Keira Knightley Biography
Keira Knightley (Keira Christina Knightley) is an English actress born on 26th March 1985 in Teddington, United Kingdom. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and charity.
Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in 1995. She had supporting roles in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and in the psychological horror film The Hole (2001).
She made her breakthrough with the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, and achieved international fame in 2003 after playing Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
The 2005 romance film Pride & Prejudice marked a significant turning point in Knightley’s career; her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet earned her critical acclaim and a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards. She later became known for her roles as the heroines of other such period dramas as the 2007 productions Atonement and Silk and the 2012 release Anna Karenina.
Knightley’s roles in independent films including the dramas The Duchess (2009) and Never Let Me Go (2010) earned her nominations at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2014, Knightley was nominated for the London Film Critics’ Circle’s British Actress of the Year Award for her performances as an aspiring singer-songwriter in the musical romantic comedy Begin Again, a young underachiever in the comedy drama Laggies, and English cryptanalyst Joan Clarke in the historical drama The Imitation Game. For the last of the aforementioned film roles, she also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress among other accolades.
Knightley’s West End debut with Martin Crimp’s 2009 production The Misanthrope earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award. She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of the 1873 naturalist play Thérèse Raquin.
Keira Knightley Age
She was born on 26th March 1985 in Teddington, Greater London, to theatre actors Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley.
Keira Knightley Hair
Keira Knightley told the InStyle Magazine that she has dyed her hair virtually every colour imaginable, for different films and this caused hair fall out. She chopped off all her hair in 2005. She said that she has used wigs for the best.
Keira Knightley Family
Her parents are Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley. Her mother is of Scottish and Welsh descent, while her father is English.She has an elder brother Caleb Knightley.
Keira Knightley Husband
Knightley began dating actor Del Synnott in 2001, having met him during the filming of Princess of Thieves. The couple parted ways in 2003, and Knightley then dated model and actor Jamie Dornan from 2003 to 2005, and her Pride & Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend from 2005 until December 2010. Knightley has been in a relationship with musician James Righton, of Klaxons, since February 2011. They were married on 4 May 2013, in Mazan, Vaucluse
Keira Knightley Pregnant
Keira Knightley was pregnant with her first child with husband James Righton.
Keira Knightley Daughter/Keira Knightley Baby
In 2015 she gave birth to her daughter Edie Knightley Righton.
Keira Knightley Net Worth
Keira Knightley’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million.
Keira Knightley Twitter
Keira Knightley joined Twitter, though only for 12 hours, before she deleted her account, admitting that being part of the social networking site made her feel like she was standing in a ‘school playground’.
Keira Knightley started off her online experiment by setting up a fake account under a fake name, but ended up deleting it after just half a day.
“It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, ‘Argh’.”
On whether she thought not having a Twitter account added to her image of being a “haughty” actress, Knightley told the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar:
“No, I think that’s fine. I like being private. I haven’t asked a lot of the actresses who I really admire, ‘How do you do it?’ because I don’t want to know.
“Maybe I’m childish in that way; I just don’t want to know about your life.”
Keira Knightley Wedding
The actress announced news of her engagement in May 2012 and was soon afterwards seen wearing a brilliant-cut solitaire diamond ring. Knightley recently described wedding planning as “terrifying”, telling US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in November that she had turned to the internet for help.
Keira Knightley married Klaxons musician James Righton in the South of France in May 2013. The low-key ceremony – which was held in front of just 11 guests – took place at a town hall in Mazan, 12 miles from Marseille. The reception was hosted at a house owned by Knightley’s mother, playwright Sharman MacDonald, in a marquee erected in the garden. Over 50 guests attended, including fellow actress Sienna Miller.
Keira Knightley Wedding Dress
Rumours about her wedding dress have been circulating since August 2012, when Karl Lagerfeld offered to design her bridal gown. Knightley didn’t confirm or deny the speculation, telling Vogue in September 2012 that “it would be pretty generous of him”. Speculation developed over the weekend that the star’s dress was designed by Rodarte, due to its close resemblance to an outfit that the actress wore to a BAFTA party in 2008, although the rumours were quickly clarified by Chanel.
The bride wore a Chanel couture spring/summer 2006 pale grey tulle, bustier dress that came to the knee. The actress accessorised her dress with a white tweed jacket created especially by Karl Lagerfeld, as well as Chanel pink and grey ballet pumps and a floral garland which sat on top of her loose hair.
