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Keira Knightley is a model and actress from the United Kingdom. ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ are two of her most well-known flicks. She began her career in the entertainment world when she was quite young. She grew up in Richmond, London, and used to act in amateur musicals such as ‘After Juliet.’ In ‘Royal Celebration,’ she made her debut appearance on television. She went on to star in a number of television movies, including ‘A Village Affair’ and ‘Coming Home,’ to mention a couple. Her remarkable similarity to famed actress Natalie Portman landed her a part in ‘Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace.’ It was a watershed moment in her acting career for her. She worked as a full-time actress in films such as ‘Pure,’ a British thriller about drug users. She has also appeared in the ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ sequels. She has done modeling work for a number of well-known brands in addition to acting. She won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for her outstanding performance in the film ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’

Childhood and Adolescence

Keira Knightley is the daughter of Will Knightly, a TV actor, and Sharman Macdonald, a prominent playwright, and was born in Teddington, London. She has an older brother as well.
Stanley Junior School was where she acquired her early education. She was diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age and had medical therapy. She struggled in school as a result of this.

In 1993, she made her broadcast debut in the show ‘Royal Celebration.’ She played a German Princess in ‘The Treasure Seekers’ after appearing in the television film ‘A Village Affair’ in 1995. She was in another television film, ‘Coming Home,’ in 1998. In the same year, she appeared in the film ‘Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace’ as Sabe, a handmaiden.

In 2001, she resumed her studies while also appearing in the television film ‘Princess of Thieves.’ She acted in the film ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ after finishing her school exams in 2001. She was a student at Esher College at the time, where she studied art, history, and literature. She dropped out of school after a year to focus on her acting career.

Career of Keira Knightley

She starred in the British film ‘Pure,’ about drug users, in 2002. She played Lara in the television mini-series ‘Doctor Zhivago’ in the same year. Her performance as a young bride-to-be in the film ‘Love, Actually,’ which was released in 2003, was a box office hit.

Her film ‘King Arthur’ was released in 2004. Knightley plays the role of Guinevere, a Celtic warrior, in this film. Unfortunately, the picture did not perform well at the box office.
She was an ambassador for a variety of well-known brands, including Ausprey jewellers and Chanel perfume, in addition to performing in films.

Her film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ was released in 2006. The film was a big success. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ was released in 2007. The same year, she starred in the film ‘Silk,’ in which she played the faithful wife of a silkworm merchant who falls in love with another man.
She followed up her role in ‘Atonement’ with a role in ‘The Duchess,’ which was released in 2008. Her portrayal of an 18th century English aristocrat in this film catapulted her to stardom.

‘Never Let Me Go,’ based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, was published in 2010. The next year, ‘A Dangerous Method’ was published. Her amazing portrayal as a patient in this film is well-known.
She appeared in the comedy film ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ in 2012. She also starred in the romance drama ‘Anna Karenina’ in the same year. ‘Jack Ryan,’ her film, will be released in 2013.

In 2001, Major Works released the psychological thriller ‘The Hole.’ She portrays Frankie, a high school student, in this film. This film, directed by Nick Hamm, showcases her outstanding acting abilities.

In the same year, she appeared in the television film ‘Princess of Thieves.’ She played the role of Gwyn, Robin Hood’s teenage daughter, in this action-adventure film. Gwyn’s attempt to save Prince Philip is depicted in the film.
Gurinder Chadha directed the comedy film ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ in 2002. This film is about an Indian girl who has a strong desire to play football.

Achievements & Awards

Her outstanding performance in the 2005 film ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ earned her prestigious accolades such as the Golden Globe. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in this picture.
In 2009, she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in the play “The Misanthrope.”

Personal History and Legacy

She was in a relationship with actor Jamie Dorman from 2003 to 2005, and with Rupert Friend from 2005 to 2010.
In the latter half of 2011, she began a romantic connection with musician James Righton, with whom she married on May 4, 2013. They live in East London after their marriage.

Estimated Net Worth

Keira Knightley has a net worth of $80 million.


Before the film’s premiere, George Lucas, the director of ‘Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menace,’ did not reveal the name of this remarkable woman. Her mother had trouble recognizing her own daughter on the screen.