Keira Christina Knightley, OBE (/
Knightley at the 68th Venice International Film Festival on 2 September 2011
Keira Christina Knightley|
26 March 1985
Teddington, London, England, UK
James Righton (m. 2013)
Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in 1995; she ventured into such supporting roles as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Frankie Smith in the psychological horror film The Hole (2001). She made her breakthrough with the 2002 film Bend It Like Beckham, and achieved international fame in 2003 after playing Elizabeth Swann in the $4.5 billion grossing Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The 2005 romance film Pride & Prejudice marked a significant turning point in Knightley's career; her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet earned her critical acclaim and a Best Actress nomination at the Academy Awards. She later became known for her roles as the heroines of other such period dramas as the 2007 productions Atonement and Silk and the 2012 release Anna Karenina.
Knightley's transition to roles in independent films including the dramas The Duchess (2009) and Never Let Me Go (2010) was well received; both the productions earned her nominations at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2014, she was nominated for the London Film Critics' Circle's British Actress of the Year Award for her performances as an aspiring singer-songwriter in the musical romantic comedy Begin Again, a young underachiever in the comedy drama Laggies, and Joan Clarke in the historical drama The Imitation Game. For the last of the aforementioned, she also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Knightley's West End debut with Martin Crimp's 2009 production The Misanthrope was well received and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award. She also starred as the eponymous heroine in the 2015 Broadway production of the 1873 naturalist play Thérèse Raquin. Knightley is a celebrity endorser, and has been associated with brands including Asprey and Chanel. She is also a philanthropist, and supports charitable organisations, including Amnesty International and Women's Aid Federation of England.
Early life and backgroundEdit
Keira Christina Knightley was born on 26 March 1985 in Teddington, Greater London, to theatre actors Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley. Her mother is of Scottish and Welsh descent, while her father is English. She was meant to be named "Kiera", the Anglicised form of "Kira", a name influenced by the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova, whom her her mother admired. Unfortunately, Macdonald misspelled the name when she went to register her daughter, incorrectly writing the "e" before the "i". Knightley has an elder brother, Caleb. Macdonald also worked as a playwright after her career as an actress came to an end. She introduced her children to theatre and ballet at an early age. This furthered Knightley's interest in acting, and she requested an agent at the age of three.
Knightley grew up in a modest household in Richmond, London, where she attended Stanley Junior School and Teddington School. At the age of six, she was diagnosed with dyslexia but by the time she was eleven, with her parents' support and much tuition, Knightley said: "they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently". She is still a slow reader and cannot read out loud. Knightley has noted that she was "single-minded about acting" during her childhood. Knightley performed in a number of local amateur productions, which included After Juliet, written by her mother, and United States, written by her drama teacher, Ian McShane.[Note 1] She focused on art, history, and English literature while studying at the Esher College, but left after a year to pursue a full-time acting career.
1993–2002: Career beginnings and breakthroughEdit
After getting an agent at the age of six, Knightley began working in commercials and small television roles. Her first on-screen appearance was in the 1993 television film, Royal Celebration. She then played Natasha Jordan, a young girl whose mother is involved in an extramarital affair, in the romantic drama A Village Affair (1995). After appearing in a spate of television films through the mid-to-late 1990s, including Innocent Lies (1995), The Treasure Seekers (1996), Coming Home (1998), and Oliver Twist (1999), Knightley landed the role of Sabé, Padmé Amidala's handmaiden and decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Her dialogue was dubbed over by Natalie Portman, who played Padmé. Knightley was cast in the role because of her close resemblance to Portman; even the two actors' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when they were in full make-up.
In her first major role, the 2001 Walt Disney Productions feature film Princess of Thieves, Knightley played the daughter of Robin Hood. To prepare for the film, she trained for several weeks in archery, fencing and horse riding. Concurrently, she appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States. The film's director Nick Hamm described her as "a young version of Julie Christie". Knightley also took on the role of Lara Antipova in the miniseries adaptation of Doctor Zhivago, which first aired in 2002 to positive reviews and high ratings. In the same year, Knightley starred as a pregnant drug addict in Gillies MacKinnon's drama film Pure. Co-starring Molly Parker and Harry Eden, the film had its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival. In a retrospect review for AboutFilm.com, Carlo Cavagna noted Knightley's screen presence and wrote that "[although Knightley] doesn't have half of Parker's ability [...], she has spunk and grit [and] shines brightly in Pure".
