Keira Christina Knightley, OBE, is a British actress. She made her feature film debut in 1995. She gained wider recognition for playing Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Knightley received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for starring as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. She was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.
About Keira Knightley in brief
Keira Christina Knightley, OBE, is a British actress. She made her feature film debut in 1995. She gained wider recognition for playing Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Knightley received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for starring as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice. She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of Thérèse Raquin. She was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. She is known for her outspoken stance on social issues, and has worked extensively with Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Comic Relief. Her dialogue was dubbed by Natalie Portman, who played Sabmala in The Phantom Star – The Phantom Wars – Episode I – because of her close resemblance to her. She trained for several weeks in archery, fencing, horse riding, and horse riding for the film The Hole, a direct-to-video thriller that received a direct release in the U.S. in the summer of 2013. She has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Independent Film Awards. She received her second Academy Award nomination for portraying Joan Clarke in the historical film The Imitation Game, as she continued to experiment with comedic and dramatic roles in the musical film Begin Again. She appeared in Martin Crimp’s 2009 West End production of The Misanthrope, which earned her a Laurence Olivier Award. Her first on-screen appearance was in the 1993 Screen One television episode titled \”Royal Celebration\”.
She then played Natasha Jordan, a young girl whose mother is involved in an extramarital affair, in the romantic drama A Village Affair. After appearing in a spate of television films through the mid- to-late 1990s, including Innocent Lies, The Treasure Seekers, Coming Home, and Oliver Twist, Knightley landed the role of Sabméé Amidé in 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. She played the daughter of Robin Hood in the 2001 Walt Disney Productions film Princess of Thieves, To The Thieves. Her mother is Scottish, her father is English, and she has an elder brother, Caleb. At the age of six, she was diagnosed with dyslexia but by the time she was eleven, with her parents’ support, she said, ‘they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently’. She said she was ‘single-minded about acting’ and got an agent like her parents at age six. This led to her taking a number of small parts in TV dramas. She focused on art, history, and English literature while studying at the Esher College, but left after a year to pursue an acting career. Her parents introduced her children to theatre and ballet very early, and this furthered Knightley’s interest in acting. She was meant to be named ‘Kiera’ after Kira Ivanova, whom her father admired. However, her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her daughter, writing the ‘e’ before the “i’