Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightley at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011

Keira Christina Knightley OBE (born March 26, 1985 in Teddington , Greater London ) is a British actress .

Life and career

Keira Knightley is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and writer and playwright Sharman Macdonald . It was named after the Russian figure skater Kira Walentinovna Ivanova , who her father raved about. However, her mother made a spelling mistake when filling out the birth certificate, giving Keira Knightley her unusual first name. Keira's brother Caleb was born in 1979.

In 1992 she spent her summer vacation as a ballet dancer on stage. She received her first supporting roles in 1993 in the television series A Royal Celebration and in 1994 in the drama An Outrageous Affair .

The German television audience first saw her in 1998 in the Rosamunde Pilcher film Heimkehr . A year later she made a small appearance as Natalie Portman's doppelganger in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace . In 2001 she appeared in the thriller The Hole . Knightley's breakthrough came in 2002 with the British surprise hit Kick it like Beckham . At the age of seventeen she took on a leading role in the remake of Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Schiwago : she played Lara Antipowa, the lover of the hero portrayed by Hans Matheson .

She got her best-known role in Pirates of the Caribbean , where she seduced the governor's daughter Elizabeth Swann Orlando Bloom and in Pirates of the Caribbean: Pirates of the Caribbean 2 also Johnny Depp . In the third part, Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End , she took on this role again, in the fourth part of the series , she was no longer involved. In the fifth film, Pirates of the Caribbean - Salazar's Revenge , she only appeared again as Elisabeth Swann at the end of the film and in the post-credit scene, in which she did not speak a single sentence.

In late 2003, Knightley appeared in Love Actually as the bride of Chiwetel Ejiofor . In 2004 she played Lady Guinevere in King Arthur . Knightley made another costume film with pride and prejudice . In the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel , she played Elizabeth Bennet, who initially resisted her admirer, Mr. Darcy. In 2007 she starred in Joe Wright's drama Atonement based on the novel by Ian McEwan . In 2008 she starred alongside Sienna Miller in The Edge of Love . Also in 2008 she played the wife of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, in The Duchess . In 2009 and 2010 she appeared in two short films. In addition, she starred in the two dramas Last Night and Alles ,was haben wir haben dich . In the action thriller London Boulevard , she appeared on the side of Colin Farrell .

In 2012 she starred alongside Steve Carell in the doomsday comedy In Search of a Friend for the End of the World . In the same year she stood in Anna Karenina for the third time in front of the camera for director Joe Wright after pride and prejudice and apology . In 2013 she starred with John Carney , Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine ( Maroon 5 ), who made his film debut, in the musical film Can a Song Save Your Life? the female lead. She sang her vocal parts herself. In the following year, 2014, she played alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game - A Top Secret Life , which was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won an Oscar. Knightley herself was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Private life

From 2003 to 2005 the Irish actor Jamie Dornan was her partner, before that she was in a relationship with the actor Del Synnott (Gwyn - Princess of Thieves) . From 2006 to the end of 2010 she was in a relationship with her colleague Rupert Friend , whom she met while filming Pride and Prejudice . Keira Knightley and James Righton , keyboardist for the Klaxons , got married on May 4th 2013 in Mazan , France . The couple has been together since February 2011. Their first daughter was born in London in May 2015, and their second daughter followed in September 2019. The family lives in Islington, London .


In 2007, Keira Knightley sued the UK newspaper Daily Mail over allegations that she had an eating disorder. Because of the reporting, she worried about future role offers. She also said that she was well aware of the severity of the disease due to cases in her family.

In April 2009, a TV commercial against domestic violence was produced in which Knightley played the lead role. For British television, however, the spot had to be shortened to include the scenes in which the actress who was lying on the ground was kicked.

Keira Knightley has been promoting a French perfume since 2007.

She is one of the top paid actresses in Hollywood, according to Forbes Magazine . Between June 2007 and June 2008 alone, she received fees of 32 million US dollars , placing her in second place behind Cameron Diaz (50 million US dollars).


Keira Knightley at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival
Keira Knightley (2006)


Awards & nominations (selection)

Knightley at the 2008 British Academy Film Awards ceremony

Oscars :

Golden Globe Awards :

Empire Awards :

  • 2002: nominated in the category Best Debut in The Hole
  • 2003: Nominated for Best British Actress for Kick it Like Beckham
  • 2004: Nominated for Best British Actress for Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 2005: Nominated for Best British Actress for King Arthur
  • 2006: Nominated in the Best Actress category for Pride & Prejudice
  • 2007: Nominated in the Best Actress category for Pirates of the Caribbean 2
  • 2008: Best Actress for Atonement

German dubbing voice

Knightley does not have a permanent German dubbing voice. For some years now, Giuliana Jakobeit and Dascha Lehmann have been cast almost exclusively in alternation; in earlier works they also spoke Marie Bierstedt , Berenice Weichert and Manja Doering .

Giuliana Jakobeit as:

Dascha Lehmann as:


  • Brandon Hurst: Keira Knightley. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-89602-742-5 .

Web links

Commons : Keira Knightley  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. a b wit: Keira Knightley: "I'm a spelling mistake" , Spiegel Online , January 27, 2015
  2. a b Hollywood star Keira Knightley reveals: My name is a typo , picture , January 27, 2015
  3. ^ A b Camilla Turner: Keira Knightley: I am named after a Russian skater my dad used to fancy , The Daily Telegraph , Celebrity News, January 27, 2015
  4. cf. Bamigboye, Baz: Keira's Pride wounded by mystery man. In: Daily Mail . September 9, 2005, p. 48
  5. cf. Knightley's Ex Denies Suicide Attempt at, October 5, 2004 (accessed August 20, 2008)
  6. Actress Keira Knightley is solo again ,
  7. Secret marriage: Keira Knightley gets married in a French village , from May 4, 2013, accessed on May 15, 2013
  8. Gala magazine, August 12, 2015.
  9. Knightley Defends Legal Action Over Anorexia Story ,, accessed December 28, 2015.
  10. Keira Knightley plays down anorexia rumors on (English)
  11. cf. Johnson, Wesley: Hollywood's Top Earners. Press Association Newsfile, July 23, 2008
  12. Keira Knightley. In: German dubbing files , accessed on July 31, 2012 .