Keira Knightley is an English film actress. Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England, the daughter of Sharman Macdonald, an actress turned playwright, and Will Knightley, an actor. Her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh descent, while her father is English.
She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole (2001). She gained widespread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved international fame in 2003 after appearing as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.
In 2012, she appeared with Steve Carell in the dramedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. During the same year, she reunited with director Joe Wright for the production of Anna Karenina, in which she starred as the title character.
Knightley was in a relationship with actor Del Synnott from 2001 to 2003, they met during the filming of Princess of Thieves. From 2003 to 2005 she dated actor Jamie Dornan. She was in a relationship with Pride & Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend from 2005 until December 2010.
In February 2011 Knightley began dating musician James Righton, of Klaxons and on 4 May 2013 they were married in Mazan, Vaucluse in the south of France. Their daughter was born on May 25, 2015. They live in Islington.
Some of her films are New Year's Eve, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, King Arthur, Pride & Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Silk, The Edge of Love, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Anna Karenina, The Imitation Game, Everest.