Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

Highest Rated: 90% The Imitation Game (2014)

Lowest Rated: 7% Silk (2007)

Birthday: Mar 26, 1985

Birthplace: England

Pixie-ish British actress Keira Knightley went from a relative unknown to a blockbuster leading lady after 2002's sleeper soccer flick Bend It Like Beckham caught on with an international audience. Born in Teddington, London, England, in 1985, young Knightley was enticed by the lure of cinema at an early age. Playwright mother Sharman McDonald and actor father Will Knightley were at first reluctant to let their daughter follow them into show business. Although they would accommodate her wish three years later, their strict demand that their daughter study through school holidays and only take jobs that didn't interfere with her education ensured that Keira would keep her priorities straight.Trained in dance from an early age, Knightley made her film debut when she was 12 in Moira Armstrong's romantic drama A Village Affair. Gradually climbing the credits with subsequent roles in Innocent Lies (1995) and the made-for-TV features Treasure Seekers (1996) and Coming Home (1998), she got her first big break when cast as the decoy queen in the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Knightley resembled the actual queen (portrayed by Natalie Portman) so much that her mother couldn't distinguish the two and some fans still insist both were portrayed by Portman. Returning to non-decoy status for the television miniseries Oliver Twist (2000), Knightley stayed with the small screen as Robin Hood's daughter in the 2001 adventure Princess of Thieves. Although audiences would truly begin to take note of her talent in the thriller The Hole that same year, her star-making turn in the sleeper comedy drama Bend It Like Beckham endeared her to audiences everywhere and ultimately served as her breakthrough starring role. Playing the best friend to Parminder K. Nagra, Knightley proved that she could turn what might have been little more than a noteworthy supporting role into a truly spunky, scene-stealing performance. As Lara Antipova in the 2002 miniseries Doctor Zhivago, Knightley gracefully slipped into a role that was previously made famous by Julie Christie, and the timeless romantic drama proved a hit with U.K. television viewers. With the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, however, the actress was catapulted into an entirely new realm of popularity. Opposite Johnny Depp's truly eccentric portrayal of pirate Jack Sparrow, Knightley charmed as the beautiful young maiden whose blood may hold the key to life for a group of undead pirates.While King Arthur (2004) and Domino (2005) were high-profile flops, Knightley's status as a movie-star on both sides of the pond was firmly cemented in early 2006 when she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2005's Pride & Prejudice. 2006 also saw the release of the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which was shot back-to-back with the franchise's third entry, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was scheduled for release in 2007. In the meantime, Knightley forged ahead on the period drama Silk, opposite Michael Pitt. As the decade wore on, Knightly remained a fixed presence on screen, appearing in such films as The Duchess, London Boulevard, A Dangerous Method, Anna Karenina, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.Knightley appeared in a pair of indie films in 2014, {Laggies and Begin Again, as well as the big-budget action film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. However, she earned the most praise that year for her supporting turn in The Imitation Game, playing a woman who helps crack German codes during WWII. She garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in that film, which also scored Best Picture and Best Actor nods.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
83% Official Secrets Katharine Gun 2019
28% The Aftermath Rachael Morgan 2019
11% Berlin, I Love You Jane 2019
33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Sugar Plum Fairy 2018
87% Colette Colette 2018
No Score Yet Nøtteknekkeren og de fire kongerikene Sugar Plum Fairy 2018
No Score Yet Red Nose Day Actually Actor 2017
14% Collateral Beauty Amy $31M 2016
73% Everest Jan Arnold $46.6M 2015
No Score Yet The Other Typist Actor Producer 2015
90% The Imitation Game Joan Clarke 2014
65% Laggies Megan 2014
82% Begin Again Gretta $12.1M 2014
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Cathy Muller $43.1M 2014
63% Anna Karenina Anna Karenina $12.9M 2012
60% Stars In Shorts Actor 2012
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Penny $7.2M 2012
78% A Dangerous Method Sabina Spielrein $5.8M 2011
38% London Boulevard Charlotte $11K 2011
53% Last Night Joanna Reed $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet The Emperor's Children Actor 2011
70% Never Let Me Go Ruth $2.5M 2010
No Score Yet The Continuing And Lamentable Saga Of The Suicide Brothers The Fairy 2009
62% The Duchess Georgiana, The Duchess of Devonshire $13.9M 2008
37% The Edge of Love Vera Phillips 2008
7% Silk Helene Joncour $1.2M 2007
83% Atonement Cecilia Tallis $50.9M 2007
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Elizabeth Swann $309.5M 2007
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth Swann $423.1M 2006
86% Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet $38.3M 2005
18% Domino Domino Harvey $10.2M 2005
44% The Jacket Jackie Price $6.3M 2005
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls Leah 2005
31% King Arthur Guinevere $51.8M 2004
64% Love Actually Juliet $59.4M 2003
85% Bend It like Beckham Juliette Paxton $32.5M 2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann $305.4M 2003
No Score Yet Doctor Zhivago Actor 2002
No Score Yet Pure Louise 2002
No Score Yet Princess of Thieves Gwyn Hood 2001
50% The Hole Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith 2001
53% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Sabe $431.1M 1999
No Score Yet Coming Home Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Treasure Seekers The Princess 1996
No Score Yet A Village Affair Actor 1994

