Keira Knightley – an actress, model and ballerina

Posted: Simona Motuzaitė Date: 2013-07-22 08:55

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28-year-old age British actress and model Keira Knightley is one of the best-paid women in Hollywood. Work on stage and screen is all her life because she has been acting from an early age. Keira Knightley who recently got married has intense facial features and especially slim figure for which she is often criticized. Nevertheless, the star of a movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” has proved successfully her talent in acting.

Keira Knightley was born on March 26, 1985 in Scottish screenwriter, Sharman Macdonald, and English actor, Will Knightley, family, in Teddington, England. She has older brother named Caleb. Knightley lived in Richmond and attended TeddingtonSchool and at the age of majority entered at the EsherCollege. As a child she was diagnosed with dyslexia (to have struggles in reading), but the stubbornness to keep up with classmates helped to turn her to extremely success student. Keira, being at three-year-old, stated a desire to have a personal agent, such as her parents. She remembers that in her childhood the only thought in her mind was not about colorful toys but about the art of acting. She performed in a number of local amateur productions, including the “After Juliet”, written by her mother, and the “United States”, written by her then drama teacher, Ian McShane. She followed by parents’ footsteps at nine-year-old when she began to play in the TV mini-series and films: “Village Affair” (1994), “Innocent Lies” (1995), “The Treasure Seekers” (1996), “Coming Home” (1998), “Oliver Twist” (1999). She focused on art, history and English literature while at Esher, but left after a year to focus on her acting and she also turned down her spot at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

At the age of fourteen, Keira Knightley received the first offer to play in blockbuster movie – “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” (1999), because the girl was very similar to the heroine of film – Queen, Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) and Keira was cast as Sabé, Amidala’s decoy. K. Knightley and colleague N. Portman is so similar that during filming the mothers of girls could not identify them, when they were with makeup. By the film’s premiere it has been announced that N. Portman plays both Queen Amidala and her double. The filmmakers introduced the new about performance by K. Knightley as surprise to an audience.

In 2001, in the made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature in the movie “Princess of Thieves” the young actress has played as Robin Hood’s daughter Gwyn, inheriting family “business” after her father’s death. In 2002, Keira was invited to cast in “Bend it like Beckham”, despite the fact that almost unable to play football. At that time, for three months, the young actress was learning to play football and trying to understand the Futebol de Man – method of Brazilian soccer game.

After a year, the director Jerry Bruckheimer offered to Keira to star in “Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl”. In this film, she performed with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, and the film was much more popular even than “Terminator 3” and in the premiere of the first week in the U.S. has become the most watching film. Keira also played in two more sequels of this movie.
One of probably the best Keira Knightley’s roles was in the film “The Duchess” (2008). This extraordinary woman, existed in reality of her age, had a significant political impact. She was a strong personality, being able to shape her own image, to manipulate public opinion, and thus to be vulnerable and lonely. Adorable woman failed to win the heart of the only important man in her life.
In David Cronenberg’s drama “A Dangerous Method” (2011) Keira played as Sabina Spielrein, a patient of philosopher and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung and later became his mistress and student. She was a special woman, and a very important person in the world of psychoanalysis. Keira prepared for this role very carefully: she read a lot of books about psychoanalysis, Jung and her heroine diaries. In order to recreate Sabina symptoms realistically, she even consulted with neurologists and psychiatrists.

In 2012, Keira Knightley played the role in a musical romantic drama “Can a Song Save Your Life”, replacing actress Scarlett Johansson, who withdrew for personal reasons. In the same year, she cast in a love triangle feelings drama “Anna Karenina”. In this year, Keira has played a role in the action thriller “Jack Ryan”, which is scheduled for release on the end of December.

Actress, proved her superiority in many films, was many times awarded. In 2003, London Critics Circle declared her to be the best newcomer of film. In 2004, “Tatler” magazine named her as the “Most Desirable Woman”. In 2004, “Glamour” published about her as “The Most Charming Actress”. In 2005, the newspaper “The Daily Mirror” announced a K. Knightley as an “Actress of the Year”. In the site Indiecritics.com actress was titled as “The Most Beautiful Woman” and “The Most Wonderful Facial Owner”. At 20-year-old, the actress was the third youngest woman in the history of the Oscars and nominated for the award of the best female role.

Talented beauty reveals herself not only as an actress. In addition to acting, Keira Knightley dancing ballet, playing the flute and piano, and drawing. Keira has repeatedly posed for such publications as “Vogue” and “Vanity Fair”, and became face of a legendary Chanel fashion house of perfume “Coco Mademoiselle” campaign. More than once titled as the sexiest glamour, actress has more than just good look, but also the pursuit of noble intentions. Keira is an activist for human rights.
The young Brit is constantly criticized for her slim figure and critics often called her anorexic as well as a bad example for young girls. However, the actress has always denied such rumors and claims that it is such her body type.

Telling the press about his love Keira was never opened. However, it is known that Knightley was in a relationship with actor Jamie Dornan from 2003 to 2005. She dated her “Pride & Prejudice” co-star Rupert Friend from 2005 until 2010. She subsequently began dating musician James Righton in late February 2011. Knightley and Righton became engaged in May 2012,and married on 4 May 2013 in France. The couple live in East London.