Keira Knightley Biography
Keira Knightley biography states that she was born on March 26, 1985, in Teddington, London in England. By occupation, she is an actress and a model and has been in the industry since 1993. Knightley father is Will Knightley and her mother is Sharman MacDonald. Keira mother is an award-winning playwright while her father is an actor in television and theatre. Her mother is a Scottish and has a half Welsh ancestry by birth while her father is English by birth. The name of Knightley’s elder brother is Caleb. During her childhood, Knightley resided in Richmond and attended the Stanley Junior School and then the Teddington School. Finally, she attended Esher College.
At the age of six, Knightley was diagnosed with the condition of Dyslexia. However, she was known to be highly successful in school and was allowed to have a talent agent of her own so that she was able to pursue a career in acting. She had requested her parents for an agent of her own when she was only six and was allowed to have one when she was six years old. Knightley has claimed that during her childhood years, she was very eager to pursue acting as her career.
She had given performances in various amateur productions locally which include After Juliet, which her mother wrote, and the United States, which her drama teacher wrote. At Esher, she had her focus on History, Art, and English but, after year, she left them to pursue her acting career. She was also offered a place in the London Academy of Music and Drama which she turned down.
|Keira Knightley Bio|
Date of Birth
Keira Christina Knightley
26 March 1985
Teddington, London, England
James Righton (m. 2013)
Will Knightley (Father)
Sharman Macdonald (Mother)
Keira Knightley Family
Keira Knightley was born to Will Knightley, an actor, and Sharman Macdonald, an actress-turned-author. She wrote ‘The Winter Guest’ and ‘When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout’. Keira Knightley family also constitutes of an elder brother in Caleb Knightley.
Keira Knightley Childhood
During her childhood, Keira was unlike any other child of her age. She always liked to do whatever her parents were doing. It is indeed very shocking to know that even at the very age of 3, Keira had demanded her parents for her own agent simply because both her parents, Will Knightley, and Sharman Macdonald, had their own agents who would call them from time to time.
Keira Knightley family lived the majority of her life in Richmond. Here, she did her schooling from the Teddington School and then she attended the Esher College so that she could pursue her A Levels. However, she quit the college and the course on being offered a role in ‘Doctor Zhivago’ in 2002, the role of Lara. She had suffered from dyslexia and had some major problems. However, she was always able to get good grades in school that would impress her parents. Hence, she was allowed to have an agent for talent management and also pursue a career in acting.
A small role in a movie
Keira Knightley had been able to get herself an agent when she was only six and she did most of her work in commercials and some small TV roles. Keira Knightley career started off with ‘Little Girl’ in Royal Celebration, a TV movie of 1993, was her very first role. She then bagged a small role in a movie called ‘A Village Affair’ a year later. Some of her other movies are Innocent Lies in 1995 and Coming Home in 1998. She also played the role of a princess in The Treasure Seeker, a movie in 1996 and the character of Rose in Oliver Twist, 1999.
Keira Knightley Career
It was only after the success of her film, Bend It Like Beckham, in the UK that she began to be cast in big budget films. The Elizabeth Turner in the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, also came her way soon after and raised the image of Knightley. Starring opposite Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp, she was able to make the movie into a huge hit during the summer of 2003. Keira also starred alongside her idol Emma Thompson in the British Romantic Comedy Love Actually released in 2003. Immediately after that, she starred in King Arthur released in 2004 that opened to some negative reviews.
However, she was a very serious actress who trained for four days every week for three months. So that she could learn Boxing, archery, fighting, horse-riding, etc. for the preparation of her role. She was also voted as the most promising teen star of the film industry by the readers of the magazine Hello! Even Time magazine had claimed her to be dedicated becoming become a serious actress and not a film star.
Keira Knightley Drama
Keira appeared in Last Night, a drama, in the year 2010 along with Eva Mendes, Guillaume, Canet, and Sam Worthington. The drama was directed by Massy tadjedin. She also ended work with Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield on Never Let Me Go, an adaptation of a dystopian novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. The filming was held in Clevedon and Norfolk in Somerset. She also starred in London Boulevard opposite Colin Farrell that was written by William Monahan.
The turning point of Keira Knightley career was with her sole film in 2011 was A Dangerous Method. A historical drama by David Cronenberg starring Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, and Michael Fassbender. The story is about the relationship between Carl Jung, a Psychiatrist, and Sigmund Freud. His mentor, and how Sabina Spielrein, played by Knightley, comes between them. The film is set on the eve of World War I. The film featured at the 68th Venice International Film Festival and received some positive reviews.
