Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightley

Born

3/26/1985, Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK

Birth Name

Kiera Riley Knightley

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Kiera Knightley
9.3
out of 10
User Rating
225 votes

Biography

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Keira Knightley is the daughter of playwright Sharman Macdonald and actor Will Knightley. She has lived most of her life in Richmond upon Thames. Her first major part was Sabe in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," as Padme Amidala's decoy. Knightley was cast because of her keen resemblance…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Keira is represented professionally by the firm United Agents.

    • In May 2008, Keira moved to France where her actor boyfriend, Rupert Friend, lives. She revealed she was missing him and wanted to be closer to him.

    • In the Teen Choice Awards 2007, Keira won as Choice Movie Actress in an Action-Adventure for her performance in Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End.

    • Keira appeared in the print ad for the Chanel fragrance Coco Mademoiselle. The ad features her naked and covering her chest with a bowler hat. Her modest cleavage was digitally enhanced in the ad.

    • After a new book titled Diana and the Paparazzi, was at the centre of a bidding war at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, it was revealed that Keira was the front-runner to play Diana, Princess Of Wales in the movie adaptation on the late royal's life.

    • After the Daily Mail suggested Keira was anorexic and responsible for a teenager's death from the eating disorder, Keira filed a live suit. Keira later revealed she was hurt by the allegations that her thin frame was promoting anorexia and she was considering quitting acting as a result

    • For her role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Keira said that in order for her to appear in it, she wanted to do a sword fight scene.

    • Keira and Lindsay Lohan were in a movie together in 2007. They met at a club in November 2007, and spectators say that Lohan was being very rude to her by ignoring her when she was talking, and when Knightley extended agreeing, Lohan looked at her and walked away.

    • Keira's movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has been one of only three movies to pass the one billion dollar mark.

    • Keira does Lux haircare products in Japanese TV commercials.

    • Keira received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Actress" in 2005.

    • The dress Keira wore to the 2006 Oscars was sold on eBay for more than $10,000 (£4,300), with the proceeds going to the charity Oxfam.

    • Keira began her acting career at the age of seven, making her television debut in Royal Celebration in 1993.

    • Keira played Frankie Almond Smith opposite Thora Birch, Laurence Fox, and Desmond Harrington in Nick Hamm's The Hole; this shallow yet tantelizing role was the one that officially got her noticed in the motion picture industry.

    • Keira dated former cast member of "Princess Of Thieves" Del Synoot. Keira also dated Irish model Jamie Dornan.

    • Keira lived for a short time in a flat with some girlfriends in the Mayfair District of Central London, a very upscale area. That came to an end due to problematic structural damages found.

    • Keira started A-levels at college studying Art, Classics, History, and English Literature, but left to pursue acting full-time.

    • Keira filmed more scenes for Pirates 3 from August to October 2006. The movie was released in May 2007.

    • Keira had her cleavage painted in for her role as Elizabeth Swann.

    • Keira was a model for Asprey in 2003.

    • Keira's mother is actress-turned-author Sharman Macdonald, who wrote When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout and The Winter Guest.

    • Keira's childhood nickname was "Boo."

    • Keira shares a birthday with poet Robert Frost, actress Amy Smart, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, and singer Diana Ross.

    • Tatler announced that Keira is the most desirable single woman in Britain in 2004.

    • Keira is member of the Heathham House Youth Project.

    • Keira once shared a $1.5 million flat with her brother--Caleb--in the Mayfair District in London.

    • Keira has dyslexia. She had to wear special glasses in adolescence to help her read.

    • Keira did all of her own stunts in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. She was thrilled that she actually got to sword fight in this one. In the first one she begged for a sword fight, but they did not let her have one.

    • Keira has denied that she has a problem with anorexia, although she has admitted that anorexia runs in her family as both her grandmother and great-grandmother suffered from it.

    • Keira has appeared on the following lists:
      AntiBloat
      2008 - #2 "Celebrity Stomachs"

      Forbes magazine
      2007 - #71 "Celebrity 100"

      FHM Online
      2007 - #9 "100 Sexiest Women in the World"

      Maxim
      2007 - #20 "Hot 100"
      2006 - #9 "Hot 100"

    • Keira is friends with Sienna Miller.

    • At age 20, Keira was the second youngest woman to be nominated for Best Actress in Oscar history.

    • Keira was named "Actress of the Year" by The Daily Mirror in December 2005.

    • Keira was 8 years old when she first appeared on TV.

