Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

  • Born on
    • March 26th, 1985
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.

Starring Keira Knightley on Plex


Acting (49 Credits)

2021Silent Night as Nell
2021Charlotte as (voice)
2020Misbehaviour as Sally Alexander
2019Official Secrets as Katharine Gun
2019Berlin, I Love You as Jane
2019The Aftermath as Rachael Morgan
2018Colette as Colette
2018The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as Sugar Plum Fairy
2017Red Nose Day Actually as Juliet
2017Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as Elizabeth Swann
2016Collateral Beauty as Amy Moore
2015Everest as Jan Arnold
2014Laggies as Megan Burch
2014Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit as Cathy Muller
2014The Imitation Game as Joan Clarke
2013Begin Again as Gretta James
2012Anna Karenina as Anna Karenina
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the World as Penelope "Penny" Lockhart
2011A Dangerous Method as Sabina Spielrein
2011Neverland as Tinker Bell (voice)
2010Last Night as Joanna Reed
2010London Boulevard as Charlotte
2010Steve as Woman
2010Never Let Me Go as Ruth C.
2008The Duchess as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
2008The Edge of Love as Vera Phillips
2007Atonement as Cecilia Tallis
2007Silk as Hélène Joncour
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End as Elizabeth Swann
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest as Elizabeth Swann
2005Pride & Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennet
2005Domino as Domino Harvey
2005The Jacket as Jackie Price
2005Stories of Lost Souls as Leah
2004King Arthur as Guinevere
2003Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl as Elizabeth Swann
2003Love Actually as Juliet
2002Bend It Like Beckham as Juliette 'Jules' Paxton
2002Pure as Louise
2002Thunderpants as Music School Student
2002Doctor Zhivago as Lara Antipova
2001Princess of Thieves as Gwyn
2001The Hole as Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith
1999Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace as Sabé
1999Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace as Sabé
1999Oliver Twist (1999) as Rose Fleming
1998Coming Home as Young Judith
1995Innocent Lies as Young Celia
1995A Village Affair as Natasha Jordan

Herself (1 Credits)

2019Greed as Herself


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