Keira Knightley Height
Keira Knightley stands at 5′ 7″ (1.70 m).
Keira Knightley Weight
Keira Knightley weighs 54 kg (119 pounds).
Keira Knightley Instagram
Keira Knightley has no Instagram account.
Keira Knightley Interview
You play Ruth in Never Let Me Go. Had you read Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel before getting the part?
Keira Knightley: I didn’t know the book at all. I read the script and thought it was a unique piece. I read the book afterwards, obviously, and found it so quiet and so devastating… So often films are simplistic, and patronise their audiences. It was exciting to be a part of something that goes: “No – think.”
You had worked with your co-star Carey Mulligan before in Pride & Prejudice (2005). What was it like being reunited on set?
Keira Knightley: Lovely. One of the big reasons I wanted to do this was the opportunity to work with a friend because it happens so rarely.
You make Mulligan’s character cry…
Keira Knightley: It’s horrible, isn’t it? I had to say to her after every scene, “I’m just so sorry.” She’d say: “It’s all right. It’s pretend.”
She’s a very good crier.
Keira Knightley: God, she’s a brilliant crier! Really. She’s on another level. That was the scene where I said to her: “Right, every time I say this word, I want one teardrop to drop out of your right eye.” And it was like clockwork. I’ve never seen anything like it. Actually, no. Sienna Miller can do the same thing. It’s astonishing. I love it. I got such a kick out of it.
The director, Mark Romanek, has said that as an actor you like to work from your head. Presumably that means you think about the character first before throwing yourself into it?
Keira Knightley: I do, I guess. I’m probably very analytical and the projects I’ve chosen recently have been ones that have challenged my intellect – it’s not very difficult to challenge me intellectually! – and have forced me to empathise with people or with situations that I don’t necessarily find it easy to empathise with. So I suppose, yes, I like thinking about that, so maybe he’s right. Maybe that’s my problem as an actor. Maybe I need to work more from my heart. I suspect he’d say that, I don’t know. But I love research. I left school at 16. I don’t have any formal education after that, so I think it’s part of my education, and it sends me off reading in different areas and I enjoy that.
Do you really believe you’re not clever?
Keira Knightley: Sometimes I feel very stupid and sometimes I feel like I’m all right. Normally after days like today doing press I feel incredibly stupid. But I can talk about my dress really well.
Yes, what are you wearing?
Keira Knightley: [Laughs] I’m wearing Rodarte.
Do you have to prove yourself more as a result of having left school after GCSEs to pursue your acting career?
Keira Knightley: I did feel that. I think I was a huge snob. I always did very well at school, and the idea that I was a person who left at 16 was shocking to me for years. I’ve now come to terms with the fact, and that’s all right. But it’s always a part of my personality, a chip on my shoulder.
Is it more fun playing nasty characters, such as Ruth, than nice ones?
Keira Knightley: The complexities are fun. I’m always interested in exploring things that are morally difficult, morally ambiguous, that don’t have an easy answer.
How do you square that desire with playing Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean?
Keira Knightley: Yes, that is difficult. I was 17 when I did the first Pirates… and 21 by the time I finished it. It’s obviously quite a substantial section of my life and I changed a lot over that period. I think I’d do certain things differently now. I found Pirates… very difficult. I really enjoyed some of it. But this [Never Let Me Go] is the kind of stuff that’s really fun.
Was there an Elizabeth Swann doll?
Keira Knightley: I believe so. Yes, it’s quite frightening. Very strange. It has my eyebrows. Other than that, I don’t think it looked very much like me.
Do you think you look like yourself on screen?
Keira Knightley: No. On screen you’re lit in a certain way. It depends what kind of character you are. If you’re playing the beautiful leading lady, you’re lit in a very specific way, you’re told how to hold your face. When they want you to look shit, that’s a different thing, and that’s a lot more freeing. But neither of them are me.
Do you like being successful?
Keira Knightley: Yes and no. I had success very young. I found that confusing and rather frightening for a long time. I didn’t feel I deserved it.
Are people nice when they recognise you in the street?
Keira Knightley: They weren’t for a long time, and that was hard to deal with. People are a lot nicer now. I don’t know why.
