Keira Knightley gained international recognition in the indie film hit Bend It Like Beckham and went on to star, alongside Johnny Depp, in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy. She recently gained acclaim in The Duchess, directed by Saul Dibb.
In 2006, she was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright. She again received a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a BAFTA nomination, in 2008 for her leading role in Atonement, also for Joe Wright.
Knightley’s variety of starring roles include playing the title character in Tony Scott’s action movie Domino; Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur, in which she starred as Guinevere opposite Clive Owen; director John Maybury’s Edge of Love; and Richard Curtis’ romantic comedy Love, Actually.
Keira Knightley began her acting career at the age of six, having asked her parents, playwright Sharman McDonald and actor Will Knightley, for an agent at the age of three. Early television appearances culminated in the role of Lara in the made-for-television epic “Doctor Zhivago,” which in turn launched her film career.
In 2009, she made her debut on stage in Martin Crimp’s London’s West End production of “The Misanthrope,” opposite Damien Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald.
Knightley is currently appearing in Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, adapted from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and will next be seen in the contemporary romantic drama Last Night.