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Keira Knightley

Actor Date of birth 26th March 1985
Place of birth Teddington, Middlesex, England
Year of debut 1995
First feature film Innocent Lies

Awards

  • Academy Awards nominated1
  • BAFTA Awards nominated1
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated2
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Biography

Growing up, Keira Knightley acted in TV series such as The Bill and movies like Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace during her school holidays. In 2002 she got her big movie break in Bend It Like Beckham. She has since built up a reputation as a leading lady in period dramas including Pride & Prejudice and The Duchess. She has also starred in US blockbusters like The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and British movies such as Never Let Me Go.

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Keira Knightley's films

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Packshot for the film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
105 Mins
Released
2013

CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) uncovers a Russian terrorist plot. With Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley. Moderate violence, injury detail, strong language.

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Packshot for the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
145 Mins
Released
2006

Action adventure starring Johnny Depp as pirate Jack Sparrow. Co starring Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Contains moderate horror and action-adventure violence.

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Packshot for the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
162 Mins
Released
2007

Pirate adventure starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. Moderate horror and action-adventure violence.

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Packshot for the film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
138 Mins
Released
2003

Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom play swashbuckling pirates. Co stars Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. Contains moderate horror, action violence and infrequent mild language.

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Packshot for the film Atonement
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
118 Mins
Released
2007

Two lovers (Keira Knightley and James McAvoy) are torn apart when one is accused of a terrible crime. Very strong language, bloody injuries and moderate sex.

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Packshot for the film Bend It Like Beckham
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
107 Mins
Released
2002

Comedy about an Indian girl who ignores her family's traditions because of her obsession with football. With Keira Knightley. Moderate language and sexual references.

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Packshot for the film The Duchess
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
105 Mins
Released
2008

Keira Knightley stars as an 18th century aristocrat with a very public personal life. Contains moderate sex.

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Packshot for the film King Arthur
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
121 Mins
Released
2004

Clive Owen stars as the legendary knight Arthur. Co stars Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen and Keira Knightley. Contains moderate battle violence and mild sex scenes.

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Packshot for the film A Dangerous Method
Certificate
18 Certificate
Duration
97 Mins
Released
2011

Psychiatrist Jung has a sordid affair with a mentally disturbed patient (Keira Knightley). With Michael Fassbender. Adults only: sado-masochism and sexual scenes.

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Packshot for the film Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
101 Mins
Released
2012

A man (Steve Carell) sets off on a road trip with his neighbour (Keira Knightley) before an asteroid destroys Earth. Strong language, moderate violence, sexual content and drug use

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Did you know?

  • At the age of three, Keira Knightley asked her parents for an agent. They initially refused her request. However, she secured an agent when she was six.
  • She is the daughter of Will Knightley, an actor, and Sharman McDonald, an actress and playwright.
  • She played football for 20 weeks to prepare for her role in Bend It Like Beckham.
  • According to People magazine, she likes to keep souvenirs from her movie shoots such as Elizabeth Bennett's stripy stockings from Pride & Prejudice.
  • She dated model Jamie Dornan from 2003 to 2005. In 2006 she began dating her Pride & Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2005 Actress in a Leading Role - Pride & Prejudice
  • 1 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 2007 Leading Actress - Atonement
  • 2 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2008 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Atonement
    • 2006 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Pride & Prejudice