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     Keira Knightley
Given Name:
     Knightley, Keira Christina
     March 26th, 1985
     Teddington, Middlesex, England

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Keira Knightley Biography

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 and is an Academy Award-nominated English actress. Keira began her career as a child actress, and came to international fame in 2003, after major roles in the films Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Knightley has since become a notable lead actress, having starred in several Hollywood films; in 2005 she received a "Best Actress" Academy Award nomination for Pride & Prejudice. Her most recent film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Keira was born in Teddington, Middlesex, England to Sharman Macdonald, a Scottish actress turned award-winning playwright, and Will Knightley, an English theatre and television actor. She has an older brother, Caleb who was born in 1979. Knightley lived most of her life in Richmond upon Thames, attending Teddington School and Esher College. Knightley suffers from dyslexia, but nevertheless achieved good grades in school to please her parents, and was thus permitted to have an agent and pursue an acting career. Knightley has noted that she was "so single-minded about acting" during her childhood. Keira performed in a number of local amateur productions including After Juliet (written by her mother) and United States (written by her then drama teacher, John McShane).

Knightley began her acting career at the age of seven, making her television debut in Royal Celebration (1993) and also appearing on the television series, The Bill (1995). She appeared in several more made-for-television films in the mid to late 1990s, before being cast as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Knightley was cast in the role due to her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played Padmé; the two actresses' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when they were heavily made up. Knightley's first starring role followed in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in a made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature, Princess of Thieves. During this time period, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States, and in a mini-series remake of Doctor Zhivago that was first aired in 2002.

Knightley's breakthrough role was in the English football-themed film, Bend It Like Beckham, which was a major success in its August 2002 UK release, and did fairly well at the box office upon its United States release in March 2003, grossing $32 million. After Bend It Like Beckham's UK release raised her profile, she was cast in the big budget action film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and opened in July 2003 to positive reviews and a high box office gross, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2003 and cementing Knightley as a leading actress.

Knightley had a role in the British romantic comedy Love Actually, which opened in November 2003. Her next film, King Arthur, opened in July 2004 and received mixed reviews, but was praised by critic Roger Ebert for "the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve", Knightley being described as looking "simultaneously sexy and muddy". In the same month, Knightley was voted by readers of Hello! magazine as the movie industry's most promising teen star. Additionally, Time magazine noted in a 2004 feature that Knightley seemed dedicated to developing herself as a serious actress rather than a film star.

Knightley starred in three 2005 films; The Jacket, a dark thriller that opened in March; director Tony Scott's film Domino, which opened in October, was an action film inspired by the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey; and finally Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, in which Knightley played regency Englishwoman Elizabeth Bennet. The Jacket and Domino received mixed critical receptions and performed poorly at the box office, but Pride and Prejudice did well in the U.S. and opened at No. 1 in the UK box office, and is Knightley's sixth film to do so. She received a Best Actress - Comedy/Musical Golden Globes nomination and an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for the role, though she did not win either.

Knightley's most recent film, a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel (Dead Man's Chest), was released on July 7, 2006 and she has recently signed on for the third installment.

She recently completed filming on Silk (an adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baricco) and Atonement, a feature film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel of the same name, also starring James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn.

Knightley has completed work on parts of Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, which is due for release in May of 2007; she will continue to film scenes during the last part of 2006. She was also recently cast in a film entitled The Best Time Of Our Lives, about the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, from a screenplay by her mother.

As a result of her rapid rise to fame, Knightley has been the subject of significant media attention, being described by press reports as "famously open with media" regarding her personal life. She was voted the sexiest movie star of all time by the readers of Empire magazine, was ranked #79 by FHM in the magazine’s UK Edition 2004 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, #18 in 2005, and was ranked the sexiest woman in the world in 2006. The U.S. Edition ranked her #54 in 2004, #11 in 2005 and #5 in 2006. Knightley appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's March 2006 'Hollywood' issue, with Scarlett Johansson, and was voted the World's Sexiest Woman by FHM (UK) in their FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006 poll. In May of 2006, Knightley was #9 on Maxim's 2006 Hot 100. However Knightley herself has stated "I don't talk about my private life."

Knightley was the celebrity face for the luxury goods brand Asprey, as well as Lux haircare products in Japanese TV commercials. In April of 2006, she was confirmed as the new celebrity face of Chanel's perfume "Coco Mademoiselle".

Her Valentino gown at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards won her much acclaim and even landed her the top spot on Steven Cojocaru's "Best Dressed List" on Entertainment Tonight, while the dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards was recently donated to the charity Oxfam, where it raised £4,300.