    • Keira Knightley realized that there was a possibility that she may be becoming type-cast for the type of roles she was playing, which is one of the reasons why she decided to play a hard-core military girl.

    • At the Oscar Luncheon Keira revealed that Johnny Depp had been joking around with her on set about her Oscar nomination. After each take he would say to her, "Was that an Oscar-nominated take?"

    • Keira was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Pride and Prejudice. She is up against Judi Dench, Reese Witherspoon, Felicity Huffman and Charlize Theron.

    • Keira was nominated for a Golden Globe for portraying Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice in the best movie actress category but sadly she lost to Reese Witherspoon.

    • When Keira was interviewed on the Red Carpet before the Golden Globes where she was nominated for best actress in a movie, musical or comedy, she said that she ate poached eggs on toast, rice and tofu that day. She was then informed that rice was a big Hollywood no-no because it had carbs. She jokingly replied that no one told her about no carbs and that she guesses she would have to leave.

    • Keira burned herself while shooting machine guns in Domino. They were just filled with blanks, but a shell hit her in the neck and gave her a second degree burn.

    • Keira has no problem doing topless scenes but she has a butt double for the movie Domino.

    • Keira had to wear a wig towards the end of filming Pride and Prejudice because she cut her hair to film Domino.

    • Keira wore a glamorous red Calvin Klein gown to the premeire of Pride and Prejudice.

    • Keira suffered from food poisoning while auditioning for the role of Jackie Price in the 2005 thriller The Jacket. The filmmakers liked her acting, as her character is meant to have a lot of issues and pain, as well as being physically sick.

    • Keira quit school at sixteen to pursue her acting career.

    • Keira did her first nude scene at the age of sixteen, in the 2001 movie The Hole.

    • Keira shares a birthday with Amy Smart, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Diana Ross, and poet Robert Frost.

    • Keira and James Marsters won a recent poll held by The Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford, England, asking moviegoers what actors they'd most want to see playing Romeo and Juliet. Keira won over actresses such as Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, Scarlett Johansson, and Juliet Landau. About her win, Keira said, "I am absolutely thrilled to have come top of the poll, particularly as Juliet is a role I would very much love to play in the future."

    • Keira was named the most glamorous film actress by Glamour in 2004.

    • Keira has mild dyslexia. She had to wear special glasses in adolescence to help her read.

    • Keira's favorite UK football team is West Ham United.

    • Keira dated model Jamie Dornan. The pair had been dating on and off again since 2003.

    • Keira has a shoe fetish, loves Thai food, and the movie Casablanca. She also likes chocolate, especially Cadbury milk chocolate.

    • Keira asked her parents for an agent at the age of three, and had one by the time she was six.

    • Keira did the voice of her character Elizabeth in the Pirates of the Caribbean video game in 2002.

    • Keira is 5'7".

    • Keira has one brother named Caleb who was born in 1979.

    • Keira is the daughter of the actor Will Knightley and playright Sharman MacDonald.

    • Keira is trained in dancing.

    • Keira's role as the decoy queen in Star Wars was kept a secret from the public when they were promoting the movie.

    • Keira was credited as "Kiera" Knightley in the Stars Wars: Episode I-Phantom Menace.

  • Quotes

    • Keira: If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything. You'd just ask for forgiveness and then you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.

    • Keira: Well, that is a problem. If you're a Republican in America and then you're also sort of shagging anything that moves-I think that's always difficult, isn't it?

    • Keira: Well, there's always the moral question when you're playing real people. Is there any reason to do this, or are you simply exploiting somebody? Is it like dancing over somebody's grave? I suppose in a funny kind of way that it's the same thing with a great fictional character. So many people identify with them. So many people love them in so many different ways. So you don't want to exploit them either, or take the easy way out by judging them. Or, if you are judging them, then you're judging them in a way that the person would judge themselves, and not in kind of an outside, moralistic way.

    • Keira: (on her decision not to star in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie) It was a completely fantastic experience, and it was an amazingly large portion of my life, but I don't think I need to go there again. I think that it's done.

    • Keira: (dispelling rumors of an eating disorder) The rumours could potentially ruin my career because, if I had been ill, there is no way I would be able to do the action movies that I do - I wouldn't be hired.

    • Keira: (describing her dream evening) An Indian takeaway on the sofa - chicken Tikka Jalfrezi and Dhingri Mutter (peas and mushrooms) washed down with a bottle of Cobra beer.

