Keira Christina Righton OBE (/ˈkɪərə ˈnaɪtli/; née Knightley, born 26 March 1985) is an English actress.
Known for her work in both independent films and blockbusters,
particularly period dramas, she has received several accolades, including nominations for two Academy Awards,
three British Academy Film Awards, and a Laurence Olivier Award.
In 2018, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama and charity.
Born in London to actors Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald,
Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials and television films.
She appeared as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's handmaiden, in the space opera Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).
Her breakthrough came when she portrayed a tomboy footballer in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
and achieved global stardom for playing Elizabeth Swann in fantasy swashbuckler series Pirates of the Caribbean.
She appeared in the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually (2003) and was labelled a promising teen star.
For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
She starred in a series of further period pieces, portraying a complex love interest in Atonement (2007),
tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in Anna Karenina (2012).
She then forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing as an aspiring musician in Begin Again (2013) and a medical student in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).
Knightley returned to historical films by playing cryptoanalyst Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game (2014),
earning her a second round of Academy Award and BAFTA nominations,
and starred as the eponymous belle époque writer in Colette (2018) to critical acclaim.