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Keira Knightley stars in "Last Night," alongside Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes, as Joanna Reed.

Keira Knightley is one of the biggest stars of the young generation. She was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Actress in 2006, for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett in Joe Wright's version of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." She was also nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA in 2008 for her performance in "Atonement," another film directed by Joe Wright, this time based
Keira Knightley in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"
Keira Knightley Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
on the novel by Ian McEwan.

The daughter of actor Will Knightley and playwright Sharman MacDonald, Keira Knightley was born in Teddington, Middlesex, in England. She made television debut at the age of six in "Royal Celebration," before going on to play various parts in television productions such as "The Treasure Seekers" and "Coming Home," the mini series "Oliver Twist," and the made-for-television movie "The Princess of Thieves." In 2002 she appeared in the mini series "Docteur Zhivago."

She landed her first cinema role at the age of ten, in Patrick Dewolf's "Innocent Lies." After that she appeared in such films as "The Hole," directed by Nick Hamm, George Lucas's "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," and "Pure," directed by Gillies McKinnon.

After her performance in the English cult comedy hit by Gurinder Chadha, "Bend It Like Beckham," for which she won the London Critics Circle's British Newcomer of the Year Award, audiences all around the world discovered Keira Knightley in 2003 in the role of Elizabeth Swann, which she played in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," directed by Gore Verbinski, and also starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. She was just 17 years old.

Following this film, she appeared in another Jerry Bruckheimer production, Antoine Fuqua's "King Arthur," playing Guinevere opposite Clive Owen as Arthur. She was also in "Love Actually," the film written and directed by Richard Curtis, appearing with Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson. She also played opposite Adrien Brody in the independent thriller "The Jacket," directed by John Maybury, which also featured Kris Kristofferson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and she was in Tony Scott's "Domino," with Mickey Rourke.

In 2006, she worked simultaneously on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," once again with Gore Verbinski as director, then headed back to Europe to make François Girard's "Silk," an adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's bestseller, starring alongside Michael Pitt, Alfred Molina and Koji Yakusho.

We have seen her more recently in "The Edge of Love," which found her working again with the director John Maybury, a film about the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which also featured Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys. She also played the title role in "The Duchess," directed by Saul Dibb, appearing alongside Ralph Fiennes and Charlotte Rampling, which earned her a Best Actress nomination for a British Independent Film Award.

Knightley also appears in "Never Let Me Go," a film based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and directed by Mark Romanek, which also features Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Charlotte Rampling.


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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: March 26, 1985
Height: 5' 7"
Full Name / Real Name: Keira Christina Knightley
Birthplace: Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK
Current Residence: London, England, UK

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