Despite having appeared in over a dozen film and television roles, Knightley struggled to get a breakthrough. That changed in 2002, when she starred in Gurinder Chadha's sports comedy film Bend It Like Beckham, which was a smash hit both in the UK and the United States, grossing over $76.6 million. It also surprised film critics who were laudatory of its "charming" and "inspiring" nature, social context and the cast's performances. Knightley and her co-star Parminder Nagra, who played the central roles of aspiring footballers, attracted international attention for their performances in the film. To prepare for their roles, they underwent three months of extensive football training under the English football coach Simon Clifford. Knightley, who was initially skeptical of the project, went on to win the London Film Critics' Circle for Best Newcomer and the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. In an interview with Tracy Smith she said, "I remember telling friends I was doing this girls' soccer movie [...] And nobody thought that it was gonna be any good." Film critic James Berardinelli, who was largely laudatory of the film and the "energetic and likable" cast, noted that Knightley and Nagra brought, "a lot of spirit to their instantly likable characters".
2003–2007: Pirates of the Caribbean and worldwide recognitionEdit
Following the success of Bend It Like Beckham, Knightley landed the role of Elizabeth Swann, in the 2003 American fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. The film, which was based on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disney theme parks, saw Knightley, Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp play the roles of 18th century pirates. Despite boasting the names of Hollywood stars like Depp and Bloom and a hefty $135 million budget, Pirates was not the most anticipated release of the year, and was expected to fail at the box-office. Knightley herself was not optimistic about its prospects: "I remember being on set just sort of going, 'OK, what is this? Is this any good?" However, contrary to the expectations, the film opened at no. 1 on the box-office, and went to become one of the highest grossing productions of the year, with the worldwide collections of $654 million.
Knightley appeared in the $247 million grossing British romantic comedy Love Actually, which featured an ensemble cast, including her childhood idol Emma Thompson. The film opened in November 2003 to positive critical feedback. Knightley's sole release of 2004 was the historical film King Arthur, where she played a warrior queen and the wife of the titlular character, Guinevere, a role that required her to learn boxing, archery and horse-riding. Although the film garnered unfavorable reviews, Knightley's stature as a performer grew; she was voted by the readers of Hello magazine as the industry's most promising teen star, and featured in Time magazine's article, which stated that she seemed dedicated to develop herself as a serious actor rather than a film star.
Knightley appeared in three films in 2005, the first of which was the psychological thriller The Jacket, co-starring Adrien Brody. In a mixed review for Empire, Kim Newman wrote that the role was unlike the ones that she had previously taken up : "getting out of period gear and talking American, tries to broaden her range and is arguably well-cast". Knightley next played the titular character in Tony Scott's French-American action film Domino, based on the life of Domino Harvey. The film's release was delayed on multiple occasions, and upon its eventual release in November, it garnered negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office.
Knightley's most successful release of the year was Pride & Prejudice, a period drama based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name. Knightley, who admired the book from a young age, said of her character, "The beauty of Elizabeth is that every woman who ever reads the book seems to recognise herself, with all her faults and imperfections." Upon release, the film became a huge commercial success with total collections of around US$120 million worldwide, and garnered positive reviews from critics. Derek Elley of Variety wrote highly of her performance and screen presence: "Looking every bit a star, Knightley, who's shown more spirit than acting smarts so far in her career really steps up to the plate here". He regarded her "luminous strength" to be reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn. Knightley earned Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards for her performance, becoming the third-youngest nominee for the latter. BAFTA's failure to provide her with a nomination drew criticism from the film's producer Tim Bevan.
Knightley was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, among other artists in 2006. Later that year, she reprised her role as Elizabeth Swann in the second and third productions of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The two sequels were conceived in 2004, with the writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio developing a story arc that would span both films. Filming for the projects took place in 2005; the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest released in July 2006. With the worldwide collections of $1.066 billion, it became the biggest financial hit in Knightley's career. The third installment in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, was released in May, the following year.
Knightley's continued association with period dramas yielded varying results, as seen with two of her 2007 releases, François Girard's Silk, and Joe Wright's Atonement, the feature film adaptations of the novels by Alessandro Baricco and Ian McEwan respectively. While the former project failed at the box office, the latter became a critical and commercial success. Knightley garnered widespread acclaim and such accolades as the BAFTA and a nomination for the Golden Globes for her portrayal of Cecilia Tallis, the elder of the two Tallis sisters. In preparing for the film, where she was seen opposite James McAvoy, she studied the "naturalism" of the performance as seen in the films from 1930s and 1940s, such as In Which We Serve (1942) and Brief Encounter (1945). Critic Richard Roeper, who thought that the lead duo was "superb" in their respective roles, was puzzled by their failure to garner Academy Award nominations.