What would they say to you?
Keira Knightley: Mostly anorexia things. People get very angry if they see you in a place they don’t think you should be, like the pub. I think actors are shadows. They don’t exist. The characters don’t exist. The make-up is make-up; the clothes are somebody else’s. When people see the reality it’s incredibly disappointing.
Do you worry about getting older or might it be a release, not having to live up to your looks?
It doesn’t frighten me. My looks have been absolutely torn to pieces. Yes, I’ve got parts because of how I look – Pirates… was because of the way I looked, completely – and others not. I have a funny relationship with it because you have some people going: “That’s a beautiful face” and others going, “That’s fucking disgusting”, and they are very vocal about that.
You’re currently on the West End stage in The Children’s Hour. What do you like about theatre in comparison to film?
Keira Knightley: It’s alive. You go on stage, and you don’t know what character the audience is going to have, and it’s almost like improvising with a new person every single night. Film, you’re second-guessing an audience because they’re not there.
Are you fed-up with being nominated for awards and not winning?
Keira Knightley: No, I couldn’t imagine anything more terrifying than winning because then you’d have to get up and give a speech. I’d be shit at that.
Three years ago Forbes magazine rated you as the second highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
Keira Knightley: Gosh, am I? I didn’t know that. I heard once I’d earned £36m in a year! I mean, that would be great. No, I’ve never earned anywhere near what it’s reported I’ve earned.
But do you think movie stars in general are overpaid?
We’ve got a huge preoccupation with being overpaid. Yes, some of them probably are and some aren’t. It’s all relative to how much the film makes. I generally think people should be paid well. Nurses and doctors and teachers should be paid much better. We live in an unfair world. I’d be happy if the Labour party moved back to the left. That’s a bit of a big political statement, and I’m not saying any more.
And finally, just to dispel those anorexia rumours, what’s your favourite biscuit?
Keira Knightley: Custard creams. Because you can take them apart and eat the inside bit.
Keira Knightley Movies/ Keira Knightley Films
- 2005: Pride & Prejudice
- 2007: Atonement
- 2012: Anna Karenina
- 2013: Begin Again
- 2003: Love Actually
- 2002: Bend It Like Beckham
- 2014: The Imitation Game
- 2008: The Duchess
- 2011: A Dangerous Method
- 2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
- 2017: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- 2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
- 2014: Laggies
- 2010: Never Let Me Go
- 2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
- 2016: Collateral Beauty
- 1999: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
- 2004: King Arthur
- 2012: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
- 2008: The Edge of Love
- 2014: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
- 2005: The Jacket
- 2005: Domino
- 2001: The Hole
- 2015: Everest
- 2010: Last Night
- 2010: London Boulevard
- 2007: Silk
- 2001: Princess of Thieves
- 1996: The Treasure Seekers
- 1995: A Village Affair
- 1995: Innocent Lies
- 2017: Red Nose Day Actually
- 2009: The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- The Aftermath
- 2002: Pure
- 2005: Stories of Lost Souls
- 2012: Stars in Shorts
- 2002: New Year’s Eve
- 2010: Steve
- 2014: The Other Typist
- 2008: Looking Over: The Edge of Love
- Ajab Desh Ki Gazab Kahani
- 2001: Deflation
- 2013: The Emperor’s Children
Keira Knightley Awards
- 2011: Empire Hero Award
- 2008: Empire Award for Best Actress,’Atonement’
- 2007: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’
- 2004: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock,
- 2007: People’s Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry,’Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’
- 2005: British Independent Film Award – The Variety Award
- 2007: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure, ‘Pirates of the Cribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’
- 2004: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistrym,’Pirates of the Cribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’
- 2006: Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit: Film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’
- 2008: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama, ‘Atonement’
- 2008: Keira KnightleyAwardsPeople’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie Actress, ‘The Duchess’
- 2004: SFX Award for Best Actress, ‘Pirates of the Cribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’
- 2004: Glamour Award for Film Actress
- 2006: Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Scream Scene, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’
- 2008: Rembrandt Award for Best International Actress, ‘Atonement’
- 2015: Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast award, ‘The Imitation Game’.
- 2004: Irish Film and Television Awards – Audience Award – Best International Actress, ‘Pirates of the Cribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’
Keira Knightley Singing
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