The actress was born on March 26, 1985 in Teddington – a suburb of the Greater London area. Her parents are a drama writer and actor. Keira has an older brother. The debut on the set and the big screen took place very quickly for her, already at the age of seven and nine. At the age of 7, Keira starred in the TV series “Screen One”, and two years later in her first film “A Village Affair” from 1994. A moment earlier, when she was 6, she was diagnosed with dyslexia, but as she says her parents added make every effort to keep it functioning normally. As she says, the only thing left for her is that she reads slower and does not read aloud to this day.
Keira Knightley – filmography
There were several turning points in the career of the actress. The first of them was definitely a role in George Lucas’s film “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”. The film turned out to be a hit, thanks to which it allowed the actress to appear in the industry for good. The second moment, which in a way honored the actress’s talent, was casting her in the main female role in the films from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. The whole series turned out to be an undeniable hit, thanks to which Keira was also a real success. For example, it can be mentioned that the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” part alone earned over a billion dollars in cinemas. It was the highest-grossing film Keira starred in. Still, it wasn’t for all directors, let’s call it the first choice. She did not get a role in “The Phantom of the Opera”, but a year later she starred in the adaptation of Jane Austen’s book “Pride and Prejudice”. And you could say that there is no bad thing – for this role she received an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actress. Two years later, Keira starred in “Pokucie”, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA award and a Golden Globe. She also played the lead role in the 2012 movie “Anna Karenina”. However, the works of Keira Knightley are not only films. She also starred in three series. In 1993 it was the aforementioned “Screen One”, in 1995 “The Bill”, and in 1999 “Oliver Twist”.
Keira Knightley – Awards
In addition to the above-mentioned nominations, the actress has many more to her credit. The full list of them is as follows:
- 2004 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” – two nominations for Saturn and MTV Movie Awards
- “King Arthur” from 2005 – nominated for the Teen Choice Awards
- 2006 “Pride and Prejudice” – Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
- 2007 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” – nomination for MTV Movie Awards and Youth Awards
- 2008 “Pirates of the Caribbean: At the End of the World” – nomination for the MTV Movie Awards
- 2008 “Penance” – nominated for BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards
- 2015 “Secret Game” – nominated for BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
Keira Knightley – social activity
The actress is very much involved in various activities aimed at making the world aware of social problems. This may have to do with the fact that a while ago she fell victim to two bullies and, the doctors said, contracted post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her career advancing too quickly. Nevertheless, Keira signed a petition on the influence of the British government on the fate of women in Afghanistan, became the face of Amnesty International on the anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration and became involved in a project to raise awareness of the problem of the lack of drinking water in Africa. To support this action, she put her dress from one of the galas for auction. She also traveled to Sudan to draw public attention to the refugee problems. She was also involved in a project aimed at drawing attention to the problem of patients with SMA – spinal muscular atrophy. Thanks to her career and activities, she was recognized as one of the most influential women in the world of 2004.