Creator / Keira Knightley

"Apparently on the Internet I'm a tomboy beanpole? I can't use a computer, so maybe I'm a bit out of the loop. I don't know whether to be flattered or not flattered. The beanpole bit, is that good? Can you be a sexy beanpole?"

Keira Christina Knightley (born March 26, 1985) is a British actress who became subject to international recognition for her roles in Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Pirates of the Caribbean (2003), followed by two sequels. She has since starred in a number of feature films, theater productions, and modeling campaigns.

Knightley's first role was in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace playing Natalie Portman's character's decoy/body double, and they continue to share a strong resemblance.

Knightley oftentimes stars in period pieces playing a young woman approaching adulthood, usually the Spirited Young Lady or Rebellious Princess. She married James Righton of the London-based band Klaxons in May 2013, and gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Edie in 2015.

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  • Academy Award: Nomination for Best Actress for Pride and Prejudice and Best Supporting Actress for The Imitation Game.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: To Natalie Portman. At age twelve a then unknown Knightley was cast as Sabé, Queen Amidala's decoy in The Phantom Menace (1999), due to the strong resemblance between her and Portman, and it has persisted as they aged. Observers have also pointed out her similarity to Winona Ryder. (Keira added there are rare instances of being mistaken for Kate Winslet or Britney Spears) On The Graham Norton Show, Norton thought that her resemblance to Portman would have ruined her career because "We've got one of those already!" and Keira joked the reason it didn't was because she "grew two feet taller" and became the "stretched version"!
  • Character Tics: A pout as an unconscious gesture of concentration. ''Pride and Prejudice" director Joe Wright had to ban Keira from pouting during the movie. She does it once but it's only because it was filmed by a second unit!
  • I Am Very British: Sports this type of voice in a lot of her films, especially the period ones. Her real voice, not so much.
  • Jail Bait: Bared her breasts at fifteen years old for the British thriller The Hole.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has had a tendency post-Pirates to go topless in just about everything. Though when she was cast in Domino, she explicitly refused to bare her butt on screen.
  • The Muse: To director Joe Wright. They've done three films together. Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina.
  • Period Piece: Has appeared in many, to the point where she might even be typecast in such films. Most of her movies are set at various points in the past, ranging from 400 A.D. to the 1990s, but are usually around the 1700s or 1800s. She says she was worried about her typecasting at first, but has come to embrace it, saying she enjoys learning about history, and that there are worse things to be typecast in.
  • Petite Pride: One of the most famous. A few of her films, like Pirates and King Arthur - as well as some of her modelling photoshoots - had some doctoring done to give a larger appearance. Her reaction is usually some variation of exasperation. A hefty portion of her commentary for the first Pirates movie consists of Keira commenting on how impressive her boobs look with an almost gleeful self-deprecation. She also cheerfully points out the one scene where she wasn't padded. Later on, for her photoshoot in Interview Magazine, she agreed to a topless shot if the picture wasn't edited in any way, "because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.”
    Jack Sparrow: So unless you've got a rudder and a lot of sails hidden in that bodice— (scans her briefly) — unlikely...
  • She Really Can Act: While often seen as good for her roles, The Imitation Game is where a lot of people took a step back and realized she could hold her own.
  • Younger Than They Look: She was only seventeen in Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and looked like she was in her mid twenties.