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.
The actress said that years of dying her hair for roles means she now has to wear wigs.
Keira Knightley has revealed she’s been wearing wigs in films for the past five years so she no longer has to dye her hair. The 31-year-old said that throughout her career her hair has been dyed every colour, causing it to eventually start falling out.
Keira Knightley has been wearing wigs in films for five years now
“I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable for different films,’ she told InStyle magazine. “It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head! So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.”
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The filmmaker lashed out over the actress' 'entourage', singing ability and acting talent.
Disgraced director John Carney has issued a public apology to his movie's star Keira Knightley after 'I'll never make a film with supermodels again' tirade in which he slammed the A-list actress for her work on his film 'Begin Again'. He calls his unfair comments 'arrogant and disrespectful'.
Keira Knightley surrounded by her entourage
As one can imagine, a director slamming an actress he's worked with can hardly have a positive effect on said actress' career when it comes to finding future movie roles, but at least now John Carney has seen the error of his ways and apologised 'publicly and unreservedly' for his misguided comments.
Director John Carney, who worked with Knightley on 2013's 'Begin Again', complained about the actress in a recent interview.
Movie-makers have rallied to British actress Keira Knightley’s defence after director John Carney criticised her technique in a recent interview.
Having worked together on the 2013 movie Begin Again, Carney described Knightley’s behaviour on set as “disenchanted” in an interview this week with The Independent, and said that he would “never make a film with supermodels again”.
Keira Knightley made her Broadway debut in 'Therese Raquin' in 2016
Nearly 300 figures from the world of entertainment and the arts put their name to the letter.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law and Keira Knightley are among nearly 300 celebrities and figures from the world of arts and entertainment to put their names to a letter urging Britain to remain within the European Union ahead of next month’s referendum.
The letter states that funding from the E.U. has been vital in supporting all manner of arts projects, both within Britain and on collaborations between European countries. It also estimates that cultural exports from Britain to the rest of the world are worth £18 billion, and that the cultural sector employs 1.8 million people whose positions would be put at risk by a vote to leave.
His character famously told Keira Knightley ‘to me you are perfect’, but to Lincoln he was a borderline stalker.
Love Actually is considered one of the most romantic films of all time and the scene where Andrew Lincoln’s character confesses his love for Keira Knightley is one of the movie’s most memorable moments. But 12 years on, Lincoln might just have said what we’ve all been secretly thinking, that his character is actually a bit of a stalker.
Even Andrew Lincoln thinks his Love Actually character was a bit of a stalker.
Speaking about his character Mark, Lincoln told The Wrap: “He is a stalker. That was my question to Richard Curtis, ‘Do you not think we’re sort of borderline stalker territory here?’ And he said, ‘No, no. Not with you playing it, darling. You’ll be alright.’”
No sickness or proposals to ruin this opening saga.
Keira Knightley has seen another milestone in her acting career by appearing on Broadway for the very first time in the stage adaptation of Emile Zola's 19th century story 'Thérèse Raquin'. Once again, she is in period dress covering familiar ground on unfamiliar soil.
The cast of 'Thérèse Raquin' [L-R] Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light, Keira Knightley, Matt Ryan and David Patrick Kelly
Knightley appeared for her official Broadway debut at Studio 54 yesterday (October 29th 2015), playing the titular character in this romantic, vengeful thriller. This most recent adaptation of 'Thérèse Raquin' has been directed by Evan Cabnet, and stars - alongside Knightley - Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light, Matt Ryan and David Patrick Kelly.
Wednesday's performance of 'Therese Raquin' at Studio 54 was called off at short notice due to a small injury Knightley suffered.
Keira Knightley’s first steps into the world of Broadway have been a bit wobbly – but that’s nothing to do with her actual performances. Firstly, a man interrupted her very first performance in ‘Therese Raquin’ by throwing flowers at the stage and proposing to marry her, and now another performance has had to be cancelled after she suffered a “minor injury”.
The performance at Studio 54 on the famous New York strip on Wednesday night (October 7th) had to be called off at short notice after Knightley, 30, suffered a small injury, the nature of which was not reported, according to the Associated Press. However, she is expected to have recovered in time for Thursday’s performance. The show is currently in its preview run, and is due to officially open on October 29th.
Keira Knightley out and about in the TriBeCa area of New York
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Keira Knightley first performance on Broadway was interrupted when a fan proposed to her.
Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut was interrupted by a man who decided it was the perfect time to declare his undying love for her and propose marriage. Knightley was on stage on Thursday evening (1st October) making her Broadway debut at Studio 54 when the incident occurred.
Keira Knightley at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, February 2015.
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With visually stunning imagery and a solid A-list cast, this film just about transcends its oddly uninvolving story. Based on true events, the scenes are harrowing and emotive, but spreading the story among an ensemble obscured by mountaineering gear and snowstorms makes it difficult to engage with anyone. And the plot-strands that do find emotional resonance feel like they've been manipulated.
In the early 1990s, companies began selling Everest expeditions to wealthy clients, and by the spring of 1996 there were 20 teams of climbers jostling for position on the slopes of the world's highest peak. Kiwi guide Rob (Jason Clarke) opts for a cautious approach with his team, which includes impatient Texan Beck (Josh Brolin), journalist Jon (Michael Kelly) and the nervous Doug (John Hawkes), who only just failed to reach the summit on his previous attempt. Rob's base camp manager Helen (Emily Watson) keeps everything running smoothly and, since the mountain is so overcrowded, Rob coordinates the climb with a rival guide (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his team. On the day of the final ascent, the skies are clear, but delays along the way and an approaching storm threaten the climbers.
Since the is a true story, it's clear from the start that some of these people won't make it home. And Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur lays on the emotion thickly, with an overly pushy-majestic score by Dario Marianelli and several sentimental phone calls home. Rob's wife is played by Keira Knightley, and you can almost hear the ominous chord when she reveals that she's pregnant. A bit subtler is Beck's interaction with his wife, played with insinuating bitterness by the always terrific Robin Wright. Meanwhile, Clarke's sensitive leader and Brolin's bullheaded alpha male contrast nicely with Gyllenhaal's cool dude, while Sam Worthington is almost lost in the shuffle as a friend who's climbing a neighbouring peak.
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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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Date of birth
26th March, 1985
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