    • Keira: (on co-star Dominic Cooper's unflattering underwear for The Duchess) We are all meant to be supportive of each other in these difficult and embarrassing scenes, but I took one look at him and just lost it ... I couldn't stop laughing because Dominic was trying to be dignified and aloof while looking completely ridiculous.

    • Keira: (on her costumes for "The Duchess") I was literally sewn into these dresses. Because of that, and the hoops, I just couldn't fit into the loo at all; I just had to hang on all day.

    • Keira: (before singing in "The Edge of Love") I went to voice coaching. I thought my legs were going to buckle and on the first couple of takes I sounded like a pubescent boy! I did go to a studio and record it beforehand so I thought when I got there I would just be miming and then on the morning when there was god knows how many extras and hundreds of crew members. I have never been more terrified in my entire life!

    • Keira:(on how she learned she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Atonement") I was sitting in my living room actually nursing a hangover when my agent sent a text saying congratulations.

    • Keira: I absolutely hate red carpet events. I don't like the fact that people write 'Oh you look like crap' [afterwards] or 'I don't like your arms'. I'm not Wonder Woman! I have self-esteem issues. Everybody does. You know, skinny people are allowed to feel **** about themselves [too].

    • Keira: (after her cleavage was digitally enhanced for a Chanel ad) Those things certainly weren't mine. I was like, 'OK, fine. I honestly don't give a s**t.' I don't have any tits, so I can't show cleavage.

    • Keira: At parties, I stand on my own, grinning aimlessly. I can never think of a thing to say. I wish I was Sienna Miller. I watch that girl and she is just fabulous. She talks to everyone and laughs and smiles. She looks as if she is genuinely enjoying herself. When I talk to her, I hope a bit of her party personality will rub off on me but it never does. She could give master classes in being the most amazing party guest.

    • Keira: (on accusations she was promoting anorexia due to her thin body shape) I've got a lot of experience with anorexia - my grandmother and great-grandmother suffered from it, and I had a lot of friends at school who suffered from it. I know it's not something to be taken lightly and I don't. But whatever people say about my weight they are all wrong, I'm just naturally thin.

    • Keira: (revealing she plans on giving up acting) The celebrity thing's completely crazy. I think I just have to move away or give it up altogether. I couldn't have kids in the situation I'm in now. But I could just do something else. That's probably what's going to happen. I made a decision very recently that I want a life instead.

    • Keira: (admitting she needs a break in 2007) It's my instinct to think 'I have to say yes or there won't be another job.' But I've been working on films back to back for the past few years and I need a break. I think I just need to take time out to get a bit more of my own life back. If that means I have to go to the back of the queue as far as acting is concerned, then I just have to accept that.

    • Keira Knightley: We had an audition. I was in an office and women came in and started stripping. They had fantastic bums and it's at that point you go 'OK, unless your bum looks like that, don't show it on film.' I don't have a bum like that so it's not in the film.

    • Keira Knightley: Nudity frightens me, but I think I will do it if I think it's necessary--or when it makes me giggle.

    • Keira Knightley: (discounting rumours she has an eating disorder) People said to me, 'How does it feel to be called anorexic?' I had no idea that I was. I'm not saying there aren't people in the film industry that suffer from it [anorexia], but I'm quite sure I don't have it.

    • Keira: You go back to the sort of Errol Flynn movies, and the real swashbuckling kind of things, and yeah, I knew about them.

    • Keira: (asked what her indulgence is) Spending time with my small circle of friends. I deal with fantasy most of the time, and I have to make time for reality. It's a real treat for me to talk to them on the phone, visit them, and have them visit me.

    • Keira: I've got a kind, close-knit family group... They're all fab and they tell me when I'm acting up and laugh at me as much as possible, which is important.

    • Keira: When I was about five, I think, I desperately wanted to be a pirate and have the hat and everything.

    • Keira: If I had a spot, in Bend it Like Beckham... a zit, you know a zit? You know a spot, a spot, a blemish, then I'd go and you know, you'd see it on screen. In Pirates of the Caribbean, they'd digitally remove it. Which is quite cool, I think every teenage girl needs that.

    • Keira: I got to kiss Orlando Bloom, get chased around a bit by Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush! It was very exciting.

    • Keira: (On kissing co-stars) Johnny Depp certainly wasn't bad.

    • Keira: I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn't matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.

    • Keira: I look at myself and I'm big. You can see proper muscles now. Ok, if they've put me on steroids and I haven't found out yet.

