Keira Knightley

38, from Teddington, London, England, UK

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Biography

Keira Christina Knightley (born 26 March 1985) is an English actress. She has starred in both independent films and big-budget blockbusters, and is particularly noted for her roles in period dramas. Her accolades include two Empire Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award and one Laurence Olivier Award. Knightley was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.

Born in London to actors Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald, Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials and television films. She appeared as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's handmaiden, in science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Knightley had a break-through role portraying a tomboy footballer in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). She achieved global stardom with her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann in fantasy swashbuckler series Pirates of the Caribbean. In the same year, she appeared in the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually (2003) and was labelled a promising teen star.

For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 20, she became the third-youngest Best Actress nominee at the time. Knightley starred in a series of further period pieces, portraying a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in Anna Karenina (2012). She then forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing as an aspiring musician in Begin Again (2013) and a medical student in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Knightley returned to historical films by playing cryptoanalyst Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game (2014), earning her a second round of Academy Award and BAFTA nominations, and starred as the eponymous belle époque writer in Colette (2018) to critical acclaim.

On stage, Knightley has appeared in two West End productions: The Misanthrope in 2009, which earned her an Olivier Award nomination, and The Children's Hour in 2011. She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin. Knightley is known for her outspoken stance on social issues, and has worked extensively with Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Comic Relief. She is married to musician James Righton, with whom she has two daughters.

Timeline

2023Aged 38

  • Poster for Boston Strangler

    Loretta McLaughlin

2022Aged 37

  • Poster for Charlotte

    Charlotte Salomon (voice)

2021Aged 36

  • Poster for Silent Night

    Nell

2020Aged 35

  • Poster for Misbehaviour

    Sally Alexander

2019Aged 34

  • Poster for Berlin, I Love You

    Jane

  • Poster for The Aftermath

    Rachael Morgan

  • Poster for Official Secrets

    Katharine Gun

  • Poster for Greed

    Self

2018Aged 33

  • Poster for Colette

    Colette

  • Poster for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Sugar Plum Fairy

2017Aged 32

  • Poster for Red Nose Day Actually

    Juliet

  • Poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Elizabeth Swann

2016Aged 31

  • Poster for Collateral Beauty

    Amy Moore

2015Aged 30

  • Poster for Everest

    Jan Arnold

2014Aged 29

  • Poster for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Cathy Muller

  • Poster for Laggies

    Megan Burch

  • Poster for The Imitation Game

    Joan Clarke

2013Aged 28

  • Poster for Once Upon a Time...

    Gabrielle Chanel

  • Poster for Begin Again

    Gretta James

2012Aged 27

  • Poster for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Penelope "Penny" Lockhart

  • Poster for Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

  • Poster for Stars In Shorts

    Woman

  • Poster for Wide-Awake

    The Witch

2011Aged 26

  • Poster for A Dangerous Method

    Sabina Spielrein

2010Aged 25

  • Poster for Steve

    Woman

  • Poster for Never Let Me Go

    Ruth C.

  • Poster for Last Night

    Joanna Reed

  • Poster for London Boulevard

    Charlotte

2009Aged 24

  • Poster for The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers

    The Fairy

2008Aged 23

  • Poster for The Edge of Love

    Vera Phillips

  • Poster for The Duchess

    Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire

2007Aged 22

  • Poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Elizabeth Swann

  • Poster for Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

    Self

  • Poster for O2 Wireless Festival Presents: Daft Punk Live

    Self (Patron)

  • Poster for Atonement

    Cecilia Tallis

  • Poster for Silk

    Hélène Joncour

  • Poster for Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind

    Em (voice)

2006Aged 21

  • Poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Elizabeth Swann

  • Poster for According to Plan: The Making of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'

    Self

2005Aged 20

  • Poster for The Jacket

    Jackie Price

  • Poster for Pride & Prejudice

    Elizabeth Bennet

  • Poster for Domino

    Domino Harvey

2004Aged 19

  • Poster for King Arthur

    Guinevere

  • Poster for The Making of King Arthur

    Self

  • Poster for Stories of Lost Souls

    Leah

2003Aged 18

  • Poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Elizabeth Swann

  • Poster for Love Actually

    Juliet

  • Poster for Below Deck: An Interactive History Of Pirates

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for An Epic At Sea: The Making of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Self

2002Aged 17

  • Poster for Ciel ! Maman est invisible !!

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Bend It Like Beckham

    Juliette 'Jules' Paxton

  • Poster for Thunderpants

    Music School Student

  • Poster for Pure

    Louise

  • Poster for New Year's Eve

    Leah

  • Poster for The Seasons Alter

    Helena

2001Aged 16

  • Poster for Deflation

    Jogger

  • Poster for Princess of Thieves

    Gwyn

  • Poster for The Hole

    Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith

1999Aged 14

  • Poster for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Sabé

1998Aged 13

  • Poster for Coming Home

    Young Judith

1996Aged 11

  • Poster for The Treasure Seekers

    The Princess

1995Aged 10

  • Poster for A Village Affair

    Natasha Jordan

  • Poster for Innocent Lies

    Young Celia

1993Aged 8

  • Poster for Royal Celebration

    Angela

Year unknown