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2018
2015
2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2018
2012
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2015
2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest 2014
2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2014
2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2012
2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2012
2003
57% Neverland
2011
Voice Tinkerbell 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2011
2005
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Lara Rose Fleming Lara Antipova 2003
2000

QUOTES FROM Keira Knightley CHARACTERS

Will Turner says: If you want pain, try wearing a corset!

Elizabeth Swann says: If you want pain, try wearing a corset!

Joan Clarke says: I know it's not ordinary. But who ever loved ordinary?

Joan Clarke says: Do you know, this morning I was on a train that went through a city that wouldn't exist if it wasn't for you. I bought a ticket from a man who would likely be dead if it wasn't for you. I read up, on my work, a whole field of scientific inquiry that only exists because of you. Now, if you wish you could have been normal... I can promise you I do not. The world is an infinitely better place precisely because you weren't.

Gretta says: Are you really an A & R man? You look more like a homeless man.

Dan says: You've got some talent. I wanna make records with you.

Gretta says: I'm not a performer, I just write songs from time to time.

Dan says: What do you write them for?

Elizabeth Bennet says: I wonder who first discovered the power of poetry in driving away love.

Mr. Darcy says: I thought poetry was the food of love.

Elizabeth Bennet says: Of a fine, stout love it may. But if it is only a vague inclination I'm convinced one poor sonnet would kill it stone dead.

Mr. Darcy says: So what do you recommend, to encourage affection?

Elizabeth Bennet says: Dancing. Even if one's partner is barely tolerable.

Penny says: I'm scared...

Dodge says: I'm.... madly in love with you...

Elizabeth Swann says: Our destinies have been entwined, Elizabeth.....but never joined.

Elizabeth Swann says: Our destinies have been entwined, Elizabeth but never joined.

Joanna Reed says: What I wouldn't have given to have tired of you.

Joanna Reed says: Tonight isn't finished yet ..

Joanna Reed says: Tonight isn't finished yet.

Penny says: I thought we could save each other

Penny says: I thought we could save each other.

Dodge says: We did

Dodge says: We did.

Carl Jung says: My love for you was the most important thing in my life. For better or worse, it made me understand who I am.

Carl Jung says: [looking at her pregnant belly] He should be mine.

Carl Jung says: He should be mine.

Sabina Spielrein says: Yes.

Carl Jung says: Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to be able to go on living. [we see Sabina crying as she leaves in a coach, then we see Jung sitting emotionally withdrawn in his backyard]

Carl Jung says: Sometimes you have to do something unforgivable just to be able to go on living.

Carl Jung says: Listen, I made a stupid mistake.

Sabina Spielrein says: Is that what it was?

Carl Jung says: I broke one of the elementary rules of my profession,I'm your doctor! And I believe I did you some good. I can't forgive myself for overstepping the mark. I should have known that if I gave you what you wanted, you wouldn't be able to help wanting me.

Carl Jung says: I broke one of the elementary rules of my profession, I'm your doctor! And I believe I did you some good. I can't forgive myself for overstepping the mark. I should have known that if I gave you what you wanted, you wouldn't be able to help wanting me.

Penny says: I won't steal anything if you don't rape me.

