Keira Knightley is known internationally thanks to the unexpected success of the British comedy Bend It Like Beckham and the following year co-starring alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in the film by the great commercial success Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Got, only 21 years old, her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. In 2008 she received the Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama and a BAFTA Award for her performance in Atonement, a film directed by Joe Wright. Much appreciated her performances in the historical film Anna Karenina, in the musical film Begin Again, and in the biopic The Imitation Game which gets a second nomination for an Academy Award in 2015 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role category.
Keira was born in London March 26, 1985, daughter of Will Knightley, a theater and television actor, and Sharman Macdonald, screenwriter. She has an older brother, Caleb, who was born in 1979. Her name is of Celtic origin (her mother is Scottish) and means “dark-haired.” In 2015, during an interview with Elle magazine, says that her name was to be Kiera, in honor of a Russian skater of which her father was a fan, but the mother made a mistake to the registration of the name at the time of her birth.
Keira begins at an early age to have interest in acting: 3 years asks an agent as a birthday gift. She had to fight dyslexia which is suffering. She stated that as a teenager she had to wear special glasses that would help in reading and has also confessed to having studied the books by listening to the recordings so as to be prepared.
Given the good academic results, she is allowed to play in small productions: at nine years old she debuts in the TV movie A Village Affair, followed by numerous appearances in other, until she was chosen for the role of Sabé in the film Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) by George Lucas, thanks to the strong resemblance to the protagonist actress Natalie Portman.