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Keira Knightley

Keira KnightleyAKA Keira Christina Knightley

Born: 26-Mar-1985
Birthplace: London, England

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Bend It Like Beckham

Keira Knightley's father was a theater actor and her mother was a noted playwright and novelist, so she grew up immersed in stage and celebrity. Knightley decided by the age of 6 that she would be an actress. Long before her breakthrough role as the soccer-playing friend in Bend It Like Beckham, she had small parts in very British films beginning at the age of 8 (A Village Affair). Her long list of pre-fame TV shows and movies includes the fart comedy Thunderpants, and Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, where she was one of Queen Natalie Portman's five handmaidens (playing the part of the decoy queen). She has since been featured prominently in several big-budget films, including Pirates of the Caribbean and its sequels.

From endless hours spent improving her soccer game for Bend It to mastering archery for her role as King Arthur's Guinevere, Knightley has developed a reputation as a serious "practicer". Playing on- and off-camera soccer for Bend It, she got two black eyes from repeatedly heading the ball. Her breasts were digitally augmented in publicity stills for King Arthur, but she has demanded no such enhancement for her subsequent films.

One of Knightley's mother's plays, The Winter Guest, was made into a movie in 1997, directed by Alan Rickman and starring Emma Thompson.

Father: William Knightley (British actor, b. 23-Apr-1946)
Mother: Sharman MacDonald (playwright, b. 1951)
Brother: Caleb (b. 1979)
Boyfriend: Jamie Dornan (Irish model, ex)
Boyfriend: Del Synnott (actor, ex)
Boyfriend: Rupert Friend (actor, cohabited late 2000s)
Husband: James Righton (rave musician, m. 4-May-2013)

    Visited Disneyland Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl premiere (28-Jun-2003)
    Entertainment Weekly's 2003 "It" List Pirates Beauty
    Scottish Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Dyslexia, Smoking

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (15-Jan-2014)
    Anna Karenina (7-Sep-2012)
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (18-Jun-2012) · Penny
    Neverland (4-Dec-2011) [VOICE]
    A Dangerous Method (2-Sep-2011)
    London Boulevard (26-Nov-2010)
    Last Night (18-Sep-2010) · Joanna
    Never Let Me Go (3-Sep-2010) · Ruth
    The Duchess (5-Sep-2008)
    The Edge of Love (15-May-2008) · Vera Phillips
    Silk (11-Sep-2007)
    Atonement (29-Aug-2007)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (19-May-2007)
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (25-Jun-2006)
    Domino (25-Sep-2005) · Domino Harvey
    Pride & Prejudice (11-Sep-2005)
    The Jacket (23-Jan-2005) · Jackie
    Stories of Lost Souls (2005)
    King Arthur (28-Jun-2004)
    Love Actually (7-Sep-2003) · Juliet
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (28-Jun-2003) · Elizabeth Swann
    Doctor Zhivago (24-Nov-2002)
    Pure (13-Sep-2002)
    Bend It Like Beckham (11-Apr-2002) · Juliette Paxton
    The Hole (20-Apr-2001) · Frankie
    Princess of Thieves (11-Mar-2001)
    Oliver Twist (28-Nov-1999)
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (19-May-1999)
    Coming Home (12-Apr-1998)
    The Treasure Seekers (1996)
    Innocent Lies (30-Jun-1995) · Young Celia


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