Sabina Spielrein says: it's no good making yourself ill in the process

Sabina Spielrein says: it's no good making yourself ill in the process.

Elizabeth Swann says: This is madness.

Jack Sparrow says: This is politics.

Elizabeth Bennet says: From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others, made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.

Anna Karenina says: I'd die for my son. But I can't live for him like this.

Cutler Beckett says: No doubt you've discovered that loyalty is no longer the currency of the realm, as your father believes.

Elizabeth Swann says: And what is?

Cutler Beckett says: I'm afraid currency is the currency of the realm.

Elizabeth Swann says: Then perhaps we can come to some sort of understanding. I'm here to negotiate.

Cutler Beckett says: I'm listening. [Held at gunpoint]... I am listening intently.

Vera Phillips says: You don't even see me, do you? Dylan! All you've got is stories in your head. Words. And I have to feel real. William... makes me real.

Anna Karenina says: This must stop. If you have any thought for me you must give me back my peace.

Elizabeth Bennet says: "You are the last man I would ever be prevailed upon to marry" *thunder*

Elizabeth Bennet says: You are the last man I would ever be prevailed upon to marry. *thunder*

Elizabeth Bennet says: I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry. [thunder]

Penny says: I wish we met each other a long time ago. When we were kids.

Dodge says: It couldn't have happened any other way. It had to happen now.

Penny says: But it isn't enough time--

Dodge says: It never would have been.

Elizabeth Bennet says: you may call me Mrs Darcy when

Elizabeth Bennet says: No! No. You may only call me 'Mrs. Darcy'... when you are completely, and perfectly, and incandescently happy.

Elizabeth Swann says: Barbossa! Marry us!

Captain Barbossa says: I'm a little busy at the moment!

Juliette "Jules" Paxton says: Mother, just because I wear trakkies and play sport does not make me a lesbian!

Aleksei Karenin says: ALEKSEI:I love you! ANNA: why? ALEKSEI:You cant ask why, about love.

Aleksei Karenin says: I love you!

Alexander Vronsky says: I love you!

Anna Karenina says: Why?

Aleksei Karenin says: You cant ask why, about love.

Alexander Vronsky says: You can't ask why, about love.

Elizabeth Swann says: The other ships will still be looking to us, to the Black Pearl, to lead, and what will they see? Frightened bilgerats aboard a derelict ship? No, no they will see free men and freedom! And what the enemy will see, they will see the flash of our cannons, and they will hear the ringing of our swords, and they will know what we can do! By the sweat of our brow and the strength of our backs and the courage in our hearts! Gentlemen, hoist the colors.

Georgiana Spencer says: I thought he'd be like Papa but he never talks to me he seems to care more about his dogs.

Georgiana Spencer says: Of all the women in England, you had to throw yourself on her. I have never objected to any of your affairs. I have accepted whatever arrangement you have proposed. But this... I have one single thing of my own. Why couldn't you let me keep Elizabeth for myself? She is my sole comfort in our marriage. You have robbed me of my only friend! I want her out!

Duke of Devonshire says: Well I couldn't ask her of that.

Georgiana Spencer says: What is wrong with me?

Duke of Devonshire says: As a husband I have fulfilled my obligations you have not.

Georgiana Spencer says: Do you think of me when we're not together?

Earl Grey says: You ought to know I do.

Georgiana Spencer says: You hesitated before you replied

Earl Grey says: No, I'm unused to being asked so directly. And by you of all people. I think of you all the time. I always have.

Captain Barbossa says: Aye, we are good and lost now.

Elizabeth Swann says: Lost?

Captain Barbossa says: For certain you have to be lost to find something that cannot be found, else everyone would know where it is.

Carl Jung says: It's generally thought to be the man who should take the initiative.

Sabina Spielrein says: Don't you think there's something male in every woman and something female in every man? Or should be?

Joanna Reed says: I can't do any more then look him in the eye.

Joanna Reed says: In the middle of most nights when I can't sleep, I still replay you.

Norrington says: Jack Sparrow: You look bloody awful, what are you doing here? Norrington: You hired me. I can't help it if your standards are lax. Jack Sparrow: You smell funny! Elizabeth Swann: Jack!

