Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

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Born
Keira Christina Knightley

(1985-03-26) 26 March 1985 (age 33)
Teddington, London, England
OccupationActress
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)
James Righton (m. 2013)
Children1
Parent(s)

Keira Christina Knightley[a] OBE (born 26 March 1985) is an English actress. She has worked in the British and American film industries, and has starred in Broadway and West End theatre productions. She has won an Empire Award and multiple nominations for British Academy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards.

Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in 1995; she played such supporting roles as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Frankie Smith in the psychological horror film The Hole (2001). She made her breakthrough with the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, and achieved international fame in 2003 after playing Elizabeth Swann in the $4.5 billion-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the 2005 romantic drama film Pride & Prejudice earned her critical acclaim and a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards. She later became known for her roles as the heroines of other such period dramas as Atonement (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011) and Anna Karenina (2012).

Knightley's performances in independent films including the dramas The Duchess (2009) and Never Let Me Go (2010) were well received; both the roles earned her nominations at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2014, she was nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle's British Actress of the Year Award for her performances as an aspiring singer-songwriter in the musical romantic comedy Begin Again, a young underachiever in the comedy drama Laggies, and Joan Clarke in the historical drama The Imitation Game. For the last of the aforementioned, she also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The same year, she appeared in the Kenneth Branagh-helmed action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. In 2018, she was lauded for her portrayal of French novelist Gabrielle Colette in the biographical film Colette and played the Sugar Plum Fairy in the fantasy film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Knightley's West End debut in Martin Crimp's 2009 production The Misanthrope was well received and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award. She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of the 1873 naturalist play Thérèse Raquin. She was appointed as the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for her services to drama and charity.

Early life and background

Knightley attended the Teddington School (pictured in 2008) as a child.

Keira Christina Knightley was born on 26 March 1985 in Teddington, Greater London, to theatre actors Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley.[1] Her mother is of Scottish and Welsh descent, while her father is English.[2] She was meant to be named "Kiera", the Anglicized form of "Kira", a name influenced by the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, whom her father admired. However, Macdonald misspelled the name when she went to register her daughter, writing the "e" before the "i".[3] Knightley has an elder brother, Caleb.[4] Macdonald also worked as a playwright after her career as an actress came to an end. She introduced her children to theatre and ballet at an early age.[5] This furthered Knightley's interest in acting, and she requested an agent at the age of three.[6]

Knightley grew up in a modest household in Richmond, London, where she attended Stanley Junior School and Teddington School.[7] At the age of six, she was diagnosed with dyslexia but by the time she was eleven, with her parents' support and much tuition, Knightley said: "they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently". She is still a slow reader and cannot read out loud.[8] Knightley has noted that she was "single-minded about acting" during her childhood.[9] At the age of three Knightley expressed the desire for an agent like her parents', she eventually got one at age six. This led to her taking a number of small parts in TV dramas throughout her childhood.[10] While growing up, Knightley performed in a number of local amateur productions, which included After Juliet, written by her mother, and United States, written by her drama teacher, Ian McShane.[b] She focused on art, history, and English literature while studying at the Esher College, but left after a year to pursue a full-time acting career.[11]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Keira Knightley
العربية: كيرا نايتلي
asturianu: Keira Knightley
azərbaycanca: Kira Naytli
تۆرکجه: کیرا نایتلی
Bân-lâm-gú: Keira Knightley
беларуская: Кіра Найтлі
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Кіра Найтлі
български: Кийра Найтли
bosanski: Keira Knightley
brezhoneg: Keira Knightley
Чӑвашла: Кира Найтли
Ελληνικά: Κίρα Νάιτλι
español: Keira Knightley
Esperanto: Keira Knightley
français: Keira Knightley
հայերեն: Քիրա Նայթլի
hrvatski: Keira Knightley
Bahasa Indonesia: Keira Knightley
íslenska: Keira Knightley
italiano: Keira Knightley
Basa Jawa: Keira Knightley
ქართული: კირა ნაიტლი
қазақша: Кира Найтли
Кыргызча: Кира Найтли
latviešu: Kīra Naitlija
Lëtzebuergesch: Keira Knightley
lietuvių: Keira Knightley
македонски: Кира Најтли
მარგალური: კირა ნაიტლი
Bahasa Melayu: Keira Knightley
монгол: Кира Найтли
Nāhuatl: Keira Knightley
Nederlands: Keira Knightley
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Keira Knightley
پنجابی: کیرا نایٹلی
Piemontèis: Keira Knightley
português: Keira Knightley
română: Keira Knightley
русский: Найтли, Кира
Simple English: Keira Knightley
slovenčina: Keira Knightleyová
slovenščina: Keira Knightley
српски / srpski: Кира Најтли
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Keira Knightley
Türkçe: Keira Knightley
українська: Кіра Найтлі
Tiếng Việt: Keira Knightley
粵語: 姬拉麗莉