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Keira Knightley Biography

Keira Knightley (born 26.3.1985)

Keira Knightley is an English actress who initially rose to public recognition when she appeared in the feature film Bend It Like Beckham. Knightley now has several awards nominations to her name, including an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Keira Knightley: Childhood

Keira was born in Middlesex; the child of award winning Scottish playwright, Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley, an English actor. Keira has one older brother, Caleb (b.1979).

Knightley attended Teddington School and Esher College. Although she has dyslexia, she was successful at school.

She acquired a talent agent and pursued an acting career, appearing in After Juliet, written by her mother and United States, which was written by Ian McShane: her drama teacher at the time.

Keira Knightley: Acting Career

Keira Knightley appeared in a number of low-budget television films in the late 1990s before being cast as Sabe in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

In 2001, she landed her first starring role, in a Walt Disney Productions TV movie, Princess of Thieves. She also appeared in The Hole, a film that went straight to video, as well as a mini-series adaptation of Doctor Zhivago. The series received several negative reviews, though the viewing figures were high.

Keira's breakthrough to mainstream success came with a role in Bend It Like Beckham. The film grossed $18 million in its UK release and $32 million in its US release.

As a boost to her profile, Knightley was then cast in the US blockbuster movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl. Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom also appeared in the film.

Her next major role was in the British film, Love Actually which was a success but her follow-up venture, King Arthur received very negative reviews.

In 2005 Knightley was heavily criticized for her American accent in The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody. Released later that same year, her next film, Domino, was her biggest commercial and critical failure to date.

Luckily, the year improved greatly with the release of Pride and Prejudice. Playing the film's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, Keira received the best reviews of her career to date. Cast alongside many greatly respected actors - such as Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland and Dame Judi Dench, her acting style was compared to that of a young Audrey Hepburn. The film grossed more than $100 million worldwide, and earned her a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar nomination. Knightley was later asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2006, the Pirates. follow-up, Dead Man's Chest became Keira's biggest financial success to date.

In 2007, the actress appeared in a number of films: Silk, Atonement (an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel) and another Pirates. film, At World's End. Knightley was nominated for a 'Best Dramatic Actress' Golden Globe as well as a BAFTA.

Keira Knightley: A life in the media

FHM magazine voted Keira the 79th sexiest Woman in the World in 2004. In 2005, she had risen to number 18 and by 2006 had reached the top of their list.

In April 2006, Chanel chose her as the new face of their 'Coco Mademoiselle' perfume.

Keira has frequently denied rumours that she is anorexic, though her family has a history of anorexia. She later sued the Daily Mail newspaper, which had accused her of lying about having anorexia and attributing the blame of a young girl's death (cause by anorexia) to Knightley's image.

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Keira Knightley's 'extreme' Lifestyle

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A Week in Movies Featuring: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Keira Knightley, Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt's World War Z, Matt Damon, Seth Rogen and More! Feature

16th November 2012

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014, Review by Rich Cline

There's nothing very original in this spy thriller, but director Branagh gives the film a...

A Dangerous Method 2012, Review by Rich Cline

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Basaxl's picture


I love the girl myself.I watched the blooper reel and I really enjoyed her quick wit.She's attractive and I like a woman that can play an independant lady like Miss Swan.She impressed me so much I named one of my kittens after her.

8 years 8 months ago
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Marcus Alexander

Just a comment about what seems to be a problem in Keira Knightleys self image. She is seemly concerned that her breasts arent large enough.. I just want to say that she is beautiful and there are many, many men especially myself that arent attracted to large breasted women and I for one find her to be very sexy just the way she is and dont feel she needs to make any changes in her natural anatomy. So Keira you have all you need so relax about this apparent self conscience feeling you have about your breasts.Speaking on behalf of myself and many other men I say you are a BABE and a 10 on a scale of 10.

8 years 6 months ago
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keira, you are the greatest! you totally don't need ANY plastic surgery, you are beautiful and a phenomonal actress! i'm coming over to london in a few days, i'm crossing my fingers that i will see you! : )i hope you're not anorexic, please listen when i say you are BEAUTIFUL! great job on all the acting, you're making your fans proud!

7 years 8 months ago
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nahh keira go get dose breasts largened man!!! lol i gta say shes an ok actress i went 2 wtch domino bt i gt chukd out of the cinema :'(

8 years 6 months ago
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Keira Knightley seems to be really nice and down-to-earth sort of person. And i am hoping that she wont do any operations to herself e.g. like someone suggested getting her breast larger. Shes also a great actress.

8 years 1 month ago
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knightleysundiscoverred's picture


Don't get them done Keira! Don't give into the f***in media peer pressure crap!!!Three words... Less Is More!!!

8 years 4 months ago
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hiya im amy roystone aged 13.i think keira is an amazing actress and i would kill to be in her shoes! i am crazy about acting myself and attend a local stagecoach group and i have hope to be a successful as her one day !! i no every 1 who is a fan says this but I AM HER BIGGEST FAN !!!! lol :)

8 years 10 months ago
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