Keira Knightley at the Los Angeles Special Screening of 'The Imitation Game'.
Keira Knightley Biography
When Keira Knightley played Elizabeth Bennett in Joe Wright's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in 2005, it was perfect casting. She is the typical English rose.
The daughter of award-winning playwright Sharman MacDonald and television and theatre actor Will Knightley, she was born in Teddington on 26th March 1985.
She became a household name when she was 18-years-old after she co-starred in "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl."
Two years later she was nominated for an Academy Award for "Pride and Prejudice" and in 2007 she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a leading role for her part in "Atonement."
The following year she created history by becoming only the second non American to be on the Forbes list of highest paid actresses in Hollywood, reaching number two after earning $32 million.
Knightley has always known her own mind, some would say she was a precocious child. When she was 3-years-old she asked for an agent and her mother got her one at the age of 6. She single-mindedly pursued a career in acting throughout her childhood.
She appeared in two major amateur productions, her mother's play "After Juliet" and "United States" written by her drama teacher at the time, Ian McShane of "Lovejoy" fame.
Between the ages of 10 and 12 she appeared in a number of television series including "The Bill" until she got her breakthrough in films.
She has become adept at dealing with the media and refuses to talk about her private life or say anything about her relationship with her "Pride and Prejudice" co-star Rupert Friend. She is not afraid to take legal action against anyone who upsets her and on February 10th 2010 a 41-year old man was charged with harassment after constantly stalking her outside the Comedy Theatre in London. Knightley was playing Jennifer in Moliere's "The Misanthrope" at the time but, the case was dropped after she failed to turn up in court to give evidence.
She also successfully sued the Daily Mail and won a settlement after they published an article saying she had lied about not being anorexic, which had led to the death of a teenage girl. She had been influenced by Knightley and had tried to emulate her stick-thin figure after seeing her at the Premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest."
Knightley is constantly warning children not to be influenced by film stars and said the celebrity life is not what it seems. She said it worries her when they say, "I want to be famous" as since she became a household name she has felt de-humanised. It annoys her that members of the public think they own the stars and don't think they deserve a private life.
Knightley is the face of an Amnesty International Campaign to support human rights, marking the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also supports several other charities.
In 2006 she described herself as a Workaholic and felt like the previous five years had blended into one. She could not remember what had taken place in what particular year.