Sometimes credited as Kiera Knightley

Keira Knightley Casting Credits

The Best Time of Our Lives (2008) (announced) .... Vera
Jurassic Park IV (2008) (pre-production) (rumored)
... aka JP4 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Atonement (2007) (filming) .... Cecilia Tallis
Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (2007) (filming) .... Elizabeth Swann
Silk (2007) (post-production) (attached) .... Helene Joncour
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) .... Elizabeth Swann
... aka P.O.T.C 2 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Rummty II (Philippines: English title: review title)
Domino (2005) .... Domino Harvey
Pride & Prejudice (2005) .... Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Bennet
... aka Orgueil et préjugés (France)
The Jacket (2005) .... Jackie Price
Stories of Lost Souls (2005) .... Leah (segment New Year's Eve)
King Arthur (2004) .... Guinevere
... aka King Arthur: Director's Cut (USA: DVD title (director's cut))
Love Actually (2003) .... Juliet
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Narrator
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) .... Elizabeth Swann
... aka P.O.T.C (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Gaijin (2003) (V) (voice) .... Kate
The Seasons Alter (2002) .... Helena
"Doctor Zhivago" (2002) (mini) TV Series .... Lara Antipova (neé Guishar)
New Year's Eve (2002) .... Leah
Pure (2002) .... Louise
Thunderpants (2002) (uncredited) .... Music School Student
... aka Donderbroek (Netherlands)
... aka Incroyable histoire de Patrick Smash, L' (France)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) .... Juliette 'Jules' Paxton
... aka Kick It Like Beckham (Germany)
The Hole (2001) .... Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith
... aka After the Hole (USA)
Princess of Thieves (2001) (TV) .... Gwyn
Deflation (2001) .... Jogger
"Oliver Twist" (1999) (mini) TV Series (as Kiera Knightley) .... Rose Fleming
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) .... Sabé
... aka Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (USA: video box title)
... aka The Phantom Menace (USA: short title)
Coming Home (1998) (TV) .... Young Judith
... aka Heimkehr (Germany)
... aka Rosamunde Pilcher - Heimkehr (Germany)
Treasure Seekers (1996) (TV) .... The Princess
Innocent Lies (1995) .... Young Celia
... aka Péchés mortels, Les (France)
"The Bill"
- Swan Song (1995) TV Episode .... Sheena Rose
A Village Affair (1994) .... Natasha Jordan
Royal Celebration (1993) (TV) .... Little Girl
... aka Screen One: Royal Celebration (UK: series title)
Thunderpants (2002) (very special thanks)
... aka Donderbroek (Netherlands)
... aka Incroyable histoire de Patrick Smash, L' (France)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) (background singer: "Hot Hot Hot")
... aka Kick It Like Beckham (Germany)
Deflation (2001) (grip)
- Johnny Depp: Under His Skin (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
"Entertainment Tonight"
... aka E.T. (USA: informal title)
... aka ET Weekend (Australia: weekend title)
... aka Entertainment This Week (weekend title)
... aka This Week in Entertainment (USA: weekend title)
- Episode dated 7 March 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
I Am a Bounty Hunter: Domino Harvey's Life (2006) (V) .... Herself
"Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show"
- Episode dated 17 February 2006 (2006) TV Episode .... Herself
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2006 Golden Globe Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself
- Episode #1.1 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien"
- Episode dated 11 November 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Daily Show"
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (USA: new title)
... aka The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition (International: English title: cut version)
- Episode dated 9 November 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"HBO First Look"
- Pride & Prejudice (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 14 October 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
- Episode dated 10 October 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 24 June 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 9 September 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 5 September 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself
The Jacket: Project History and Deleted Scenes (2005) (V) .... Herself
Comic Relief: Red Nose Night Live 05 (2005) (TV) .... Herself
King Arthur: A Roundtable Discussion (2005) (V) .... Herself
Blood on the Land: The Making of a King (2005) (V) .... Herself
52 Most Irresistible Women (2004) (TV) .... Herself
"This Morning"
... aka This Morning with Richard and Judy (UK: informal title)
- Episode dated 16 July 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
- Episode dated 14 July 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
Starz Special: On the Set of 'King Arthur' (2004) (TV) .... Guinevere
"Late Show with David Letterman"
... aka Late Show Backstage (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
... aka The Late Show (USA: informal short title)
- Episode dated 29 June 2004 (2004) TV Episode .... Herself
An Epic at Sea: The Making of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' (2003) (V) .... Herself
"Tinseltown TV"
- Episode dated 15 November 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
"The View"
- Episode dated 8 April 2003 (2003) TV Episode .... Herself
She Shoots, She Scores: The Making of 'Bend It Like Beckham' (2003) (V) .... Herself
"Corazón de..."
- Episode dated 13 September 2005 (2005) TV Episode .... Herself