Jack Sparrow says: You look bloody awful, what are you doing here?

Norrington says: You hired me. I can't help it if your standards are lax.

Jack Sparrow says: You smell funny!

Elizabeth Swann says: Jack!

Will Turner says: Elizabeth! Will you marry me?

Elizabeth Swann says: I don't think now's the best time!

Will Turner says: Now may be the only time

Will Turner says: Now may be the only time.

Penny says: I won't steal anything, if you promise not to rape me

Penny says: I won't steal anything, if you promise not to rape me.

Dodge says: OK

Dodge says: Okay.

Carl Jung says: Explain this analogy made between the sexes, the death instinct.

Sabina Spielrein says: Professor Freud claims that the sexual drive arises from a simple urge towards pleasure. If he's right, the question is why is this urge so often successfully repressed?

Carl Jung says: You used to have a theory involving the impulse towards destruction, self destruction. Losing oneself.

Sabina Spielrein says: Suppose we think of sexuality as futile, losing oneself as you say, but losing oneself in the other. In other words, destroying ones own individuality. Wouldn't the ego in self defense automatically resist the impulse?

Carl Jung says: You mean for selfish not for social reasons?

Sabina Spielrein says: Yes. I'm saying that perhaps true sexuality demands the destruction of the ego.

Carl Jung says: In other words, the opposite of what Freud propose

Carl Jung says: In other words, the opposite of what Freud propose.

Penny says: Is she the one that got away?

Dodge says: Well they all got away but... she was the first.

Penny says: So, what are you doing with the rest of your life?

Dodge says: Catching up on some me time.

Elizabeth Swann says: From the sweat of a man's brows, and the strength of his back and the courage of our hearts...Gentlemen, hoist the colors.

Will Turner says: Hoist the colors.

Ragetti says: Hoist the colors.

Pintel says: Hoist the colors!

Gibbs says: Aye, the winds are on our side boys, that's all we need!

Cutler Beckett says: Advise your brethren. You can fight and all of you will die, or you can not fight, in which case, only most of you will die.

Elizabeth Swann says: We will fight and you will die.

Elizabeth Bennet says: (Playing the piano) You mean to frighten me Mr. Darcy by coming in all your state to hear me. But I won't be alarmed even if your sister does play so well.

Elizabeth Bennet says: [playing the piano] You mean to frighten me Mr. Darcy by coming in all your state to hear me. But I won't be alarmed even if your sister does play so well.

Mr. Darcy says: I'm well enough acquainted with you, Miss Elizabeth, that I cannot alarm you even if I should wish it.

Sabina Spielrein says: My greatest desire when I become a doctor is to give people back their freedom.

Sabina Spielrein says: Don't you think that there is something male in every woman and female in every man?

Sabina Spielrein says: If I am right, only the clash of destructive forces can create something new.

Norrington says: Go, I'll follow!

Elizabeth Swann says: You're lying.

Norrington says: Our fates have been intertwined, Elizabeth...but never joined. Go...go now!

Captain Barbossa says: Aye, we're good and lost now.

Elizabeth Swann says: Lost?

Captain Barbossa says: For certain you have to be lost to find a place as can't be found. Elseways, everyone would know where it was

Captain Barbossa says: For certain you have to be lost to find a place as can't be found. Elseways, everyone would know where it was.

Domino Harvey says: If you're wondering what's true and what isn't you can fuck off, because it's none of your goddamn business.

Domino Harvey says: Sometimes a girl has to be naughty in order to get herself out of a jam.

Domino Harvey says: Sometimes a girl has to be naughty in order to get herself out of a jam.

Elizabeth Swann says: Captain Barbosa, I have come to negotiate the cessation of hostilities against Port Royal.

Captain Barbossa says: That's a lot of long words, miss. We're naught but humble pirates! What is it you were wanting, exactly?

Elizabeth Swann says: I want you to leave and never come back.

Captain Barbossa says: I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. It means no.

Elizabeth Swann says: Commodore, I really must protest!

Governor Swann says: Shoot him!

Elizabeth Swann says: Commadore, are you going to kill my rescuer?!

