Born in Teddington, London to Sharman, a playwright, and Will, an actor, Keira Christina Knightley is a mix of Scottish, English and Welsh ancestry.
She is probably most famous for her roles in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film franchise.
Though diagnosed with dyslexia, Keira did well at school. As a child she performed in a number of amateur production. Keira got an agent at the age of 6 and worked on commercials and small TV roles. Other parts followed, including "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace," "Princess of Thieves," and her breakthrough role, "Bend It Like Beckham."
But it was Knightley's role in "Pirates of the Caribbean" that put her on the map and opened the door to other high profile roles in "Love Actually," "Pride & Prejudice," "Atonement," and "A Dangerous Mind," among others. Keira Knightley said of her experience on "Pirates," "I thought I would be fired in the first five seconds" (gq.com). As for shooting the film, she said, "Wet. Wet and hot. A lot of wet. The second took two years, but in my memory, they've just been mushed in a big, hot, wet thing. When we started shooting the third one, there was no script. You'd shoot a close-up, and you'd literally be given a speech written on a scrap of paper.it was mental."
Keira Knightley has been the celebrity face for Asprey and Shiatzy Chen. She is also involved with Amnesty International.
Though there are rumors that she is anorexic, she has denied them.
Keira has said of Twitter & Facebook, "I hate the Internet. I find it dehumanizing to constantly check e-mails or social sites which have become so fashionable" (Daily Telegraph).
Keira Knightley said of speaking to the press, "It's a strange thing " I'm actually incredibly open with my mates. Or even people I meet. But seeing as it's written down " it just freaks me out."
Because she didn't go to college, Keira Knightley said she has a "massive chip on [her] shoulder," making her want to "read absolutely everything so I can prove I'm not stupid" (gq.com).
Keira Knightley said of her role in "Anna Karenina," and relationships in general, "We all want that perfect, blissful, comfortable stable part, but that's not all there is to being in a relationship. There's the jealousy and all the mad neuroses that come with it " we're sold a fantasy of what it is to be in love, but it's not that simple.. we just have to hope that we don't go mad like [Anna] and end up under a train" (vogue.co.uk).