Beginnings of Keira’s Life On March 26, 1985, Christina Knightley was born in Teddington, which is located in London, England. Both of her parents, Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley, were involved in the performing arts.
When her mother registered her daughter, she spelled her daughter’s name incorrectly as “Keira,” even though the correct spelling of her name was “Kiera.” The fact that Knightley’s parents took her to the theater and ballet when she was a very young child helped to pique her interest in the performing arts, particularly acting.
She made her first request for an agency when she was only three years old, and she finally got her very own agent when she was six years old. She was motivated to make the request since both of her parents had agents. She began her acting career by participating in local amateur productions, one of which being a staging of the play “After Juliet,” which was penned by her mother.
Knightley spent one year as a student at Esher College, where she majored in art and studied history and English literature. However, she dropped out of school in order to concentrate on her acting career.
Knightley made her first appearance on TV in an episode of the show “Screen One” in 1993 when she was still a child and had only starred in a few short television appearances and advertisements.
Other early parts that she played include appearances in the television films “Innocent Lies” (1995), “The Treasure Seekers” (1996), “Coming Home” (1998), and “Oliver Twist” (1999). Sabé, the handmaiden and decoy of Padmé Amidala, was a role that was offered to Knightley when she was just twelve years old for “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” The role was played by a young version of Natalie Portman (1999).
In the Walt Disney Productions film “Princess of Thieves” (2001), Knightley played the part of the daughter of Robin Hood for the first time. This was her first significant main role.
After that, she made an appearance in the movie “The Hole” (2001), the television miniseries “Doctor Zhivago” (2002), and the movie “Pure” (2002). It was not until she starred in the sports comedy film “Bend It Like Beckham” in 2002 that she was able to break through to the mainstream audience.
The box office success of the picture, which earned more than $76.7 million, contributed to her growing global fame. Knightley was able to secure the lead part of Elizabeth Swann in the upcoming fantasy picture “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” as a direct result of the positive reception she received for her performance in “Bend It Like Beckham” (2003).
In spite of the low expectations that were placed on the movie, it ended up having the best opening weekend of any movie released that year and was one of the biggest grossing films overall. In the sequel films “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007), as well as in a cameo appearance in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Keira Knightley would play the part of Elizabeth Swann again (2017).
In the 2003 British romantic comedy film “Love Actually,” which also starred Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and Rowan Atkinson, Keira Knightley was a member of the film’s all-star ensemble cast. Knightley’s co-stars included Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, and Rowan Atkinson. After that, she went on to star in the movies “King Arthur” (2004), “The Jacket” (2005), “Domino” (2005), and “Pride & Prejudice” (2005).
Knightley was recognized with nominations for the Best Actress award at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards for her performance in the film “Pride & Prejudice.” Both “Silk” and “Atonement” were released in 2007, and both were historical dramas. Knightley appeared in both of them. Her performance in “Atonement,” which was the more successful of the two, earned her a nomination for Best Actress at both the Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTA Awards.
Other movies that Keira Knightley has been in are “The Duchess” (2008), “Last Night” (2010), “London Boulevard” (2010), “Never Let Me Go” (2010), “A Dangerous Method” (2011), “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (2012), “Anna Karenina” (2012), “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014), “Laggies” (2014), “The Imitation Game” (2014), “Everest” (2015), “Collateral (2020).
The year 2013 saw the release of her debut musical film, titled “Begin Again.” In it, Knightley plays a singer-songwriter with James Corden and Mark Ruffalo, both of whom also feature in the film. Her singing can be heard on six different tracks that were included in the film’s original soundtrack.
In addition to her work in the film industry, Knightley has also appeared in stage productions. In December of 2009, she made her debut on the West End in a production of the comedy “The Misanthrope,” which was shown at the Comedy Theatre in London. In 2011, she made her way back to London’s Comedy Theatre, where she had previously performed, but this time in a production of Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour.”
Her first performance on Broadway was in 2015, and it was for the play “Therese Raquin,” which was staged in New York City by the Roundabout Theatre Company.
In addition to her career in acting, Keira Knightley has been in a number of advertising campaigns. Asprey, Shiatzy Chen, Chanel, and Lux haircare products are among the brands that she has collaborated with in the past (as the face of the perfume Coco Mademoiselle).
Private Life and Philanthropic Work
In 2001, Knightley started a romantic relationship with the actor Del Synnott. They were acquainted during the production of “Princess of Thieves.” Following their breakup in 2003, Knightley went on to have a romance with actor Jamie Dornan, which lasted from 2003 until 2005.
Then, beginning in 2005 and continuing until December of 2010, she was romantically involved with Rupert Friend, who also appeared in “Pride and Prejudice.” James Righton, a musician, and Keira Knightley started dating in February of 2011. They tied the knot in May of 2013, and now they are parents to two little girls.
Amnesty International uses Keira Knightley as one of its spokespeople. She backed them up in their efforts to promote respect for human rights. Other organizations that she has donated to and supported include Comic Relief, WaterAid, the American Library Association, Oxfam, Women’s Aid, the SMA Trust, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has also been a patron of the American Library Association.
Keira Knightley is a well-known actress in the United Kingdom who currently has an estimated net worth of $80 million. Her major appearances in films like as “Bend It Like Beckham,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Love Actually,” and “Pride and Prejudice” are mostly responsible for her widespread fame.