Mar. 26th, 1985
Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK
Keira Knightley's Main TV Roles
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The daughter of actor 'Will Knightley' and playwright 'Sharman Macdonald'. After she requested an agent at the age of three, her parents allowed her to work on productions in her summer holidays.
Her first role was at the age of 9, in Moira Armstrong's A Village Affair (1995). However, Knightley's first high profile role came in 1999, as Sabe, Decoy Queen to Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Since then she has completed an impressive array of films including The Hole (2001), but is probably best known for her role of tomboy footballer Jules Paxton in Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham (2002).
- The Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford, England, held a 2004 poll asking movie viewers to vote for the actor and actress they would love to see play Romeo and Juliet, and the winners were Knightley and 'James Marsters' (qv). More than 2,000 people voted for more than 150 different actors for both roles. Keira triumphed over 'Kate Winslet' (qv), 'Nicole Kidman' (qv), 'Scarlett Johansson' (qv), and 'Juliet Landau' (qv) in the vote. Knightley said, "I am absolutely thrilled to have come top of the poll, particularly as Juliet is a role I would very much love to play in the future." (April 23, 2004)
- Her role as the decoy queen in _Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)_ (qv) was kept secret in order to not spoil the surprise, it was maintained through the promotions that Portman played both the Queen and the decoy.
- Named #9 on MAXIM magazines "Hot 100" list of 2006
- Her hero is her cast mate in _Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)_ (qv), 'Geoffrey Rush' (qv).
- Was ranked #10 on Forbes List of The 20 Top-Earning Young Superstars.(2007).
- Has dyslexia. She had to wear special glasses in adolescence to help her read.
- She attended a pre-Emmy party where she purchased a $7,500 pair of earrings.
- Her 21st birthday party cost more than $30,000. Actors, designers, and other industry types attended.