"
"凯拉 奈特莉"
Keira Knightley frequently works together with these people:
Daniel Radcliffe (11x, Actor)
Emma Thompson (10x, Actress)
Sarah Jessica Parker (10x, Actress)
Kevin Bacon (10x, Actor)
Queen Latifah (10x, Actress)
Hugh Grant (10x, Actor)
Ricky Gervais (10x, Actor)
Robert Downey Jr. (9x, Actor)
Chris Rock (9x, Actor)
Terry Rossio (9x, Crew)
Jimmy Fallon (9x, Actor)
Kelly Clarkson (9x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:212, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 08/31/2021