Name:
Keira Knightley
Birth Date:
March 26, 1985
Birth Place:
Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK
Height:
5' 7
Nationality:
British
Famous for:
Her role as Juliette Paxton in 'Bend it Like Beckham' (2003)
Profession:
Actress
BIOGRAPHY
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Bend It Like Beckham

Background:

"I don't think I can call myself an actress yet. I just don't think my skill level is that high. I hope that with every job it gets better. But until I'm good, I can say I'm trying to be an actor, but I don't think I've completely made it." Keira Knightley

British rising star Keira Knightley gained phrase for portraying tomboy Juliette 'Jules' Paxton in Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham (2002). Due to her outstanding performance, she received London Critics Circle Film and the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema Awards. Initially capturing the attention of British and U.S audiences when she played the role of a decoy queen for Natalie Portman's character in Star Wars Episode I (1999), she received even more recognition for playing roles in such movies as Nick Hamm's dark thriller The Hole (2001), the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003, opposite Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom), Richard Curtis' Love Actually (2003, along side Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson) and box office film King Arthur (2004, opposite Clive Owen).

Knightley is adding newer films to her resume including The Jacket (2005), Domino (2005), Pride and Prejudice (2005), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (2007).

Off screen, Knightley was named Empire magazine's Sexiest Film Star of All Time, New Woman magazine's Most Beautiful Celebrity and Glamour magazine's Most Glamorous Film Actress in 2004 and was listed as the 18th of 100 FHM's Sexiest Women in 2005. She was romantically involved with actor Del Synnott before dating model Jamie Dornan. Knightley reportedly set up home in Los Angeles with her boyfriend following the rumor of her plan to relocate to Hollywood.

Footsteps

Childhood and Family:

"My dad's a theater actor and my mum's a playwright, and as a child I fell in love with the whole environment of acting and wanted to be a part of it, and I think that's very boring of me, because I never really rebelled. I should have become an accountant or something. Hopefully, one day I will. Otherwise, I'll just feel extremely disappointed in myself." Keira Knightley

Daughter to celebrity parents, Keira Knightley was born on March 22, 1983, in Teddington, London, England. Her father is actor Will Knightley (born on April 23, 1946) and her mother is actress-turned-playwright Sharman Macdonald (born in 1951). Keira has an older brother named Caleb (born in 1979).

Influenced by her parents' occupations, Keira asked for an agent at age three, but her parents turned down the idea, hoping their daughter would not follow in the footsteps. By the time she was six, she had obtained an agent and was permitted to do jobs if they didn't interfere with her education. Keira, who learned dancing as a child, entered the spotlight at age ten when she had her first television role in Royal Celebration (1993). Keira decided to leave school when she was sixteen to pursue acting more professionally.

During her free time Keira enjoys soccer, swimming, body boarding, playing the flute, and listening to Nirvana and Eminem.

Pirates' Beauty

Career:

Growing up in an entertainment family, Keira Knightley became involved in show biz at an early age. First asking for an agent when she was only a little girl, Keira eventually got her own manager by age six. By the time she was ten, Knightley had made her professional acting debut as Little Girl in the European television film Royal Celebration (1993). She received her first big screen role as Natasha Jordan in Moira Armstong's A Village Affair (1994), played Young Celia in Innocent Lies (1995), was cast as an expelled German Princess in Treasure Seekers (1996,TV) and moved on to more important role Young Judith, opposite Penelope Keith, Peter O' Toole and Joanna Lumley, in Giles Foster's adaptation of Rosamunde Pilcher's novel Coming Home (1998,TV).

"The problem for me was that by being in the film the magic was broken. I loved the first Star Wars film and my mum was really into it too, that's why I took the part. But the Force wasn't there when we were filming it, and they didn't have real light sabers, which annoyed me." Keira Knightley

Knightley's break out role arrived in 1999 when she portrayed Sabe, the decoy for Natalie Portman's character, in Star Wars Episode I (1999). Her small but impressive performance received attention both in her native country and America. She finished the decade by reappearing on British television in Alan Bleasdale's adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" (1999, miniseries).

Three more films dotted Knightley's resume in 2001. First she played the small role of a jogger in Deflation (2001), then portrayed Robin Hood's daughter Gwyn in Disney's Princess of Thieves (2001, TV) and starred as Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith in Nick Hamm's dark thriller The Hole (2001), in which she did her first nude scene.

Knightley experienced a breakthrough moment by the release of Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham (2002), a film based on British soccer phenomenon David Beckham. Costarring with Parminder Nagra, Knightley portrayed tomboy, strong-minded soccer player Juliette 'Jules' Paxton. Her brilliant performance in the film won both the heart of audiences as well as film critics. Following the huge success of the film, she netted the London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year and the Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema Award for Best Actress (along with Parminder Nagra). Moreover, Knightley was on her way to Hollywood.

That same year, Knightley appeared as a music student, opposite former boyfriend Del Synnott, in Peter Hewitt's Thunderpants (2002), played Louise in Pure (2002), was seen in New Year's Eve (2002) and portrayed Helena in an updated interpretation of a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream titled The Seasons Alter (2002). She also worked for the television miniseries "Doctor Zhivago," (2002) playing Lara Antipova, opposite Sam Neill and Hans Matheson.

Knightley's blockbuster movie arrived when she teamed up with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in the big-budget Disney Production Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), playing the romantic lead of Elizabeth Swann. Her performance in the film cemented her position as an up and coming star. She next played Juliet, a newly married woman whose husband's Best Man is secretly love-struck by her in Richard Curtis' Love Actually (2003). In the film, she joined the star-studded cast of Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson. In 2004, she portrayed Guinevere in the adventure King Arthur (2004, opposite Clive Owen).

Keira recently costarred with Oscar-winner Adrien Brody in John Maybury 's time-traveling thriller The Jacket (2005). She will play the title character in Domino (2005), and work with Matthew MacFadyen, Donald Sutherland and Judi Dench in an adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice (2005). Keira is also scheduled to reprise the character of Elizabeth Swann in the sequels Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (2007).

Awards:

  • Hollywood Film: Best Breakthrough Actor - Female, 2004
  • London Critics Circle Film: British Newcomer of the Year, Bend it Like Beckham, 2002
  • Bordeaux International Festival of Women in Cinema: The Best Actress, Bend it Like Beckham, 2002
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