Keira Christina Knightley ( born 26
March 1985) is an English actress and model. She began acting
as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995.
Knightley had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars Episode I:
The Phantom Menace (1999) and her first significant role came in
The Hole (2001). She gained widespread recognition in 2002 after
co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved
international fame in 2003 as a result of appearing as Elizabeth
Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–07).
Since the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Knightley has become
best known for starring in period drama films, such as Pride &
Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Silk (2007), The Duchess
(2008), A Dangerous Method (2011), and Anna Karenina (2012).
Knightley has also appeared in a variety of genres of Hollywood
films, including the romantic comedy Love Actually (2003), the
historical action King Arthur (2004), the psychological thriller
The Jacket (2005), biographical action Domino (2005), the drama
The Edge of Love (2008), the film noir London Boulevard (2010),
the dystopian science fiction Never Let Me Go (2010), the
romantic drama Last Night (2010), and the dark comedy Seeking a
Friend for the End of the World (2012). Knightley has earned
nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth
Bennet in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel
Pride and Prejudice. Two years later she was nominated again for
the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA
Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in
Wright's Atonement. In 2008, Forbes claimed Knightley to be the
second highest-paid actress in Hollywood, having reportedly
earned $32 million in 2007, making her the only non-American on
the list of highest-paid actresses.