2008–2013: Independent films and London stageEdit
Knightley appeared alongside Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys in John Maybury's 2008 wartime drama The Edge of Love. The film had her play the role of Vera Williams, a childhood friend of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin Macnamara. Sharman Macdonald, wrote the screenplay with Knightley (her daughter) as Macnamara in her mind. After Knightley was signed to portray Williams, the character's role was increased with the film focusing on her romance and marriage with a British soldier. She based her performance on Marlene Dietrich, and was to mime to her prerecorded voice, prior to being told by Maybury to sing live. Knightley initially felt embarrassed while singing live: "I was shaking like a leaf", but eventually went through with the plan. Upon release, the film became a moderate critical and commercial success. Knightley's performance and singing abilities were praised by such film citics as Ray Bennett who wrote; "the film belongs to the women, with Knightley going from strength to strength (and showing she can sing!)".
Knightley then starred as the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire in Saul Dibb's widely praised period drama The Duchess (2008), based on the best-selling biographical novel, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. Although multiple media reports suggested that the use of parallels between the central character's life to that of Diana, Princess of Wales was being used as a marketing strategy for the project, Knightley denied any such connection. Gabrielle Tana, the film's producer said that the film was repeatedly dealyed as they could not find the right actor for the role; she added that with Knightley "it all happened very, very quickly". Tana also said that Knightley added a "brought an instinctive understanding" of such aspects of Georgiana's life as the celebrity issue and being thrust into the spotlight as she had herself experienced the same. Response to her performance was positive; Lidia Look of The Epoch Times praised her range in the film, writing, "She not only perfectly portrays a witty and feminine Georgiana [...], but also a caring mother, and an abandoned woman." The following year, she was nominated for a British Independent Film Award for Best Actress. A film adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear set to star Knightley and Anthony Hopkins was cancelled due to recession.
Knightley made her West End debut with Martin Crimp's version of Molière's comedy The Misanthrope. Starring Knightley, Damian Lewis, Tara Fitzgerald and Dominic Rowan, the play was staged at London's Comedy Theatre in December 2009. Knightley decided to act in a theatre production as she felt that "if I don't do theatre right now, I think I'm going to start being too terrified to do it". While she described it as an "extraordinary and incredibly fulfilling" experience, she was sceptic of her performance. Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraph described her performance as revealing "both power and poignancy" and Paul Taylor of The Independent called it "not only strikingly convincing, but, at times, rather thrilling in its satiric aplomb". However, The Guardian's Michael Billington noted that due to the nature of the role, "one could say that she is not unduly stretched". In recognition of her theatre debut, Knightley was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and an Evening Standard Award.
Knightley appeared in three films in 2010; she said that her work during the period helped her "empathise with people or with situations that I don't necessarily find it easy to empathise with". Two of the productions, Massy Tadjedin's romantic drama Last Night and William Monahan's crime noir film London Boulevard opened to mixed response from critics and rank among the lowest-grossing films in Knightley's career. Knightley's other release, Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel of the same name fared better at the box office and received positive reviews. Knightley described the script as unique, one that made the reader think. Co-starring Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan, the film was shot in Norfolk and Clevedon in Somerset. She appeared in a video installation by artist Stuart Pearson Wright titled Maze.
Knightley starred in a 2011 revival of The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman at the Comedy Theatre in London. Knightley's only film of 2011 was David Cronenberg's historical drama A Dangerous Method, co-starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel. Based on writer Christopher Hampton's 2002 stage play The Talking Cure and set on the eve of World War I, the film depicts the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein. Knightley portrayed Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young psychoanalyst who comes between Jung and Freud. The costume film premiered at the 68th Venice International Film Festival to a positive reception, while Knightley earned generally favourable reviews by critics, with Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com noting her "the real star of this film".
Knightley co-starred with Steve Carell in the 2012 comedy drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Later that year, she reunited with director Joe Wright to film their third production together, Anna Karenina, in which she starred as the title character. She deemed her collaboration with Wright as the most important of her career. Knightley garnered positive reviews for her performance, prompting early Oscar buzz. The 2013 Toronto Film Festival saw the release of Knightley's first musical film Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo. The film, which was directed by John Carney, had its theatrical release in 2014. Carney later repeatedly criticised Knightley's performance in the film; stating that she was not convincing enough in portraying a singer-songwriter and continuously describing her as a "model" rather than an actor. He later apologised to her on Twitter for his comments. Knightley revealed in July that music doesn't "sink in" for her, and she is more interested in books and drama. Later that year, she appeared in Karl Lagerfeld's short period film Once Upon a Time....
