Keira Knightley (born 26.3.1985) 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 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 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.
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.
She welcomed the baby with husband James Righton in May 2015, but has spoken about her experiences of motherhood for the first time.
She’s kept a very private profile since the birth of her first child back in May this year, but Keira Knightley has shared some her experiences of motherhood in a new interview, revealing that she has named her daughter Edie.
Knightley, a star of last year’s Oscar-winning movie The Imitation Game, was speaking to Elle magazine for its 30th anniversary edition, and spoke about how the strength of her bond with her daughter has taken her aback. “The love thing is astonishing,” she says. “It’s a very primal, primal love. That’s quite extraordinary.”
Keira Knightley with husband James Righton in February 2015
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When two different climbing parties set out on the expedition of their lives, they knew there would be dangers; however, no-one could prepare them for the tragedy that was in store. Reaching the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal is every passionate climbers dream, but this isn't a trip to take lightly. Such altitudes and temperatures are not meant to be experienced by human beings as frostbite and altitude sickness are almost inevitable perils, not to mention falling, strong winds and, of course, avalanches. As fate would have it, these climbers are about to run into one of the worst snowstorms ever documented as an earthquake hits the nation and mother nature has no mercy. Victory turns to catastrophe in an event that will change the lives of the survivors.
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Some people get a once in a lifetime chance to make history. Some people, unfortunately end fining themselves part of events that live in infamy. Such is the story of the people who attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 1996. Their story would later be referred to as the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, as two competing expeditions were caught on the mountain by a horrific storm, leading to the most terrifying events on the mountain until that point. This is the story of those climbers.
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Based on a true story, an impressive cast leads audiences through the 1996 mountain disaster
The trailer for the new disaster movie Everest has just been released and the frightening majesty of the mountain and those who try to climb it is ever-present during the short teaser preview.
The explorers reach the summit in Everest but what awaits them is even more frightening
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley Everest follows the famous 1996 disaster when a group of intrepid travellers reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain only to be greeted with one of the biggest snowstorms they’d ever seen heading right for them.
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Knightley gave birth in London on Tuesday, E! News reports.
Keira Knightley is believed to have given birth to a baby girl, her first child with her husband James Righton.
Multiple sources are said to have confirmed to E! News that the 30 year old actress and her 31 year old husband, formerly a member of nu-rave band Klaxons, welcomed their daughter into the world in London on Tuesday (May 26th).
Knightley and Righton got married in the south of France in May 2013, having been dating since early 2011. They announced that they were expecting a baby in December last year.
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Keira Knightley - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Keira Knightley - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 201
Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting Actress gong for her role in 'Boyhood'.
Patricia Arquette has won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in Richard Linklater’s epic Boyhood, playing the role of Olivia Evans.
The 46 year old fended off strong competition from Laura Dern (Bobbi Grey in Wild), Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Sam Thomson in Birdman) and Meryl Streep (‘The Witch’ in Into The Woods).
2015's Best Supporting Actress Patricia Arquette (L) with her 'Boyhood' colleagues Ellar Coltrane and Richard Linklater
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The pregnant actress may have trouble changing the diaper of her child if she gives birth to a son.
It has been just over two months since news broke that Keira Knightley is pregnant with her and husband, musician James Righton, first child together, and the British star is already showing concerns of having a baby boy.
Knightley and her husband, James Righton, are expecting their first child together
While appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (Feb 17th) the pregnant Oscar nominee opened up about preparing to be a mother for the first time, and her fear of changing diapers if her child is male.
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Zooey Deschanel, Barbra Streisand, Nicolas Cage... when common names become unique.
Keira Knightley has always baffled the world with her first name's unique spelling, but as it turns out, rather than it being creative license on the part of her parents, it was a simple spelling mistake that less than impressed her father.
Keira Knightley has done well despite the difficult start her name had
In an interview with Elle magazine, the 29-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star explained that she was supposed to be named after the Russian figure skater Kiera Ivanova but her mother got the spelling wrong when she went to register the birth. Apparently, this didn't go down too well with Mr Knightley.
The pregnant actress revealed that the unique spelling of her name is just down to an accident.
Keira Knightley is obviously known as been one of the most sought-after actresses sin the movie industry today, but the British star is also recognized for the unique spelling of her name, and she recently revealed the story behind it all.
Knightley's mother accidently spelt her name wrong when registering her new baby girl
Knightley, who graces the March cover of Elle U.K., confessed to the mag that her name was accidently spelt in a peculiar way. Her mother apparently made a mistake when it was time to register her new baby daughter.
The two actresses have maintained a close-knit friendship since working together in 2008.
Speaking to the New York Post’s ‘Page Six’ section, the 32 year old actress and star of recent film American Sniper said that Knightley will be an “amazing” mother and doesn’t need any help. “We’ve spoken a lot and I know she will be amazing,” Miller said. “She doesn’t need any advice. She will be perfect.”
Sienna Miller, picture above with her daughter Marlowe, reckons Keira Knightley will be a "perfect" mother
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Date of birth
26th March, 1985