    • Keira: (After donating her Oscar dress to the charity Oxfam) This is such an amazing dress and I'm really pleased to donate it to Oxfam. I've seen the television reports on the horrendous drought in East Africa and know how desperate things have become, so I'm happy to be able to do something to help.

    • Keira: Three years after that I was diagnosed as dyslexic, and we struck a deal: I was allowed to start acting on condition that I would read constantly and get good grades at school.

    • Keira: In LA, I'm twice the size, height, and everything else of most of the other actresses who are going for an audition.

    • Keira: I don't read any magazines or newspapers any more, because I find it really scary and I get really scared when I'm followed by photographers. I have, on many occasions, broken down in tears because I find it terrifying. I dropped out of school when I was 16 so there's nothing else that I can do.

    • Keira: Every part I've ever got, I always thought it was completely ridiculous that I was up for it. With Pirates, I only packed for a week because I was sure that I was going to get sacked. I thought they'd made the hugest mistake.

    • Keira: I don't think about nutrition. The very thought of a diet makes me want chips and ice cream. And I just hate going to the gym. I cannot stand it.

    • Keira: (on the love scene with Clive Owen in 'King Arthur') It was part of the job. There's no point in being embarrassed about it because that is the name of the game. It was just another day at the office. A very nice day at the office.

    • Keira: Acting requires me to be very observant, which means being able to sit in cafes for hours and watch people.

    • Keira: I take my hat off to actresses there [in Hollywood], particularly the young ones, because the emphasis is on trying to find perfection. But I think it's the imperfections in people that make them perfect. I don't find perfect faces very interesting.

    • Keira: In this business, fame lasts for a second. You can be blown up and be blown down. People keep losing interest in faces because new ones come along every single second. I'm one at the moment. Tomorrow I won't be. That's cool. I'm not saying that when it does end, I'll be like, 'Yay! It's ending.' But I'll move on and do something else because that's what has to be done. It's about survival. If you're sad about it, then you're in the wrong job.

    • Keira: As a moviegoer and a woman, I want to see that, so it's great to get to play parts like that. But Guinevere is a terrifying creature. If I saw a battle, I'd run in the other direction. I'm not strong in that way at all. But I'm certainly someone who has always known what I wanted and tried to get it.

    • Keira: I was a bet. My mum was desperate for another child, and my dad told her that the only way they could afford to have one was if she sold a play. So Mum wrote, When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout.

    • Keira: I know for a fact the work is going to dry up, and people will get bored of me. That's not bitterness, just the truth.

    • Keira: We had kind of done all our wedding and we felt like the stars of the show, then sudden you've got all these other people with storylines and you think: 'Excuse me, I know you're Alan Rickman but get out of my film, please, thank you.'

    • Keira: When in doubt, faint.

    • Keira: Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh are my heroes. Not because of their ability, but because of their perseverance.

    • Keira: I'm a tomboy beanpole? I can't use a computer, so maybe I'm a bit out of the loop. I don't know whether to be flattered or not flattered. The beanpole bit, is that good? Can you be a sexy beanpole?

    • Keira: I met Barbara Walters backstage and didn't know who she was. She's an American phenomenon, I was told later. I'm just so English.

    • Keira: (On being called the next Hayley Mills) That was cruel! Nothing against Hayley Mills, but I'm trying to be cool here. I'm trying to be edgy.

    • Keira: It's scary because acting was always my salvation from school. So if anything had gone wrong at school, I could say, 'Oh, but I can do this.' But now it's the only thing. So you sort of think, 'Okay, but what happens if that goes wrong? What's the salvation?' That's a bit scary.

    • Keira: 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: (On doing her own stunts in Pirates of the Carribbean) At the end of the two days it was time for me to jump off, and Gore (the director) said to me, 'you don't actually have to jump off, I can get a stunt girl to do that. But I told him: 'I've been standing up here terrified for two days, there is no way I'm not jumping off!' So I jumped off the plank, and I got a big pirate cheer at the end from all the guys, which was a very big compliment.

    • Keira: I feel less blonde now and, er, smarter! I actually feel much stronger, too.

    • Keira: I did a film called The Hole when I was 16 and, when it came out, a couple of the popular girls at school said, quite loudly, 'She's in a crap movie, so it doesn't count.' It was rude and I was upset, but if you let that stuff bother you, you're going to be in for a tough time. I wasn't popular at school. I learned to let those comments wash over me. I toughened up quite quickly.