2014–present: Film resurgence and BroadwayEdit
2014, for Knightley, began with the spy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit alongside Chris Pine. It was based on novelist Tom Clancy's fictional character Jack Ryan and was the fifth film in the Jack Ryan film series. The film received mixed critical reviews nonetheless strong box-office response. Knightley's next film Laggies (2014), premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival prior to its US general-release on 24 October. A romantic comedy also starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell, the film follows the life of Megan (played by Knightley), a 28 year old underachiever going through a quarter-life crisis. Laggies opened to mostly positive reviews from critics, with Knightley's performance being chiefly praised by critics. Inkoo Kaang of TheWrap wrote of her "delightfully uncouth" performance: "She's a loose-limbed revelation as a pretty-but-normal-looking woman who just can't take things seriously enough to pull her life together."
It was followed by her appearance in Morten Tyldum's historical drama The Imitation Game, a film based on the British mathematician Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). Knightley portrayed cryptanalyst and numismatist Joan Clarke, who decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during World War II with Turing. The Imitation Game became a critical and commercial success grossing over $233.6 million. For her performance, Knightley received her second Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress. Though Lady Jean Forde, who worked with Clarke and Turing at that time felt Knightley was "too beautiful" to play Clarke and said: "She [Clarke] was nothing like Keira".
Knightley's sole release of 2015 was as part of the ensemble cast in the biographical disaster film Everest. The film was based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster with Knightley portraying mountaineer Rob Hall's wife. Everest opened to mixed review from critics. In October 2015, Knightley made her Broadway debut playing the title role in Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Émile Zola's Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54. Her performance received positive reviews. Alexandra Villarreal of The Huffington Post wrote: "She fumes, and rages, and withdraws, and you can watch her psychological evolution from stifled wife to impassioned mistress to haunted murderer". Knightley then starred in the ensemble drama Collateral Beauty (2016), alongside Will Smith, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, and earned the cast a Razzie nomination. Despite previously stating on a number of occasions that she would never return to the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Knightley reprised her role of Elizabeth Swann with a cameo appearance in 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
On 20 January 2018, Colette premiered at the Sundance film festival. In an interview with Variety to promote the film, Knightley criticized the way female characters are portrayed in films set in the modern day stating: "I don’t really do films set in the modern day because the female characters nearly always get raped. I always find something distasteful in the way women are portrayed, whereas I’ve always found very inspiring characters offered to me in historical pieces". Knightley was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity.
In 2016, it was announced that Knightley will play the Sugar Plum Fairy in an adaptation of The Nutcracker titled The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, directed by Lasse Hallström. Knightley is set to star alongside Alexander Skarsgård in The Aftermath, a film adaption of the novel by Rhidian Brook. She is also set to play Katharine Gun in Official Secrets.
Knightley has been in a relationship with musician James Righton, of Klaxons, since February 2011. They were married on 4 May 2013, in Mazan, Vaucluse. The couple have a daughter born in 2015. Knightley advocates for an equal paternity leave and has been vocal about her dislike for the expensive childcare in England. She said in an interview for the December 2016 issue of Harper's Bazaar that she had been "lucky to be able to afford really good childcare, because otherwise it would be at least four years out of my career".
Knightley went on a sabbatical in 2006, suggesting that she wanted to take some time off acting to travel and focus on her personal life. Speaking to the press in July 2014, she explained that it felt like she had reached the end of the first stage of her career, and the 2014 film Begin Again was like "it's beginning again". Knightley identifies as an atheist. In 2007, Knightley sued the Daily Mail for publishing an article about whether she has anorexia or other eating disorder. Knightley won the lawsuit, and was awarded £3,000 ($6,000) in damages. She added to this amount and donated a total of £6,000 ($12,000) to Beat, a charity for those who suffer mental illness and eating disorders.
A 41-year-old man was charged with harassment in February 2010 after trying to contact the actress on several occasions outside the Comedy Theatre in London, where she appeared in the play The Misanthrope. The subsequent trial folded after the actor was unavailable to testify in court. Another man was sentenced to eight weeks in prison after harassing Knightley outside her home and stalking her in December 2016.
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. In 2004, she travelled to Ethiopia alongside Richard Curtis, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Julian Metcalfe on behalf of the Comic Relief charity. She posed for photos for WaterAid in 2005 and also for the American Library Association's "Read" campaign (a promotional poster of Pride & Prejudice). The dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards was donated to the charity Oxfam, where it raised £4,300.
