Who is Keira Knightley?

Keira Knightley is a British actress who is a popular figure in both the independent movie section and the blockbuster movie section. She is also often referred to as the ‘Queen of Period Pieces’ for her excellent performance in period dramas like the American fantasy swashbuckler movie series, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ where she played the recurring and lead role of Elizabeth Swann.

Quick Infos 
Full NameKeira Christina Knightley OBE
Date of birthMarch 26, 1985
Birth PlaceTeddington, United Kingdom
Parent(s)Sharman McDonald
Will Knightley
HusbandJames Righton
Age35 years
Height5 ft 7 in
Net worthUS $80 million

Her breakthrough moment came in the year 2002 and she rose to prominence with the role of Jules Paxton in the 2002 romantic comedy sports movie, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ where she starred alongside actors like Parminder Nagra and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Moreover, Keira Knightley is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades including two People’s Choice awards and two Empire awards.

In addition to this, she has also been nominated twice by the Academy Awards and BAFTA awards and thrice by the Golden Globe awards.

Keira Knightley

Bio, Age, Family, and Young

Keira Knightley’s full name is Keira Christina Knightley. She was born on 26 March 1965 in London, England to her mother, Sharman McDonald who is a Scottish playwright, screenwriter, and an actress, and to her father, Will Knightley who is an English television and stage actor. Keira Knightley was actually supposed to be named after the Soviet Russian figure skater, Kira Valentinovna Ivanova whom his father admired but after her father misspelled the name, she was named ‘Keira’ and not ‘Kira.’

A misfortunate event took place at the age of six when she was diagnosed with dyslexia, a reading disorder but she was able to overcome it by the age of eleven with the support and love of her parents. Moreover, she was born and raised alongside her elder brother, Caleb Knightley. Besides this, she is currently 35 years old with the zodiac sign of Aries.


Nationality, Height, and Weight 

Keira Knightley holds an English nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. She is an atheist but has stated that she is desperate to convert herself to Catholicism. Besides this, she stands at a height of 5 feet and 7 inches (1.70m/170cms) tall and weighs around 54kgs (119lbs). Moreover, she has a slim body figure with a body measurement of 32-23-33 inches respectively. In addition to this, she has a pair of dark brown colored eyes with dark brown colored hair.


Education and University

Keira Knightley studied and completed her high school at the Teddington School, a co-educational state school located in Richmond upon Thames, London. For further studies, she studied in the Esher College, open access, a non-selective academy located in Thames Ditton, Surrey, England where she studied art, history, and English literature. However, she dropped out of college after studying for a year to pursue a career in acting.


Personal Life, Husband, and Kids

Keira Knightley is married to James Nicholas Righton, an English musician since the year 2013. The couple was blessed with a daughter, Edie in the year 2015 and with another daughter, Delilah in the year 2019.

Keira Knightley

Social: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Keira Knightley is not available on any social media platforms as she stated that she was crept by social media.




Keira Knightley gave her debut performance in the year 1995 when she portrayed the role of young Celia in the British-French thriller movie, ‘Innocent Lies’ followed by the role of the princess in the 1996 British television family movie, ‘The Treasure Seekers’. She has also played the role of Sabe in the 1999 American epic space opera movie, ‘Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace’ and the role of Jogger in the 2001 micro-budget short movie, ‘Deflation’. She played in movies like ‘The Hole’ and ‘Princess of Thieves’ in the year 2001 and ‘Thunderpants,’ ‘Pure,’ ‘New Year’s Eve’ and ‘The Seasons Alter’ in the year 2002. 

The same year, she received her breakthrough moment when she played the role of Jules Paxton in the romantic comedy sports movie, ‘Bend it Like Beckham’. In between these years, Keira Knightley has made appearances in numerous movies like ‘Domino’ in the year 2005, ‘The Duchess’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ in the year 2011, ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ and ‘Anna Karenina’ in the year 2012 and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ and ‘The Imitation Game’ in the year 2014.

Her most recent work came in the year 2020 when she played the role of Sally Alexander in the British comedy-drama movie, ‘Misbehavior’. Moreover, she is also said to appear in the upcoming comedy movie, ‘Silent Night’.


Pirates of the Caribbean Moments

In the year 2003, she was cast for the role of Elizabeth Swann in the American fantasy swashbuckler movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ alongside Johnny Deep and Tom Hollander. She played this role again and again down the years in the second and third installment of the series, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ in the year 2006 and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ in the year 2007. She also gave a cameo as Elizabeth Swann in the fifth installment of the franchise, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’.

Keira Knightley

Television Shows

Keira Knightley gave her debut performance in the year 1993 when she played the role of a small girl in an episode of the British television anthology drama series, ‘Screen One’. Likewise, she has appeared for an episode each in series like ‘The Bill’ in the year 1995 and has also played in numerous television movies like ‘A Village Affair’ in the year 1995, ‘The Treasure Seekers’ and ‘Coming Home’ in the year 1998. Her most recent work came in the year 2017 when she played the role of Juliet in the British romantic comedy television short movie, ‘Red Nose Day Actually’.


Achievements, Awards, and Honors

Keira Knightley was awarded the Empire Awards’ Best Actress award in the year 2008 for her work in the movie, ‘Atonement’ and with the Empire Hero award in the year 2011. Likewise, in the year 2007, she was awarded the People’s Choice award for her work in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ and with the People’s Choice Favorite Female Action Star award for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ in the year 2008. Moreover, she is a recipient of 20 other awards and accolades throughout her entire career as a professional actor.


Net Worth

As of the year 2020, Keira Knightley has an approximate net worth of $80 million.