Keira Knightley

British actress

Keira Christina Knightley, OBE (/ˈkɪərə ˈntli/; born 26 March 1985) is a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated English actress. She is best known for her first major movie role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie trilogy, and as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice.

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley at the premiere of A Dangerous Method, Toronto Film Festival 2011 (cropped).jpg
Keira Christina Knightley

(1985-03-26) 26 March 1985 (age 36)
Teddington, London, England
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1993–present
James Righton (m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Knightley was born on 26 March 1985 in TeddingtonLondon, England. Her mother, Sharman Macdonald, is Scottish. Her father, Will Knightley, is English. He wanted to name his daughter "Kiera", after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova. When her mother went to register her, she misspelt the name. Knightley has an older brother, Caleb. When Knightley lived in Richmond, she studied at Stanley Junior School, Teddington School and Esher College.

When Knightley was three years old, she asked to her parents to hire an agent for her. They promised to do this, if she studied very well. That's why Keira was a good and diligent pupil.


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