Full Name: Keira Christina Knightley
Birth Date: March 22, 1983
Birth Place: Teddington, London, England, UK
Height: 5' 7"
Quote: "Do you know that on all the sets I've been on, nobody has ever made a pass at me?"
Quote: "I take my hat off to actresses there [Hollywood], particularly the young ones, because the emphasis is on trying to find perfection. But I think it's the imperfections in people that make them perfect. I don't find perfect faces very interesting."
Keira Knightley was born on March 22, 1983 to actor father Will Knightley and actor/author mother Sharman MacDonald. She was introduced to acting when she was 11 years old; with a role in A Village Affair.
Keira's claim to fame was playing Sabé, in Star Wars: Epiosde I: The Phantom Menace, even though many people did not know she appeared in it. George Lucas, to keep part of the storyline a surprise, wouldn't allow Natalie Portman to mention the decoy queen. So in many interviews and promotions, Natalie took full credit for both the roles of Padmé and Queen Amidala.
"One of the hardest roles to cast was that of Sabé, the handmaiden that fills in for the Queen when she is in hiding. Originally we were going to use a stand-in, but that was before we found a girl by the name of Keira Knightley. She was only fourteen at the time of principle photography, two years younger than Natalie Portman but nevertheless the resemblance is striking. I wouldn't be surprised if she fools quite a few of the fans." - Robin Gurland, casting director.
In fact, Keira bares such a resemblance to Natalie that during the filming of The Phantom Menace, that their own mothers could not tell them apart once they were in costume.
But the actress herself was disappointed that the Force didn't show itself to her: "The problem for me was that by being in the film the magic was broken. I loved the first Star Wars film and my mum was really into it too, that's why I took the part. But the Force wasn't there when we were filming it, and they didn't have real lightsabers, which annoyed me."
Keira has one brother, Caleb, born in 1979, she is a member of the Heathham House Youth Project, and was trained in dancing. In her spare time, Keira likes swimming, soccer, body boarding, playing the flute, and listening to Eminem and Nirvana. She currently lives in London with her parents and her cat, Finn.
Keira Knightley Filmography
The Best Time of Our Lives (2008) .... Vera
Atonement (2007) .... Cecilia Tallis
Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) .... Elizabeth Swann
... aka P.O.T.C. 3
Silk (2007) .... Helene Joncour (completed)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) .... Elizabeth Swann
... aka P.O.T.C. 2
... aka Pirates 2
Domino (2005) .... Domino Harvey
Pride & Prejudice (2005) .... Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Bennet
The Jacket (2005) .... Jackie Price
Stories of Lost Souls (2005) .... Leah (segment New Year's Eve)
King Arthur (2004) .... Guinevere
... aka King Arthur: Director's Cut
Love Actually (2003) .... Juliet
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) (Video Game) .... Narrator (voice)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) .... Elizabeth Swann
... aka P.O.T.C.
Gaijin (2003) (Straight to Video) .... Kate (voice)
The Seasons Alter (2002) .... Helena
"Doctor Zhivago" (2002) (TV Mini Series) .... Lara Antipova (neé Guishar)
New Year's Eve (2002) .... Leah
Pure (2002) .... Louise
Thunderpants (2002) .... Music School Student (not credited)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002) .... Juliette 'Jules' Paxton
... aka Kick It Like Beckham
The Hole (2001) .... Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith
... aka After the Hole
Princess of Thieves (2001) (TV) .... Gwyn
Deflation (2001) .... Jogger
"Oliver Twist" (1999) (TV Mini Series) .... Rose Fleming
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) .... Sabé
... aka Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
... aka The Phantom Menace
Coming Home (1998) (TV) .... Young Judith
Treasure Seekers (1996) (TV) .... The Princess
Innocent Lies (1995) .... Young Celia
"The Bill" .... Sheena Rose (1 episode: "Swan Song" 1995)
A Village Affair (1994) .... Natasha Jordan
Royal Celebration (1993) (TV) .... Little Girl
... aka Screen One: Royal Celebration
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