In April 2009, Knightley appeared in a video to raise awareness of domestic abuse entitled Cut shot for Women's Aid. The video created controversy, with some sources calling it too graphic, while other groups support the video for showing a realistic depiction of domestic violence. In November 2010, Knightley became patron of the SMA Trust, a British charity that funds medical research into the disease spinal muscular atrophy.
For International Women's Day 2014, Knightley was one of the artist signatories of Amnesty International's letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, in which the organisation campaigned for women's rights in Afghanistan. In July 2014 Knightley travelled to South Sudan on behalf of Oxfam to meet refugees of the South Sudanese Civil War and raise awareness of the conflict.
In May 2016, Knightley signed a letter imploring Britain to vote "remain" in the forthcoming UK EU Referendum. The letter was also signed by John le Carré, Benedict Cumberbatch and Danny Boyle among others. Later, she appeared in a video aimed at encouraging younger people to vote in the Referendum.
On 12 September 2016, Knightley, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Jesse Eisenberg, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.
In September 2016, Knightley co-hosted A Night to Remember, part of the Green Carpet Challenge, a charity event highlighting sustainability within the fashion industry. In September 2017, Knightley traded stocks on behalf of the spinal muscular atrophy charity SMA Trust as part of the BGC Charity Day which was set up to commemorate the stockbrokers who were killed during the 9/11 terror attacks.
Knightley has been described by media outlets as "famously open with media", although she herself has stated the contrary: "I don't talk about my private life." In a 2004 BBC poll, Knightley was named among the most influential people in British culture. Knightley has been listed as one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World by FHM on multiple occasions. She made her first appearance on the list in 2004, and was named "the sexiest woman in the world" in 2006. She was included in every subsequent issue up until 2009. She was a part of the American editions of the list from 2004 to 2006, and was also placed ninth on Maxim's Hot 100 list in 2006.
Knightley was the celebrity face for the luxury goods brand Asprey, Shiatzy Chen as well as Lux haircare products in Japanese television commercials. In April 2006, she was confirmed as the new celebrity face of Chanel's perfume Coco Mademoiselle, though the first photo from the campaign was not released until May 2007. She appeared nude, along with Scarlett Johansson, on the cover of Vanity Fair in March 2006. Knightley has appeared in television commercials for Chanel directed by Joe Wright since 2007, and has endorsed Chanel Fine Jewelry's collection Coco Crush. Keira Knightley is a lifelong West Ham fan 
Knightley received media attention for her perspectives on feminism, voiced in an interview for Harper's Bazaar UK published in the February 2014 edition. Knightley explained that female artists face greater hurdles in the film industry compared to their male counterparts, and also revealed that she was perplexed by the use of "feminist" in a derogatory sense: "Somehow, it [feminism] became a dirty word. I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it's great that we're coming out of that." Knightley posed topless for the September 2014 issue of Interview, on the condition that she not be photoshopped, to draw attention to how "women's bodies are a battleground, and photography is partly to blame".
|1993||Screen One||Little Girl||Episode: "Royal Celebration"|
|1995||A Village Affair||Natasha Jordan||Television film|
|The Bill||Sheena Rose||Episode: "Swan Song"|
|1996||The Treasure Seekers||The Princess||Movie|
|1998||Coming Home||Young Judith Dunbar||Movie|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Rose Fleming||Miniseries|
|2001||Princess of Thieves||Gwyn||Movie|
|2002||Doctor Zhivago||Lara Antipova||Miniseries|
|2007||Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind||Em (voice)||Short film|
|2011||Neverland||Tinker Bell (voice)||Miniseries|
|2017||Red Nose Day Actually||Juliet||Television short film|
|2003||Pirates of the Caribbean||Narrator||Video game|
|2009–10||The Misanthrope||Comedy Theatre, London||Jennifer (Célimène)||West End debut|
|2011||The Children's Hour||Comedy Theatre, London||Karen Wright|||
|2015||Thérèse Raquin||Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City||Thérèse Raquin||Broadway debut|
|2017||Let Her Love In||Shock Machine (James Righton)||The Girl with the Pink Dress||James Righton|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (soundtrack)||"Hoist the Colours"|
|2008||The Edge of Love (Music from the Original Motion Picture)||"Overture / Blue Tahitian Moon" (feat. Angelo Badalamenti)|
|"After the Bombing / Hang Out the Stars in Indiana" (feat. Angelo Badalamenti)|
|"Drifting and Dreaming" (feat. Angelo Badalamenti)|
|"Maybe It's Because I Love You Too Much" (feat. Angelo Badalamenti)|
|2014||Begin Again (Music from and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture)||"Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home"|
|"Like a Fool"|
|"Coming Up Roses"|
|"A Step You Can't Take Back"|
|"Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home [Rooftop Mix]" (feat. Hailee Steinfeld)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Keria Knightley –". Biography Today. Omnigraphics, Inc. 16 (2): 82. 2007. ISSN 1058-2347.
