Facts About Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is popular for her exotic beauty and her terrific acting skills. She was born to Will Knightley, an actor, and Sharman Macdonald, a writer and an actress. At the age of three, Keira Knightley told her parents that she wished to have an agent of her own! In the 90s, she was cast to play the role of Angela in one of the episodes of “Screen One.” Knightley went on to act in some minor roles in a number of movies and shows.
Despite Knightley’s love for acting, her parents made sure that she did not skip too much school. She had trouble reading because she was diagnosed with dyslexia. However, she overcame her problem by working very hard on her reading. Knightley took up a role in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” when she was just 12 years old.
Knightley’s much-needed break came via the movie, “Bend It Like Beckham,” which was directed by Gurinder Chadha. It is a fan favorite even today! When she started playing the role of Elizabeth Swann in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Knightley became a household name.
Many considered her to be just a “pretty face” who had some luck in the acting field. This led Knightley to doubt her own acting abilities. But everything changed when she was nominated for the Oscar for her role in the film, “Pride and Prejudice.”
The constant scrutiny of her life and her fame took a toll on Knightley’s mental health. Also, there were rumors of an eating disorder. But, she has succeeded in overcoming it all. Today, the English actress is married to musician, James Righton, and they have two daughters.