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.
Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in danger of tipping over into extreme sentimentality, and this one very quickly gets bogged down in buckets of syrup. It's a slickly made movie with a first-rate cast, but occasional glimpses of gritty honesty aren't quite enough to counteract sudsy philosophising that sounds profound but is actually rather shallow.
It's set in New York, where advertising company owner Howard (Will Smith) is still lost in grief six months after the death of his 6-year-old daughter. And his business partners are worried that the company is falling apart as a result. In desperation, best pal Whit (Edward Norton), protege Claire (Kate Winslet) and rising-star Simon (Michael Pena) hire a private detective (Ann Dowd) to determine Howard's mental fitness to run the company. They also hire three actors to confront him as Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren), abstract concepts he's obsessed with. But they don't know that Howard is also considering attending a grief counselling meeting run by Madeleine (Naomie Harris).
Directed with a magical sheen by David Frankel (Hope Springs) and written to within an inch of its life by Allan Loeb (The Switch), there's nothing about this film that doesn't feel contrived and controlled. In addition to their scenes with Howard, each of the three actors has an impact on the colleague who needs their specific gifts. And there are a number of revelations and twists that feel annoyingly hokey. Even so, the cast is strong enough to add moments of lightness that lift the movie briefly out of the sludge. Mirren, Knightley and Latimore have a sparky edge as the story's catalysts. While Norton, Winslet and Pena bring some raw, honest emotion to their own personal dramas.
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Keira Knightley spoke of the thrill of starring alongside a heavyweight ensemble cast for her new movie 'Collateral Beauty'.
English actress Keira Knightley spoke about her upcoming new film Collateral Beauty, which comes out in cinemas on Boxing Day.
"It reminded me of a 'It's A Wonderful Life' type film, it's got that magical element but in a world that we completely recognise," she said about its appeal.
Collateral Beauty is filmed with a star-studded ensemble cast, and Knightley remarked on what it was like to be surrounded by so many other famous names.
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Mark Revill bombarded the actress with letters and postcards featuring pictures of cats.
Keira Knightley has revealed how she became scared to leave her house, because of a stalker who left letters and messages outside her London home.
In a victim impact statement read in court, the actress said she now has to leave the area in North London where she lived with her family, after Mark Revill harassed her for 12 weeks.
Keira Knightley was scared to leave her home, because of a stalker
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The star's accused has appeared in court
A man fascinated by actress Keira Knightley stalked the star by sending her postcards of cats and meowing through her letterbox. The infatuated stalker even once had to be chased down the street by the Bend It Like Beckham actress' husband.
A court heard how Keira Knightley had suffered at the hands of a stalker
Musician Mark Revill, 49, pleaded guilty to stalking the 31-year-old star at her home and today (Monday 21 November) appeared at Highbury Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of stalking the actress between August 1 and October 22 this year.
Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love, wish we had more time and we fear death. Howard Inlet was once one of New York's most sought after advertising exec's but after suffering a great personal loss, his life has been left in ruins.
Now all his friends can do is look on and see a man who once loved life now living each day wishing the end would come. To help deal with his grief, Howard writes letters to 'time', 'love' and 'death' in the hope that he'll eventually understand why he has lost so much. With a little help from his friends, Howard finds himself actually receiving answers to some of the questions he asks in his letters and hopefully finds a way to live beyond just existing.
Collateral Beauty is directed by David Frankel with a screenplay written by Allan Loeb.
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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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
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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Date of birth
26th March, 1985
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