Keira Knightley

Keira Christina Knightley (born 26 March 1985) is an English actress. She has starred in both independent films and big-budget blockbusters, and is particularly noted for her roles in period dramas. Her accolades include two Empire Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award and one Laurence Olivier Award. Knightley was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. Born in London to actors Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald, Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials and television films. She appeared as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's handmaiden, in science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999). Knightley had a break-through role portraying a tomboy footballer in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002). She achieved global stardom with her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann in fantasy swashbuckler series Pirates of the Caribbean. In the same year, she appeared in the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually (2003) and was labelled a promising teen star. For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 20, she became the third-youngest Best Actress nominee at the time. Knightley starred in a series of further period pieces, portraying a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), ...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 18th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gore Verbinski
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Keira Knightley

Jack Sparrow, a freewheeling 18th-century pirate, quarrels with a rival pirate bent on pillaging Port Royal. When the governor's daughter is kidnapped, Sparrow decides to help the girl's love save her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gore Verbinski
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Geoffrey Rush  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Keira Knightley

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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A story of love and life among the landed English gentry during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters, but if he dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Simon Woods

A story of love and life among the landed English gentry during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters, but if he dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Simon Woods

Atonement (2007)

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As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gurinder Chadha
CAST:  Parminder Nagra  •  Keira Knightley  •  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Anupam Kher

Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gurinder Chadha
CAST:  Parminder Nagra  •  Keira Knightley  •  Jonathan Rhys Meyers  •  Anupam Kher

Domino (2005)

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The story of the life of Domino Harvey, who abandoned her career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Edgar Ramírez  •  Delroy Lindo

The story of the life of Domino Harvey, who abandoned her career as a Ford model to become a bounty hunter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Edgar Ramírez  •  Delroy Lindo

King Arthur (2004)

The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, Lucius Artorius Castus is the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Ioan Gruffudd  •  Keira Knightley  •  Mads Mikkelsen

The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, Lucius Artorius Castus is the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Ioan Gruffudd  •  Keira Knightley  •  Mads Mikkelsen

Love Actually (2003)

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Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Colin Firth  •  Sienna Guillory

Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Colin Firth  •  Sienna Guillory

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

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Captain Barbossa, long believed to be dead, has come back to life and is headed to the edge of the Earth with Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. But nothing is quite as it seems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gore Verbinski
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Keira Knightley  •  Chow Yun-Fat

Captain Barbossa, long believed to be dead, has come back to life and is headed to the edge of the Earth with Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. But nothing is quite as it seems.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gore Verbinski
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Keira Knightley  •  Chow Yun-Fat

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

FunnyAction-packedBrilliant

Captain Jack Sparrow works his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davy Jones to avoid eternal damnation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gore Verbinski
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Keira Knightley  •  Bill Nighy

Captain Jack Sparrow works his way out of a blood debt with the ghostly Davy Jones to avoid eternal damnation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gore Verbinski
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Orlando Bloom  •  Keira Knightley  •  Bill Nighy

Silk (2007)

Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, this visually stunning film tells the story of a French trader who finds unexpected love far away from home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Girard
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Michael Pitt  •  Kenneth Welsh  •  Kōji Yakusho

Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, this visually stunning film tells the story of a French trader who finds unexpected love far away from home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Girard
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Michael Pitt  •  Kenneth Welsh  •  Kōji Yakusho

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Liam Neeson  •  Ian McDiarmid

Anakin Skywalker, a young slave strong with the Force, is discovered on Tatooine. Meanwhile, the evil Sith have returned, enacting their plot for revenge against the Jedi.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Liam Neeson  •  Ian McDiarmid

The Hole (2001)

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hamm
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Desmond Harrington  •  Keira Knightley  •  Laurence Fox

Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hamm
CAST:  Thora Birch  •  Desmond Harrington  •  Keira Knightley  •  Laurence Fox

The Jacket (2005)

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A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Maybury
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Keira Knightley  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Maybury
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Keira Knightley  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Jennifer Jason Leigh

Thunderpants (2002)

An 11-year-old boy's amazing ability to break wind leads him first to fame and then to death row, before it helps him to fulfill his ambition of becoming an astronaut.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hewitt
CAST:  Bruce Cook  •  Rupert Grint  •  Simon Callow  •  Stephen Fry

An 11-year-old boy's amazing ability to break wind leads him first to fame and then to death row, before it helps him to fulfill his ambition of becoming an astronaut.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hewitt
CAST:  Bruce Cook  •  Rupert Grint  •  Simon Callow  •  Stephen Fry

Princess of Thieves (2001)

Sherwood forest has a courageous new hero - Gwyn, the daughter of Robin Hood. Possessing the cunning skills of her legendary father and the beauty and intelligence of her mother Maid Marian, Gwyn is anxious to follow in her father's footsteps. King Richard nears ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hewitt
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  David Barrass  •  Stephen Moyer  •  Malcolm McDowell

Sherwood forest has a courageous new hero - Gwyn, the daughter of Robin Hood. Possessing the cunning skills of her legendary father and the beauty and intelligence of her mother Maid Marian, Gwyn is anxious to follow in her father's footsteps. King Richard nears ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hewitt
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  David Barrass  •  Stephen Moyer  •  Malcolm McDowell

The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers (2009)

A sinister fairytale depicting the lives of two brothers and their daily suicide attempts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Corran Brownlee  •  Arran Brownlee
CAST:  Tom Mison  •  Rupert Friend  •  Keira Knightley

A sinister fairytale depicting the lives of two brothers and their daily suicide attempts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Corran Brownlee  •  Arran Brownlee
CAST:  Tom Mison  •  Rupert Friend  •  Keira Knightley

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

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Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Rønning  •  Espen Sandberg
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Javier Bardem  •  Brenton Thwaites  •  Kaya Scodelario

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Capt. Jack Sparrow feels the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Capt. Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle. Jack's only hope of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joachim Rønning  •  Espen Sandberg
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Javier Bardem  •  Brenton Thwaites  •  Kaya Scodelario

Steve (2010)

A young couple begin to receive daily visits from their downstairs neighbor, Steve. Steve draws attention to various practical problems and is eager to have tea, but what is really on his mind?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rupert Friend
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Tom Mison  •  Colin Firth

A young couple begin to receive daily visits from their downstairs neighbor, Steve. Steve draws attention to various practical problems and is eager to have tea, but what is really on his mind?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rupert Friend
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Tom Mison  •  Colin Firth

A Dangerous Method (2011)

Thought provoking

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Keira Knightley  •  Michael Fassbender  •  Vincent Cassel

Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein as his patient. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud. Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Keira Knightley  •  Michael Fassbender  •  Vincent Cassel

Laggies (2014)

Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynn Shelton
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Ellie Kemper

Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lynn Shelton
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Ellie Kemper
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