Keira Knightley Biography, Age, Birthday, Height, Affairs, Controversies

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Born (Date & Place) 26 March 1985 in Teddington, London, United Kingdom
Full Name Keira Christina Knightley
Nicknames Boo
Height 5’7
Age 34
Popular Movies/TV Series Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess, Pirates of the Caribbean, Never let me go, King Arthur

Shows- Doctor Zhivago(2002), Neverland(2011), Oliver Twist(1999), Coming Home(1998), Screen One(1989-1998)

Debut A Village Affair (1994)
Awards/Honors People’s Choice Award for Favorite On- Screen Chemistry (2007)

Empire Award for Best Actress (2008)

Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie- Liplock (2004, 2007)

Teen Choice Award for Choice Hissy Fit- Film (2006)

Empire Hero Award (2011)

Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action/ Adventure (2007)

British Independent Film Award – The Variety Award (2005)

Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie- Chemistry (2004)

Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie- Scream Scene (2006)

People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie (2008)

Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Esemble Cast Award (2015)

Glamour Award for Film Actress (2004)

SFX Award for Best Actress (2004)

Irish Film and Television Awards – Audience Award – Best International Actress (2004)

Rembrandt Award for Best International Actress (2008)

Address London
Family Father- Will Knightley

Mother- Sharman Macdonald

Brother- Caleb Knightley

Grandfather- Joseph Macdonald

William Francis Knightley

Grandmother- Janet Rewat

Violet Knightley

Uncle- Colin Knightley

Spouse- James Righton

Daughter- Edie Knightley Righton


Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She was seen in her first featured film debut in 1994. Knightley’s breakthrough was seen in the movie ‘Bend it like Beckham’ in 2002. She is best known for winning many awards such as British Academy Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards for her films. Knightley is also a big fan of football games and she is a supporter of West Ham United Football Club based in London. When she was just 20 , she received an Academy Award Award for her role in the film,’Pride and Prejudice’ in 2006. Because of this, she became the fifth youngest actress in Oscar history to receive this honor.

Knightley was just six when she was seen by an agent for acting. Knightley not only won awards and hearts of people by her acting skills and talent but she is also ranked as the ‘second sexiest voice in the country’ by the UK’s Royal National Institute.

Knightley’s glamour made her listed and ranked in many lists such as she was listed as one of the world’s sexiest celebrity on many occasions. In 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, she was ranked as ‘one of the 100 sexiest women in the world’ by FHM. In 2006, she was also the ninth one on the list of Maxim’s Hot 100 list in 2006. Knightley somewhere ruled on these lists due to her acting, talent and her glamour.

Early Life & Family

Keira Knightley’s full name is Keira Christina Knightley but for professional life and professional purposes she uses her short name. Her name ‘Keira’ means dark haired.  She was born on 26 March, 1985 in Teddington, London, England. She is born in an family of actors because her father, Will Knightley was an English television ad stage actor whereas her mother, Sharman was an Scottish playwright , scriptwriter and an actress.

A truth behind the name ‘Keira’ is that her mother wanted to name her daughter Kira on the name after an Russian skater ‘Kira Ivanova’. But when it came to register her new born child, she misspelled it and she ended up naming her ‘Keira’. Her father admired that Russian skater that they wanted to name her daughter after her name. She was introduced to ballet and theater at an very early age.

This made her interest developed in acting and at the age of six she was contacted by an agent. Knightley was also diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 6 but she fully recovered at 11. It is said that she was a slow reader and cannot read out loud in her school days. Soon she started her career by appearing in many of the television dramas and commercials. She is a successful college dropout to pursue her career in acting and she once said that “I was very single- minded about acting”.


Keira Knightley got married to James Righton in 2013. They were first got introduced to each other by one mutual friend Alexa Chung. This couple is one of the latest high profile couple. James Righton is an singer and a keyboard player for the rock group Klaxons. They first met in 2011 and started dating each other in the same year. Other than her husband she earlier had an relationship with Rupert Friend who met at the film ‘pride and prejudice’ and they were appeared in the hottest couples of the 2010 list.

They were in a five year of relationship. But they split in 2011. Knightley also dated the actor Jamie Dornan from ’50 shades of grey’ and were together for two years. They met in an photo shoot and it was said that it was very hard for Jamie handling Keira’s success. She dated only few man from the industry and chose to marry James Righton finally in 2013. They both had a private wedding ceremony with only 11 guests and didn’t had any grand wedding. They are blessed with two children.

Popular Movies/TV Series

There are many popular and blockbusting given by Keira Knightley. Her many popular movies are-‘pirates of the Caribbean- dead man’s chest’, ‘bend it like Beckham’, ‘last night’, ‘pride and prejudice’ etc. Knightley debuted with her first film in ‘A village affair’ in 1995. She was not much recognized at that time but her breakthrough was the ‘bend it like Beckham’ in 2002. She was appreciated for her role in the movie by many critics and audience. Before debuting in movies she did many of the commercials and small roles in television.

For her role and character in this movie she took three months extensive football training under English football coach. Keira once said that “I remember telling friends I was doing this girl’s soccer movie and nobody thought that it was gonna be any good”. Also in order to appreciate one critic James Berardinelli says that” the cast was very energetic and likeable and Keira and Nagra both brought a lot of spirit to their instantly likable characters”. Her film, ‘pirates of the Caribbean’ is still a highly appreciated movie for her performance and the film was a blockbuster plus smashed the box office collection.

Keira is also known for her work in ‘dramas’ especially. She did a war time drama ‘edge of love’ which was written by her mother, Sharman in 2008. Best known for ‘dramas’ , she did few television series such as ,’doctor Zhivago'(2002), ‘never land’ (2011), ‘Oliver Twist'(1999), ‘coming home’ (1998), ‘screen one’ (1989-1998).


Keira caught up in few of the controversies. Keira Knightley published an essay in which she criticized ‘The duchess of Cambridge’ for her appearance. This collection was named as “Feminists Don’t Wear Pink” (And Other Lies). In this essay she criticizes Kate Middleton’s appearance when she was pregnant.

In essay she wrote “Hide, hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate”. She wrote such lines because Kate was spotted outside the hospital for seven hours with her face made up and high heels on. This essay was “The Weaker Sex” and she dedicated this to her three year old daughter, Edie.

Another controversy was made due to controversial comments upon her Disney films. Keira in a show ‘the Ellen DeGeneras’ reveals that she banned her three year daughter to not to watch Disney movies. She says that “She is banned from watching Cinderella, as the film is about waiting around for a rich guy to rescue her – no, rescue yourself.” A guardian replies that “Don’t fuck with Cinderella. Her fans will end you”.

Personal Quotes (Maximum 4)

  • “It’s good to know that people think differently, and that’s what makes the character interesting”.
  • “You already feel unsure of yourself, and then you see your worst fears in print. It really knocked me – which is why I think, I was working, working, working because I was trying to run away from the fact that I thought I couldn’t do it”.
  • “It’s impossible. You try to have any kind of relationship with your family, with a man, or with a friend, and you have to be on the phone and the internet the entire time.”
  • “I really that in this industry women have to be very true to themselves about what they are comfortable with”.

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