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Name: Keira Knightley  
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Date of Birth: 26th March 1985
Place of Birth: Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK
Profession: Actress
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Keira Knightley on the cover of ELLE magazine, April 2005.
Keira Knightley on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Keira Knightley in King Arthur (2004).

Keira Knightley (born March 26, 1985 in Teddington, London, England) is a British actress, the daughter of Sharman Macdonald, a Scottish playwright, and Will Knightley, an English actor. She has lived most of her life in Richmond upon Thames.


She started to follow in her parents' footsteps at an early stage, making her film debut at the age of nine in A Village Affair (1994). Her first major part was Sabé in The Phantom Menace, Padmé Amidala's decoy. Knightley was presumably cast because of her resemblance to headliner Natalie Portman.

Knightley is best known for her breakthrough roles in Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Bend It Like Beckham was especially physically demanding for Knightley in terms of the intense football training she underwent but opened the way for her into Hollywood. Her role in the blockbuster Pirates cemented her up-and-coming position in international cinema.

While Knightley has recently appeared in the blockbuster King Arthur, her dedication to developing herself as an actress rather than a movie star was noted by Time magazine in a 2004 feature. In July 2004, Knightley was voted by readers of Hello! magazine as the movie industry's most promising teen star. Additionally, Knightley was voted the sexiest movie star of all time by the readers of Empire magazine, leaving behind others stars such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Julia Roberts, Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

Beside acting, Knightley is currently modelling for Asprey, a British luxury items company. She is trained in dancing and is a supporter of West Ham United football team.

In 2005 Knightley starred as Domino Harvey, a famous British born model-turned- L.A. bounty hunter in Tony Scott's fact based film Domino and also as the lead Elizabeth Bennett in a film adaption of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Donald Sutherland and Matthew MacFadyen. It recently opened at No.1 in the UK box office, her sixth film to do so in her short but incredibly successful career.

She is currently filming the sequels to the immensely popular Pirates of the Caribbean series, due for release in the summers of 2006 and 2007 respectively.


Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Elizabeth Swann Filming
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth Swann Filming
2005 Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet Completed
2005 Domino Domino Harvey Post-production
2005 The Jacket Jackie
2004 King Arthur Guinevere
2003 Love Actually Juliet
2003 Gaijin Kate Short film, animated
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann
2002 The Seasons Alter Helena Short film
2002 Doctor Zhivago Lara Antipova (née Guishar) Miniseries
2002 Pure Louise
2002 Thunderpants Music School Student
2002 Bend It Like Beckham Juliette 'Jules' Paxton
2002 New Year's Eve Leah Short film
2001 Deflation Jogger Short film
2001 The Hole Frances 'Frankie' Almond-Smith
2001 Princess of Thieves Gwyn Hood Television movie
1999 Oliver Twist Rose Fleming Miniseries
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Sabé
1998 Coming Home Young Judith Dunbar Television movie
1996 Treasure Seekers The Princess Television movie
1995 Innocent Lies Young Celia
1994 A Village Affair Natasha Jordan
1993 Royal Celebration Little Girl Television movie

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