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She began her career as a child actress, and came to international fame in 2003, after major roles in the films Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pride and Prejudice. Keira Knightley has since become a notable lead actress, having starred in several Hollywood films and receiving an Academy Award nomination for "Best Actress" in 2005. Her most recent film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Knightley was born in Teddington, Middlesex, England to Sharman Macdonald, a Scottish actress turned award-winning playwright, and Will Knightley, an English theatre and television actor. She has an older brother, Caleb (b. 1979). Knightley lived most of her life in Richmond upon Thames, attending Teddington School and Esher College. She performed in a number of local amateur productions including After Juliet (written by her mother) and United States (written by her then drama teacher, John McShane).

Knightley began her acting career at the age of seven, making her television debut in Royal Celebration (1993) and also appearing on the television series, The Bill (1995). She appeared in several more made-for-television films in the mid to late 1990s, before being cast as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Knightley was cast in the role due to her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played Padmé; the two actresses' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when they were heavily made up.[2] Knightley's first starring role followed in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in a made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature, Princess of Thieves. During this time period, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States, and in a mini-series remake of Doctor Zhivago that was first aired in 2002.

Knightley's breakthrough role was in the English football-themed film, Bend It Like Beckham, which was a major success in its August 2002 UK release, and did fairly at the box office upon its United States release in March 2003, grossing $32 million.[3] After Bend It Like Beckham's UK release raised her profile, she was cast in the big budget action film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and opened in July 2003 to positive reviews and a high box office gross, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2003 and cementing Knightley as a leading actress.

Knightley had a role in the British romantic comedy Love Actually, which opened in November 2003. Her next film, King Arthur, opened in July 2004 and received mixed reviews, but was praised by critic Roger Ebert for "the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve", Knightley being described as looking "simultaneously sexy and muddy".[4] In the same month, Knightley was voted by readers of Hello! magazine as the movie industry's most promising teen star. She was also voted the sexiest movie star of all time by the readers of Empire magazine, was ranked #79 by FHM in the magazine's UK Edition 2004 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, #18 in 2005, and was ranked the sexiest woman in the world in 2006. The U.S. Edition ranked her #54 in 2004, #11 in 2005 and #5 in 2006. Additionally, Time magazine noted in a 2004 feature that Knightley seemed dedicated to developing herself as a serious actress rather than a film star.

Knightley starred in three 2005 films; The Jacket, a dark thriller that opened in March; director Tony Scott's film Domino, which opened in October, was an action film inspired by the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey; and finally Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, in which Knightley played regency Englishwoman Elizabeth Bennet. The Jacket and Domino received mixed critical receptions and performed poorly at the box office,[3][5] but Pride and Prejudice did well in the U.S. and opened at No. 1 in the UK box office, and is Knightley's sixth film to do so. She received a Best Actress - Comedy/Musical Golden Globes nomination and an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for the role, though she did not win either. Her Valentino gown at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards won her much acclaim and even landed her the top spot on Steven Cojocaru's "Best Dressed List" on Entertainment Tonight, while the dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards was recently donated to the charity Oxfam, where it raised £4,300.[6]

Knightley was the celebrity face for the luxury goods brand Asprey, as well as Lux haircare products in Japanese TV commercials. In April of 2006, she was confirmed as the new celebrity face of Chanel's perfume "Coco Mademoiselle".[7] Knightley appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's March 2006 'Hollywood' issue, with Scarlett Johansson, and was voted the World's Sexiest Woman by FHM (UK) in their FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006 poll.[7]. In May of 2006, Knightley was #9 on Maxim's 2006 Hot 100.

Knightley recently completed filming a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, which will be released on July 7, 2006, as well as Silk (an adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baricco), and Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, which is due for release in May of 2007. In late June of 2006, Knightley began work on Atonement, a drama set at different parts of the 20th century, also starring James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn.[8] She was also recently cast in the role of Caitlin Thomas, wife of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, in a film entitled The Best Time Of Our Lives, from a screenplay by Knightley's mother.

Knightley, who currently lives in Central London, is dating her Pride and Prejudice co-star, Rupert Friend; the two have moved in together.[9] She has previously dated Irish model Jamie Dornan,[10] as well as actor Del Synnott, who according to some reports, attempted suicide after their relationship ended, although Synnott and Knightley deny these claims.[11]. Knightley has stated that she feels uncomfortable dressing up and that she prefers British men over Americans, because she feels that British men are less concerned about their own appearance.[12]

In May of 2006, Knightley was reported to be a member of the Jewish Kabbalah religion.

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Keira Knightley Biography

She began her career as a child actress, and came to international fame in 2003, after major roles in the films Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pride and Prejudice. Keira Knightley has since become a notable lead actress, having starred in several Hollywood films and receiving an Academy Award nomination for "Best Actress" in 2005. Her most recent film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.

Knightley was born in Teddington, Middlesex, England to Sharman Macdonald, a Scottish actress turned award-winning playwright, and Will Knightley, an English theatre and television actor. She has an older brother, Caleb (b. 1979). Knightley lived most of her life in Richmond upon Thames, attending Teddington School and Esher College. She performed in a number of local amateur productions including After Juliet (written by her mother) and United States (written by her then drama teacher, John McShane).