Norrington says: In that case, I believe thanks are in order? [offers his hand to Jack. Jack reluctantly takes it and when he does Norrington pulls up Jack's sleeve displaying brands and tattoos]

Norrington says: Pirate. Keep your guns on him, men! Gilette! Fetch some irons! Hm, had a brush with the East India Trading Company did we? Ah, Jack Sparrow.

Jack Sparrow says: CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow.

Norrington says: Captain? I don't see you're ship.

Jack Sparrow says: I'm in the market, as it were.

Governor Swann says: Shoot him!

Elizabeth Swann says: Commadore, are you going to kill my rescuer?!

Norrington says: In that case, I believe thanks are in order? [offers his hand to Jack. Jack reluctantly takes it and when he does Norrington pulls up Jack's sleeve displaying brands and tattoos]

Norrington says: Pirate. Keep your guns on him, men! Gilette! Fetch some irons! Hm, had a brush with the East India Trading Company did we? Ah, Jack Sparrow.

Jack Sparrow says: CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow.

Norrington says: Captain? I don't see you're ship.

Jack Sparrow says: I'm in the market, as it were.

Sabina Spielrein says: To Dr Jung: "I WANT YOU TO PUNISH ME"!

Sabina Spielrein says: I WANT YOU TO PUNISH ME!

Carl Jung says: OK! (He does)

Carl Jung says: Okay!

Cecilia Tallis says: [crying] I don't know how I could've been so ignorant about myself... so... so stupid. And you know what I'm talking about, don't you? You knew before I did.

Robbie Turner says: Why're you crying?

Cecilia Tallis says: Don't you know?

Robbie Turner says: Yes, I know exactly. [kisses her]

Elizabeth Bennet says: I don't understand

Mr. Darcy says: I love you.......Most Ardently

Mr. Darcy says: I love you... Most Ardently.

Elizabeth Bennet says: *To Lady Catherine* You have insulted me in every possible way and can now have nothing further to say? I must ask you to leave. Goodnight.

Sabina Spielrein says: If you ever want to take the initiative, I live in that building there.

Sigmund Freud says: [from trailer] Tell me about the first time you can remember being beaten by your father.

Sabina Spielrein says: It excited me!

Charlotte says: If I fell in love with you, what would you do about it?

Mitchel says: Everything.

Elizabeth Bennet says: You are last man I will ever prevail to marry!

Elizabeth Bennet says: And those are the words of a gentleman. From the first moment I met you, your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others made me realize that you were the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry. [they look at each other for a long time as though about to kiss]

Elizabeth Swann says: We've come to rescue you.

Jack Sparrow says: Have you, now? It's very kind of you. But it would seem that as I possess a ship, and you don't... you're the ones in need of rescuing, and I'm not sure that I'm in the mood.

Elizabeth Swann says: Everything you said to me was a lie?

Jack Sparrow says: Pretty much.

Elizabeth Swann says: I've had it! I've had it with wobbly-legged, rum-soaked PIRATES!

Elizabeth Swann says: Oh fine! Let's just haul out our swords and start banging away at each other! That will solve everything!

Elizabeth Swann says: I hardly believe in ghost stories, Captain Barbossa.

Captain Barbossa says: Aye. That's exactly what I thought when first told of the tale. Buried in the island of the dead that which cannot be found except by those who already knows where it is. Find it, we did. And there be the chest... and inside, be the gold. We took them all! Spent 'em, traded 'em and fritted 'em away, for drink and food and pleasurable company. But the more we gave them away, the more we came to realize. The drink would not satisfy, food turned to ash in our mouths, nor the company in the world would harm or slake our lust. We are cursed men, Miss Turner. Compelled by greed, we were. But now, we are consumed by it.

Captain Barbossa says: Aye. That's exactly what I thought when first told of the tale. Buried in the island of the dead that which cannot be found except by those who already knows where it is. Find it, we did. And there be the chest, and inside, be the gold. We took them all! Spent 'em, traded 'em and fritted 'em away, for drink and food and pleasurable company. But the more we gave them away, the more we came to realize. The drink would not satisfy, food turned to ash in our mouths, nor the company in the world would harm or slake our lust. We are cursed men, Miss Turner. Compelled by greed, we were. But now, we are consumed by it.

Joanna Reed says: She's pretty. You never mentioned that!

Joanna Reed says: Geography, and timing.