Born on 26th of March 1985
Keira Christina Knightley was born on March 26th 1985. She is a Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award nominated English actress, currently thought to be the second highest paid actress in Hollywood. She was born in Teddington, Middlesex, the daughter of actor, Will Knightley and playwright, Sharman Macdonald. She attended Teddington School and Esher College and acquired an acting agent at the age of 6, making her proper debut aged 9 in ITV's, 'A Village Affair' in 1994. She appeared in several more television movies in the mid to late 1990s before being cast as SabČ in 1999's, 'Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace'. Her first starring role came in 2001 when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in the made for TV Walt Disney feature, 'Princess of Thieves'. Her breakthrough role came in 2002 in the football-themed, 'Bend It Like Beckham', which was a big hit in the US as well as the UK, establishing her profile in Hollywood. She was then cast in the blockbuster, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Several less favourably received projects followed until the release of 'Pride and Prejudice', in which she starred as Elizabeth Bennet, receiving the greatest reviews of her career thus far and earning her Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. In 2006 she appeared in her second Pirates of the Caribbean film, 'Dead Man's Chest', which was shot back to back with the third film in the Pirates franchise. It was the third biggest grossing box office movie, taking over $1 billion in the worldwide box office. In 2007 she appeared in 3 films, 'Silk', an adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel, 'Atonement', an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel and in the third Pirates film, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for her role in 'Atonement'. 2008 has seen her star alongside Sienna Miller in 'The Edge of Love', written by her mother and based on the life of Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas. She reportedly had singing lessons for the role. September 2008 sees the release of 'The Duchess' in which she stars as 18th century aristocrat, Georgina Duchess of Devonshire. She has also made forays into modelling, appearing nude alongside Scarlett Johansson on the cover of Vanity Fair's March 2006 issue, and in 2007 she became the new face of Chanel fragrance, Coco Mademoiselle. She was also the celebrity face of luxury goods brand, Asprey. She has come under recent criticism for her weight, successfully suing the Daily Mail for claiming she lied about having anorexia. She currently lives in London and is a lifelong supporter of West Ham FC. She is rumoured to star as Eliza Doolittle in the upcoming movie remake of 'My Fair Lady'.
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