Keira received a favorable reception from the critics. She had decided to back off from the movie due to the explicit scenes the movie had but decided to stay on.
She is supposed to feature along with Rachael McAdams, Richard Gere and Emma Thompson in The Emperor’s Children. Which is a dark comedy that is written by Noah Baumbach and directed by Scott Cooper? She has also joined with director Joe Wright for ‘Anna Karenina’, slated for release in 2012. Where she plays the title character. Keira has also featured in ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’, released in 2012, with Steve Carrell.
Keira Knightley Affair
Knightley affair goes that she had been involved in a relationship with Jamie Dornan, an actor, from 2003 to 2005. She has also dated Rupert Friend, her co-actor from Pride & Prejudice, from 2005 to December 2010. After separating from him, she has been seeing James Righton from February 2011.
Even though there is a history of anorexia attached to her family, Keira has denied any rumor claiming her to be anorexic. She even went on to sue the Daily Mail after they made the claim that she had lied about not having anorexia. Keira was given a settlement after the article from the Daily Mail mentioned that her physical appearance had an adverse influence on a teenage girl who died of anorexia.
The Knightleyhgtley affair ended up in 2006, Knightley had indicated that she has become workaholic and would be taking a year’s break to travel and focus on life. She also claimed to be an ardent follower of the West Ham United football club in The Jonathan Ross show.
Keira Knightley Fitness
Keira Knightley fitness is very popular for her long body, slender figure and highly toned abs. However, the actress has claimed herself to be badly cursed when it comes to cooking. keira feels that she is a disaster as a cook and can cook, at the most, one dish. Knightly has tried but has completely given up hope. She even went on to say that if one ate the food she cooks, they might as well end up having food poisoning. She also said that she would like to ask Santa to help her with some cookbooks that are easy to understand and apply.
The media has alleged time and again that the actress is suffering from anorexia. However, her mother, Sharman Macdonald has claimed her to be an eater. Sharman Macdonald, in defense of the health of her daughter, has mentioned to the press that her daughter eats like a horse. She has claimed the allegations of the press as negative and has apologized to them saying that her daughter is able to eat anything that she likes to but she is not able to gain any weight and can keep her sleek and slender look.
Though Keira Knightley fitness it has been claimed that she has always had a body that has been of the smaller size. She claims to be a curse as a cook and has also had some linked diets such as the lunchbox diet but she can always eat a lot. However, that has been of no help in making her gain any weight. She claims to have her movies to prove that fact.
Keira Knightley Filmography
|1999||The Phantom Menace|
|Princess of Thieves|
|Bend It Like Beckham|
|New Year’s Eve|
|The Seasons Alter|
|2003||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl|
|Pride & Prejudice|
|2006||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest|
|2007||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End|
|2008||The Edge of Love|
|2009||The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers|
|Never Let Me Go|
|2011||A Dangerous Method|
|2012||Seeking A Friend|
There have been several stories about Keira Knightley controversy in the past related to Keira Knightley and the size of her bosom being digitally altered in many posters and pictures. The latest such picture that has helped to add to Keira Knightley controversy is the recent ad that she has shot to advertise the new fragrance by Chanel. In this ad, Knightley is stripped up to the waist with only a pair of braces to cover her chest. However, the size of her bust in the ad appears much fuller than their actual size. Chris Bickmore, the airbrushing expert of the ad, has admitted that the skin of Miss Knightley has been smoothed and the size of her bosom has been enlarged to a noticeable extent.
Earlier, the publicity images of the posters featuring Keira Knightley that was released in the United States for the movie King Arthur also had her bust enhanced digitally whereas the same posters in the United Kingdom have her natural look and physique. She had herself pointed out the fact that the publicity posters of the film released in the United States had been altered digitally to a certain extent. Her comment had attracted a lot of controversies back then in the year 2004.
Even her eating habits have been a constant source of controversy with the media. The media had earlier claimed that Knightley had anorexia and also had an eating disorder. She had, however, claimed those to be false allegations and even her mother, Sharman Macdonald, has claimed that Keira had no anorexia. In fact, she mentioned that “Keira eats like a horse”. Knightley has also sued the Daily Mail for claiming that her physical appearance had an influence on a teenage girl who eventually died of anorexia. She was, eventually, awarded a settlement for this issue by the Daily Mail.