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 to headliner Natalie Portman.
Knightley is best known for her roles in "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Pirates of the Caribbean." Most recently, she is starring in "Domino." She is currently dating model Jamie Dornan; the pair has been dating on and off again since 2003.