KEIRA KNIGHTLEY earned Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her
portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's "Pride & Prejudice," based on Jane
Austen's novel. Two years later, she was a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee
for her performance as Cecilia Tallis in "Atonement," again directed Wright and
based on the novel by Ian McEwan. In 2012, she starred in the title role of Anna
Karenina, where she reunited with Mr. Wright, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
and adapted by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard.
The U.K. native made her television debut at the age of six in the telefilm
"Royal Celebration." Her subsequent television credits include such telefilms
and miniseries as "The Treasure Seekers," "Coming Home," "Oliver Twist," "Doctor
Zhivago" and "Princess of Thieves," starring as Robin Hood's daughter.
Knightley landed her first feature film role at the age of ten, in "Innocent
Lies." She then starred in "The Hole," "Pure," and appeared alongside Natalie
Portman in George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." Her
breakout movie role was in "Bend It Like Beckham," for which she won the London
Critics' Circle Film Awards' British Newcomer of the Year prize. Audiences
worldwide then took notice of her as the heroine Elizabeth Swann in "Pirates of
the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," directed by Gore Verbinski, in
which she starred with Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush. She then
reteamed with the film's producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Antoine Fuqua's "King
Arthur;" and was part of the ensemble cast of Richard Curtis' "Love Actually."
She next starred opposite Adrien Brody in "The Jacket," directed by John Maybury,
and as real-life bounty hunter Domino Harvey in Tony Scott's "Domino," before
reuniting with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" team on two sequels, "Dead Man's
Chest" and "At World's End."
Her subsequent movies have included "The Edge of Love," which was scripted by
Ms. Knightley's mother Sharman Macdonald; "Silk;" "The Duchess," for which she
earned a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination for Best Actress; Mark
Romanek's "Never Let Me Go," for which she was again a BIFA Award nominee; "Last
Night;" "London Boulevard;" David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which
she starred as real-life psychoanalyst Sabina Spielrein; and, the comedy
"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," in which she starred opposite Steve
In December 2009, Knightley made her West End theatrical debut in Martin Crimp's
translation of MoliÃ¨re's comedy The Misanthrope, staged by Thea Sharrock at the
Comedy Theatre in London. She received an Olivier Award nomination as well as an
Evening Standard Award nomination for the Natasha Richardson Award. In January
2011, Ms. Knightley returned to the Comedy Theatre and starred in Lillian
Hellman's The Children's Hour, staged by Ian Rickson.