- "Keira Knightley". Voguepedia. Condé Nast. 2014. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1252): 30. 29 March 2013.
- Utichi, Joe (20 June 2008). "Keira Knightley On Welsh Accents and Life After Pirates". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Keira's year: Oscars, babies & Chanel". Elle UK. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- Picardie, Justine (2 September 2007). "Keira Knightley: a not so serious player". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016.
- "My daughter Keira Knightley". The Independent. 8 November 2008. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Goldman, Andrew. "Shining Knightley". Elle. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Keira Knightley biography". Bio. Archived from the original on 2 June 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Macnab, Geoffrey (7 January 2012). "Keira Knightley: 'Sometimes I just sit on the bathroom floor and burst into tears'". Independent. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
She was six at the time her condition was noticed. ... Through constant tutoring and the intervention of her parents, she was able to overcome the condition. 'I am a slow reader. ... By the time I was 11, they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently.' She still can't read out loud, though.
- Abel, Judy (6 November 2005). "Tough enough". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- Biography Today, p .84
- Biography Today, pp. 83–84
- Buchanan, Jason. "Keira Knightley". MSN Movies. Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2006.
- Biography Today, p. 85
- "Hole, The : Production Notes". Cinema.com. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
- "Keira Knightley". Sunday Herald. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
- "Pure (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 26 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- Cavagna, Carlo. "Pure". AboutFilm.com. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- Schwartz, Dana (12 April 2017). "18 Winning Facts About Bend It Like Beckham". Mental Floss. Archived from the original on 26 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Bend It Like Beckham (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- Goodacre, Kate (22 March 2015). "Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 26 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- ""Bend It Like Beckham"". CBS News. Archived from the original on 26 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- Berardinelli, James. "Bend it Like Beckham (United States/United Kingdom/Germany, 2002)". Reelviews. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Nasahwaty, Chris (25 July 2003). "Box Office Buccaneer". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
- ""Pirates of the Caribbean"". CBS News. Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl". BoxOfficeMojo. Archived from the original on 26 September 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Love Actually". boxofficemojo.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- Biography Today, p. 88
- "Love Actually (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- "King Arthur (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "In Step With: Kiera Knightley". Parade Magazine. 13 June 2004. Archived from the original on 23 October 2006.
- "Keira beats Scarlett in our talented teen poll". Hello! Magazine. 13 July 2004. Archived from the original on 13 July 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2004.
- "Keira's Quest". Time. 5 July 2004. Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- "The Jacket (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Newman, Kim (14 October 2015). "The Jacket Review". Empire (film magazine). Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- "Domino (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Gray, Brandon (17 October 2005). "'Fog' Tops Soggy Weekend". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
- "Pride and Prejudice (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 26 May 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Biography Today, p. 90
- "Pride and Prejudice". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Elley, Derek (11 September 2005). "Pride & Prejudice". Variety. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
- "The Nominees: Keira Knightley". CBS News. 15 February 2006. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Bevan Proud for Knightley After BAFTA Snub". IMDb. 11 February 2006. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Unger, Leslie (5 July 2006). "Academy Invites 120 to Membership". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Keira Knightley". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 11 February 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "Keira Knightley's 'Atonement' for Focus Features". KillerMovies. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "Behind-the-Scenes of 'Atonement'". Wild About Movies. Archived from the original on 29 December 2007. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
- Roeper, Richard (20 February 2008). "Live Oscar Chat with Richard Roeper". Ebert & Roeper. Buena Vista Entertainment. Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "Interview: Keira Knightley hits a high note in her latest role". The Independent. London. 19 June 2012. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "The Edge of Love – Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "The Edge of Love". The Numbers. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Oscars contenders break loose at the Toronto Film Festival". Los Angeles Times. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 19 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- Bennett, Ray (17 June 2008). "Film Review: The Edge of Love". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 12 August 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
- "Amanda Foreman, Historian and Author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire". Amanda-foreman.com. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2008.
