1. Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress and model. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995.
2. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace .
3. She gained widespread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved international fame in 2003 after appearing as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
4. Since the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Knightley has become known for starring in period drama films such as Pride & Prejudice .
5. In its 2008 list, Forbes identified Knightley as the second highest-paid actress in Hollywood, with reported earnings of US$32 million in 2007, making her the only non-American on the list of highest-paid actresses that year.
6. In 2014, Knightley appeared in four films: the action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the musical comedy-drama Begin Again, the romantic comedy Laggies and the historical thriller The Imitation Game.
7. For her performance as Joan Clarke in the latter film, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG, a BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
8. In October 2015, Knightley will make her Broadway debut in the title role of Thérèse Raquin.
9. Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England, the daughter of Sharman Macdonald, an actress turned playwright, and Will Knightley, an actor. after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, but her mother misspelled the name when she went to register her.
10. After getting an agent at six, Knightley worked mostly in commercials and small TV roles.
11. Her first role was “Little Girl” in Royal Celebration, a 1993 TV film.
12. A year later, she had a small role in the film A Village Affair.
13. This was to hide the fact that the handmaiden Padmé was actually disclosed as the real Queen Amidala at the end of the film.
14. She trained for several weeks in archery, fencing and horse riding. During this time, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States.