Knightley began her acting career at the age of seven, making her television debut in Royal Celebration (1993) and also appearing on the television series, The Bill (1995). She appeared in several more made-for-television films in the mid to late 1990s, before being cast as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Knightley was cast in the role due to her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played Padmé; the two actresses' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when they were heavily made up.[2] Knightley's first starring role followed in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in a made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature, Princess of Thieves. During this time period, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States, and in a mini-series remake of Doctor Zhivago that was first aired in 2002.

Knightley's breakthrough role was in the English football-themed film, Bend It Like Beckham, which was a major success in its August 2002 UK release, and did fairly at the box office upon its United States release in March 2003, grossing $32 million.[3] After Bend It Like Beckham's UK release raised her profile, she was cast in the big budget action film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and opened in July 2003 to positive reviews and a high box office gross, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2003 and cementing Knightley as a leading actress.

Knightley had a role in the British romantic comedy Love Actually, which opened in November 2003. Her next film, King Arthur, opened in July 2004 and received mixed reviews, but was praised by critic Roger Ebert for "the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve", Knightley being described as looking "simultaneously sexy and muddy".[4] In the same month, Knightley was voted by readers of Hello! magazine as the movie industry's most promising teen star. She was also voted the sexiest movie star of all time by the readers of Empire magazine, was ranked #79 by FHM in the magazine's UK Edition 2004 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, #18 in 2005, and was ranked the sexiest woman in the world in 2006. The U.S. Edition ranked her #54 in 2004, #11 in 2005 and #5 in 2006. Additionally, Time magazine noted in a 2004 feature that Knightley seemed dedicated to developing herself as a serious actress rather than a film star.

Knightley starred in three 2005 films; The Jacket, a dark thriller that opened in March; director Tony Scott's film Domino, which opened in October, was an action film inspired by the life of bounty hunter Domino Harvey; and finally Pride and Prejudice, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, in which Knightley played regency Englishwoman Elizabeth Bennet. The Jacket and Domino received mixed critical receptions and performed poorly at the box office,[3][5] but Pride and Prejudice did well in the U.S. and opened at No. 1 in the UK box office, and is Knightley's sixth film to do so. She received a Best Actress - Comedy/Musical Golden Globes nomination and an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for the role, though she did not win either. Her Valentino gown at the 2006 Golden Globe Awards won her much acclaim and even landed her the top spot on Steven Cojocaru's "Best Dressed List" on Entertainment Tonight, while the dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards was recently donated to the charity Oxfam, where it raised £4,300.[6]

Knightley was the celebrity face for the luxury goods brand Asprey, as well as Lux haircare products in Japanese TV commercials. In April of 2006, she was confirmed as the new celebrity face of Chanel's perfume "Coco Mademoiselle".[7] Knightley appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine's March 2006 'Hollywood' issue, with Scarlett Johansson, and was voted the World's Sexiest Woman by FHM (UK) in their FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006 poll.[7]. In May of 2006, Knightley was #9 on Maxim's 2006 Hot 100.

Knightley recently completed filming a Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, which will be released on July 7, 2006, as well as Silk (an adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baricco), and Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, which is due for release in May of 2007. In late June of 2006, Knightley began work on Atonement, a drama set at different parts of the 20th century, also starring James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave and Brenda Blethyn.[8] She was also recently cast in the role of Caitlin Thomas, wife of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, in a film entitled The Best Time Of Our Lives, from a screenplay by Knightley's mother.

Knightley, who currently lives in Central London, is dating her Pride and Prejudice co-star, Rupert Friend; the two have moved in together.[9] She has previously dated Irish model Jamie Dornan,[10] as well as actor Del Synnott, who according to some reports, attempted suicide after their relationship ended, although Synnott and Knightley deny these claims.[11]. Knightley has stated that she feels uncomfortable dressing up and that she prefers British men over Americans, because she feels that British men are less concerned about their own appearance.[12]

In May of 2006, Knightley was reported to be a member of the Jewish Kabbalah religion.

Keira Knightley Videos

  • Keira Knightley Talks About Playing Anti-Heroine Anna Karenina
  • Shadow Recruit Interview - Keira Knightley (2014)
  • Keira Knightley - Marie Claire USA - Keira the Conquerer - March 2013

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  • How to book Keira Knightley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Keira Knightley for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Keira Knightley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Keira Knightley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Keira Knightley?

    Booking fees for Keira Knightley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Keira Knightley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Keira Knightley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Keira Knightley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Keira Knightley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Keira Knightley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Keira Knightley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Keira Knightley is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Keira Knightley for your event is $200,000 and above. Keira Knightley generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Orlando Bloom, Mark Ruffalo, Sherry Stringfield, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Tilly. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Keira Knightley for an upcoming event.

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    Shadow Recruit Interview - Keira Knightley (2014)
  • Keira Knightley - Marie Claire USA - Keira the Conquerer - March 2013

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