- "2008 Fall Movie Guide: Preview: The Duchess". Entertainment Weekly. 29 August 2008. p. 50. Archived from the original on 9 October 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
- "The Duchess – Movie Reviews, Trailers, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 21 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- Cox, David (8 September 2008). "Keira should wear Di's tiara with pride". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- Kantrowitzsept, Barbara (4 September 2008). "Once Upon a Time, a Spencer Married Well, Not Wisely". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 6 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- Louk, Lidia. "Keira Knightley Shines in Premiere of Duchess". The Epoch Times. Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Awards for Keira Knightley". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Planned Keira Knightley version of King Lear cancelled". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016.
- Jones, Rebecca (16 December 2009). "Knightley's fear over stage debut". BBC News. Archived from the original on 3 July 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- Spencer, Charles (17 December 2009). "Keira Knightley in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, review". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 5 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
Taylor, Paul (18 December 2009). "First Night: The Misanthrope, Comedy Theatre, London". The Independent. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- Billington, Michael (18 December 2009). "The Misanthrope". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Gold Derby nuggets: SAG Awards sets calendar – Evening Standard long list includes budding stage star Keira Knightley". Los Angeles Times. 25 October 2010. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016.
- "Keira Knightley: 'I didn't feel I deserved my success'". The Guardian. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "Last Night (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- "London Boulevard (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- Jaafar, Ali; Siegel, Tatiana (1 March 2009). "Keira Knightley set for 'Never'". Variety. Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
- "Keira Knightley is all smiles on set in Clevedon". Thisissomerset.co.uk. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 15 May 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
- "Keira Knightley 'wins spurs' with West End stage return". BBC. 10 February 2011. Archived from the original on 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
- "Freud and Jung: A Meeting of Minds – Features, Films". The Independent. UK. 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
- O'Hehir, Andrew. "Knightley and Fassbender steam up "Dangerous Method"". Salon.comdate=10 September 2011. Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
- "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World". Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
- Nigel M Smith (18 August 2011). "Andrea Riseborough Talks Madonna, RADA and "Brighton Rock": What's Next". Indiewire. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- "In Focus: Acting, Vol. 2". BAFTA Guru. 15 May 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
- Rosen, Christopher (9 July 2012). "'Anna Karenina' Reviews: Keira Knightley Gets Raves For New Adaptation, But What About The Film?". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- Bray, Elisa (28 May 2016). "John Carney: 'I'll never make a film with supermodels again'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Begin Again director apologises to Keira Knightley: "I'm ashamed of myself"". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016.
- Xan Brooks (10 July 2014). "Keira Knightley: 'The criticism was tough'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
- "Once Upon a Time… A film by Karl Lagerfeld". Vogue Paris. 10 May 2013. Archived from the original on 27 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
- Taylor, Drew (17 January 2014). "10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jack Ryan". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 22 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Sundance 2014: World Cinema Dramatic Competition". IndieWire. 10 January 2014. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Laggies (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Kang, Inkoo (20 October 2014). "'Laggies' Review: Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz Star in an Exceptional Comedy". TheWrap. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Chilton, Martin (15 January 2015). "Oscar nominated Keira Knightley on The Imitation Game". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- Lee, Ashley (28 November 2014). "'The Imitation Game': What the Critics Are Saying". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "The Imitation Game (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014.
- Buchanan, Rose Troup (27 May 2015). "Keira Knightley too beautiful to play codebreaker Joan Clarke says former colleague: 'She looked like the back end of a bus'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 24 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- Travers, Peter (17 September 2015). "Everest". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Everest (2015)". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 15 May 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- McKinley, Jesse (25 October 2015). "Keira Knightley, Making Her Broadway Debut, Is Not Afraid of the Dark". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015.
- Villarreal, Alexandra (29 October 2015). "Keira Knightley Makes Her Broadway Debut in "Thérèse Raquin"". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016.
- Kroll, Justin (9 February 2016). "Keira Knightley Joins Will Smith in 'Collateral Beauty'". Variety. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
- "Collateral Beauty (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Archived from the original on 1 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
- "Collateral Beauty reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 12 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
- Derschowitz, Jessica (23 January 2017). "Zoolander No. 2, Batman v Superman lead 2017 Razzies nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- "Even Johnny Depp couldn't convince Keira Knightley to do another "Pirates of the Caribbean"". Uproxx.com. Archived from the original on 6 June 2017.
- "Keira Knightley Makes Surprising Return In New 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Trailer". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 5 June 2017.
- "Keira Knightley on 'Colette', Pushing for Social Change, and if She'll Ever Direct". Variety. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018.