    • Keira: I've always been a snob about qualifications and it's the greatest irony that I left school before I could take my A-levels. I'll really feel bad when my friends get their results. And I'm going to regret not going to university. But acting has always been my dream and I have to pursue it while I can.

    • Keira: I finished filming Pirates a couple of days before my 18th birthday, and made sure I was in London to celebrate it. There's no point having an 18th birthday in America, it doesn't mean anything as you can't go out and drink!

    • Keira: Do you know that on all the sets I've been on, nobody has ever made a pass at me?

    • Keira: History was always my favorite subject anyway, and I love reading, kind of, biographies and that sort of stuff.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Beautiful Actress

    10
    There are not that many actresses that I can say are really good/great let alone on my personal fav list. Keira Knightly is one that has caught my attention and interest.



    Yeah, I saw the "Pirates of the Carabean" films (liked the first one didn't care about the sequels) but it wasn't that film that really caught my attention of her, if you can believe that. The one film that did catch my attention was "Pride and Prejudice", I didn't think I would really love that film normally those aren't the type of films I watch, but supprisingly the content of the film was great because I felt it was one of those romance stories done the right way , but besides that it was just the type of character Keira played Elesabeth Benet whom was the strong intelegent female. The way she delivered and performed was with passion but at the same time felt down to earth, like someone that wasn't unreachable.

    But it also felt she was kinda playing a little of herself in that role. This film turned out to be one of my favorate films in general (yeah I'm a man I dare say it) after that film I wanted to see more of her and well the rest is history afterward.



    And in real life I like the fact she not egocentric she rather low profile but that's a great think, those are the kind of actors and actresses I like the most that aren't attention grabbers, that's something I emphasize with because I'm also not someone that looking to be in the spotlight to much I'm just a person that wants to do my own thing and that's what she does. She is intelegent really does know what she doing and seems like she commits to each role she plays despite whatever movie it is. I can tell that she really does have fun acting because she has this charisma, energy, and vibrance to her which not just gives the roles she's in a soul but just simply her as a person.



    And this is something I just have to get off my chest so forgive me for seeming bold or overzelus (though I don't mean to) I may'be in the minority on this but I don't care it's my opininon I have a right to it but I think physically and mentally Keira is FRAKING HOT!, just one of the hottest women on the planet in my book.



    I like that her roles are most of the time strong intelgent women types though in each of the movies there are slight persona differences whenever I see her play each of them it doesn't feel completely like I'm seeing and hearing the same person. From my third favorate film with her "Attonement" her character Cecelia was the same strong female type but she was a bit feisty and stuck up in a good way. And of course a few underrated gems like "King Arthur" I really like her as Gwenavere she's probably my favorate live action version of that character, I like how she had fire, charisma, and can kick butt and that's another thing about the actress she is physically capable of doing action which demonstrates her talent does have a degree of depth and range. Though the movie "Last Night" the role she played was a little different from what she usually would play, the character Joanna is strong but unfotunately a hint of weakness which makes her fall prey to what happens in the film (which was what made the film sad for me), this supprised me and drew me in because it was something truely different. So that one other thing about Keira is that she supprises me and I hope she doesn't stop doing that.



    Recently I saw her in the movie "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" which to me is one of my favorate films of not just this year but in general; but anyway she once again supprised me because this film was a comidy let alone with Steve Carell whom is another actor I really like but anyway Keira was actually funny in the film, she was almost a show steeler, she just had some really great lines in the film. But most of all just love her character whom was once again a strong intelgent female type but on the quarky down to earth side. And this is another think I dare say but this film is my favorate Keira Knightly film (as well as Steve Carell but that's another story) take it or leave it it's the truth.



    How she'll fare in the upcoming film "Anna Karana" well we'll have to wait and see but from the trailers it looks great, so I'm going to go to the theater to see it. Keira is not just a beautiful actress but person as well.moreless
  • Keira has starred in many movies at such a young age. Like bend it like beckham, pride and prejudice, all the pirates ones,love actually, domino etc

    9.8
    She is probably one of the best actresses of our generation to be honest. She clearly talented. She can act well and you actually believe what she is showing us. I think its been a long time since there has actually been an actress that has her talent. Nowdays we have throw away actors that can barely act, or just seem to fake for the role.

    Some of her stand out performances for me are definately Bend it like beckham, pride and prejudice and definately attonement. She seems to be down to earth person. In most of her interviews she doesnt seem like shes trying to be anyone shes not. She seems relatively normal person and isnt set out to impress anyone except with her acting of course.I cant wait to see what her next movies are like!!moreless
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