Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress, born on March 26, 1985. She started acting as a girl, and became famous in 2003 after starring in the film “Play as Beckham” and the trilogy “Pirates of the Caribbean”. She then starred in several Hollywood movies. In 2005, she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Leading Actress for her role in Pride and Prejudice.
In the following text, I will describe the life story of Keira Knightley, one of the most famous actresses of today!
She was born in Teddington, Middlesex, England. Her parents are Sherman MacDonald, a Scottish and Irish actress, later a playwright, and Will Knightley, an English theater and television actor. He also has an older brother, Caleb, born in 1979.
Knightley spent most of her life in Richmond, Thames, where she attended Teddington School and Escher College. She suffers from dyslexia, but regardless of that, she received good grades at school to the satisfaction of her parents, and that is why she was allowed to take an agent and continue with her acting career. She has starred in a number of local amateur productions, including “After Julia” and “The United States”.
Keira Knightley started acting at the age of seven, making her television debut in 1992 in “Royal Celebration”. She later starred in the television series “Bill” (1995). In the second half of the 1990s, she appeared in several other TV films before she got the role of Saba, Padma Amidala’s double, in the 1999 sci-fi blockbuster Star Wars – Episode I: Phantom Menace. Knightley got this role mostly because of her resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played Padme. The two actresses were so similar that even their mothers had trouble distinguishing them when they were wearing makeup.
She got her first starring role in 2001, when she played Robin Hood’s daughter in the Walt Disney TV movie “The Princess of Thieves”. During this period, she also appeared in the film “Hole”, a thriller made exclusively for video distribution. She also appeared in the mini-series “Doctor Zhivago”, 2002.
She became famous for her role in the film “Play as Beckham” in 2002, which did well in British cinemas, while in the USA in 2003 she earned 32 million dollars. After “Play as Beckham” raised her acting rating, she got a role in a high-budget action film, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, which premiered in July 2003. The film received good reviews from critics, and it also did well in cinemas, becoming one of the biggest hits of the film summer of 2003 and bringing Knightley to the forefront.
She also starred in the 2003 British romantic comedy “Actually Love”. Her next film, “King Arthur”, premiered in July 2004, received mixed reviews, but critic Roger Ibert pointed out the high level of craftsmanship and charisma of the actors, who contributed to the characters being much more interesting than they deserve ”. Keira Knightley has been described as looking “sexy and repulsive at the same time”. That same month, readers of Hello! they chose her as the biggest teenage hope of the film industry. Time magazine added in 2004 that it seems that Knightley has firmly decided to become a serious actress, and not to remain a teenage star.
A turning point in his career
In 2005, she starred in three films: in “Crazy Shirt”, a dark thriller directed by John Maybury, then in the action film “Domino” directed by Tony Scott, inspired by the life of the blackmailer Domino Harvey, and in “Pride and Prejudice”, an adaptation of the novel Jane Austen starring Englishwoman Elizabeth Bennett. “Crazy Shirt” and “Domino” received various reviews, but they did poorly in cinemas, but the film “Pride and Prejudice” was well-received in the United States, and in the United Kingdom it was in first place in terms of earnings in cinemas and it is the sixth a Keira Knightley film that succeeded. She was nominated for the “Golden Globe” in the category of the best actress, and also for the “Oscar”, but she did not receive any awards.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Secret of the Chest” premiered on July 7, 2006. This was followed by the films “Silk” (adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baric) and “Repentance” (based on the novel of the same name by Ian McEwan), starring James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn. The third part of “Pirates of the Caribbean – At the End of the World” premiered in May 2007. She also had a role in the film “The Best Age of Our Lives” about the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, written by her mother.
As a result of her meteoric rise, Keira Knightley became the subject of media attention. Journalists describe her as “open to the media”, although she stated that she does not want to talk much about her private life.
She was voted the most desirable movie star of all time by the readers of “Empire” magazine, she took the 79th place on the list of FHM magazine in the English version of the 100 most beautiful women in the world in 2004, the 18th in 2005 and the first place in 2006. In the US edition, she was ranked 54th in 2004, 11th in 2005 and 5th in 2006. Knightley, along with Scarlett Johansson, posed nude for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in March 2006. The English edition of the magazine announced is the most beautiful woman in the world in 2006. In May 2006, she placed 9th on Maxim’s Hot 100 list.
She advertised Aspire luxury products as well as Lux products in Japanese TV commercials. In April 2006, it was confirmed that she became the new face of Chanel’s perfume “Coco Mademoiselle”.
Thanks to Valentine’s dress, which she wore at the “Golden Globe” award ceremony in 2006, fashion critic Stephen Cojocaru declared Knightley the best dressed woman in the world. The dress was later sold to charity for £ 4,300.
Knightley’s lives in central London and sees her partner from “Pride and Prejudice”, Rupert Friend. She previously dated Irish model Jamie Dornan, as well as actor Del Synnott, who, according to some reports, tried to commit suicide after their breakup, although they both deny such claims.
Actress Keira Knightley and actor Jamie Dornan were a loving couple at the beginning of their careers, and the relationship lasted for 2 years. Dornan first worked as a model, Keira was already very well-known to the public at the time, and they entered into a romance in 2003.
Just at that time, Keira was in the public spotlight because of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Dornan was constantly under pressure because of her fame, which he talked about after the breakup. At that time, he thought that he would never be more successful than her in his life, which gave them a lot of trouble. He said that a man should be the alpha in a relationship, and that he can’t do that because of her fame and money, and constant being in the center of attention.
However, Jamie’s wish for huge popularity later came true, when he played Christian Gray in “50 Shades of Gray”, so he achieved dizzying success. It was said that Keira helped him accept the fame he received after that role.
Although there were rumors of an alleged reconciliation, the two finally broke up after 2 years of relationship. It was rumored that Sienna Miller cast an eye on Dornan, whom Keira allegedly threatened to stay away from him.
However, Keira and Jamie met a few years ago at the same celebration after the BAFTA awards in Los Angeles, but they did not look at each other, let alone speak.
Today, they are both married and have families.
Knightley said that she feels uncomfortable dressing up and that she likes the British more than the Americans, because she believes that the British care less about their appearance. She denied rumors that she suffers from anorexia, although she admitted that there is a history of that disease in her family; her appearance at the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Secret of the Chest” has sparked media speculation that her extremely lean figure has something to do with an eating disorder. In July 2006, she said she believed she had become addicted to work, noting that the last five years had merged into one.
“I can’t tell you what happened last year or the year before,” adding that he works too much and is afraid that if he continues to work at the current pace, he will hate what he loves. There is a possibility that Knightley will pause for a year in order to travel and focus on her private life.
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