- "Dalglish and Thompson head honours list". BBC News. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
- Nigel M Smith. "Keira Knightley to play Sugar Plum Fairy in Disney's The Nutcracker". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard in Talks to Star in 'Aftermath' for Fox Searchlight, Scott-Free". The Hollywood Reporter. 17 August 2016. Archived from the original on 14 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Galuppo, Mia (12 February 2018). "Keira Knightley, Matt Smith to Star in Real-Life Spy Thriller 'Official Secrets'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
- "Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan plays Sheriff Graham". Channel 5. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "David joined by young co-stars and Dustin at 'Pyjamas' premiere". Hello!. 12 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008.
- Gicas, Peter. "Keira Knightley's Latest Starring Role: Bridesmaid at Brother's Wedding". E!. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "Keira Knightley weds James Righton in France". Hub 24x7. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Keira Knightley's First Interview Since Giving Birth". E!.
- "Keira Knightley Welcomes a Daughter". People. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
- Day, Elizabeth. "In conversation with Keira Knightley". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
- "Keira Knightley's career is ruining her love life". PR Inside. 10 July 2006. Archived from the original on 26 September 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "Workaholic Keira Knightley Needs a Sabbatical". StarPulse. 10 July 2006. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- Regan, Susanna (12 July 2006). "Knightley makes plans for a gap year". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 24 May 2007. Retrieved 11 July 2006.
- "Famous atheists and their beliefs". cnn.com. Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "Keira Knightley Sues Over Anorexia Claims". People. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
- "Knightley wins weight libel claim". BBC News. Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
- "Man on Keira Knightley harassment charge". BBC News. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
- "Keira Knightley harassment case ended". BBC News. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
- "Keira Knightley 'scared every time I go outside' after being bombarded by infatuated stalker". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 7 December 2016.
- "Knightley Joins Human Rights Campaign". WENN. 10 December 2008. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016.
- Curtis, Richard (24 April 2005). "Place your cross for Africa's Aids orphans". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
- Biography Today, p. 94
- "Oxfam gets £4,300 for Oscar dress". BBC News. 1 May 2006. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "Domestic violence – isn't it time someone called cut?". Archived from the original on 5 April 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2009.
- Alfonsi, Sharyn; Shaylor, Jay; Brady, Jonann (3 April 2009). "Public Service Ads Get More Graphic". ABC News. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- "Celebrities head up the battle to fight SMA". SMA Trust. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013.
- "Patrons". SMA Trust. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015.
- "Knightley, Hayek call for women's rights". SBS. SBS. 9 March 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
- "Keira Knightley: 'They are living in hell. What bloody right do I have to cry?'". Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 October 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Celebrities including John le Carré and Keira Knightley back the pro-EU campaign". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016.
- Lee, Benjamin (14 June 2016). "Keira Knightley on EU referendum: 'It only takes five seconds to mark X'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 14 June 2016.
- "2016 Stories - #WithRefugees". Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
- "What They Took With Them – #WithRefugees". 7 September 2016. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
- "The Green Carpet Challenge in partnership with BAFTA 'A Night to Remember'". Eco-age.com. Archived from the original on 30 January 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Keira Knightley Plays Canary Wharf Stockbroker for the Day". Popsugar. Archived from the original on 11 September 2017.
- "Keira Knightley: My breasts were down to my knees". Fashion Monitor Toronto. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
- "Keira Knightley opens up". Elle. August 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "iPod's low-profile creator tops cultural chart". The Independent. 18 March 2017. Archived from the original on 21 August 2017.
- "Keira KOs Kate". News.com.au. Archived from the original on 27 May 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2006.
- Howard, Tom (27 January 2008). "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2008 – the Top Ten". FHM. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World for 2009". film.com. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "The 2006 Hot 100 List". maxim. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Keira Knightley". womenzmag.com. 9 March 2012. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Silverman, Stephen (27 April 2006). "Keira Knightley Takes Moss's Chanel Job". People. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Keira Knightley succeeds Kate Moss in ads". USA Today. 26 April 2006. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley Nude Pictures from Vanity Fair". 7 February 2006. Archived from the original on 8 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "News". InStyle.com. 22 February 1999. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "Keira Knightley Wants the Stupids to Stop Using 'Feminist' as an Insult". Jezabel. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "Keira Knightly Interview: 'Why I Went Topless On Magazine Cover'". Hollywood Life. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- "Keira Knightley on going topless in protest at the use of women's bodies as a battleground". The Guardian. 7 November 2014. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- ""The Children's Hour" at Ambassador Tickets". Ambassadortickets.com. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- "Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Olivier nominee Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut in a new adaption of Thérèse Raquin by Helen Edmunson". Roundabout Theatre Company. Archived from the original on 31 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014.