At just 21 years of age, Keira Knightley confirmed her status as a rising star with Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for Best Actress for her acclaimed performance as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's PRIDE & PREJUDICE. She followed this with Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations for her role in the critically acclaimed ATONEMENT, her second feature for director Joe Wright.
Knightley first made headlines in Gurinder Chadha's hit, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, for which she won the London Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year. She was then selected by director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to star opposite Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush in the 2003 worldwide blockbuster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL which was followed with the international box office smash hits: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END.
Knightley's diverse credits include Tony Scott's action drama DOMINO, Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer's KING ARTHUR, John Maybury's thriller THE JACKET opposite Adrien Brody, and as part of the impressive ensemble cast in Richard Curtis' LOVE ACTUALLY with Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson amongst others. Her other feature film credits include STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE, THE HOLE, PURE, SILK, THE EDGE OF LOVE for John Maybury based on the early life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas alongside Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys, and THE DUCHESS with Ralph Fiennes.
She has most recently been seen in Mark Romanek's NEVER LET ME GO alongside Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, William Monahan's LONDON BOULEVARD with Colin Farrell, Anna Friel and David Thewlis, and Massy Tadjedin's LAST NIGHT with Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. Knightley will next appear as the lead in ANNA KARENINA for director Joe Wright alongside Aaron Johnson.
Making her professional acting debut at the age of six on British television in Royal Celebration, Knightley's early credits include A Village Affair and Innocent Lies as well as performances in the TV series The Bill and the TV films Treasure Seekers, Coming Home and Walt Disney's Princess of Thieves. Knightley's mini-series credits include Oliver Twist and the adaptation of Boris Pasternak's classic novel Doctor Zhivago.
In 2009 Knightley made her West End stage debut in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, for which she received Laurence Olivier and Ian Charleson nominations for best supporting actress. She is currently on stage at the Comedy Theatre in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour.
In addition to her acting roles, Knightley is the face of Coco Mademoiselle for Chanel.