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Keira Knightley: Her Top 17 Must Watch Movies

Updated on June 27, 2016

Keira Knightley: brief profile

Birth Name: Keira Christina Knightley

Born on: March 26, 1985, Teddington, United Kingdom

Height: 1.7 m

Spouse: James Righton (m. 2013)

Live in: Canonbury, Islington

Sibling: Caleb Knightley

Children: Edie

Parents: Will Knightley, Sharman Macdonald

..with her family
..with her family

Keira Christina Knightley

Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress and model. She is the daughter of actor, Will Knightley and playwright, Sharman Macdonald. Keira Knightley was born on 26 March 1985 in South London suburb of Richmond (Teddington). She had an older brother, Caleb Knightley, who was born in 1979.

Knightley began acting as a child on television. She is also trained in dancing. She made her film debut in 1995 in Moira Armstrong's A Village Affair (TV). She played supporting role as Natalie Portman's decoy "Padme" to Portman's "Amidala" in “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace” (1999). After co-starring in the film, “Bend It Like Beckham” as tomboy footballer and appearing in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Knightley gained international fame.

In 2008, she became the second highest-paid actress in Hollywood. She reportedly earned $32 million in 2007 making her the only non-American on the list of highest paid actresses.

She got married with James Nicholas Righton(born 25 August 1983), an English musician on 4 May 2013 in Mazan, Vaucluse in the south of France. Their daughter, Edie, was born in May 2015.

Top 17 Movies Keira Knightley

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  • Love Actually (2003)
  • Atonement (2007)
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
  • Never Let Me Go (2010)
  • Anna Karenina (2012)
  • The Jacket (2005)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  • The Duchess (2008)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
  • A Dangerous Method (2011)
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Last Night (2010)
  • The Imitation Game (2014)
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)


Actors: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport

Directors: Gore Verbinski

Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


The roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) idyllic pirate life capsizes after his nemesis, the wily Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), steals his ship- the Black Pearl- and later attacks the town of Port Royal, kidnapping the governor's beautiful daughter Elizabeth (Keira Knightley). In a gallant attempt to rescue her and recapture the Black Pearl, Elizabeth's childhood friend Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) joins forces with Jack. What Will doesn't know is that a cursed treasure has doomed Barbossa and his crew to live forever as the undead.

Love Actually (2003)

Actors: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson

Rated: R (Restricted)

Studio: Universal Studios

Love Actually is the ultimate romantic comedy, which is funny, irresistible and heartwarming, an all-star cast .It will take you on a breathtaking tour of love's delightful twists and turns. Fall under the spell of Love Actually and share the laughs and charm again and again.

Atonement (2007)


Actors: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan, Ailidh Mackay

Directors: Joe Wright

Writers: Ian McEwan, Christopher Hampton

Producers: Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner, Ian McEwan, Jane Frazer, Liza Chasin

Rated: R (Restricted)

Studio: Universal Studios


The story centers around the love story of highborn Cecilia Tallis (Keira Knightley) and housekeeper’s son Robbie Turner (James McAvoy, in a star-making turn), in England shortly before World War II. Despite their class differences, they are powerfully attracted to each other, and just as their relationship begins Robbie is tragically forced away due to false accusations from Cecilia’s younger sister Briony (Saoirse Ronan). She has a crush on Robbie, too, and after reading a private letter he sent to Cecilia, and then witnessing the first expression of their mutual love but mistaking it for mistreatment, her resentment grows until it leads to her telling the lie that will send Robbie away. Soon World War II breaks out; Robbie enlists and is posted to France, Cecilia is a nurse in London, and Briony, now age 18 and aware of what she has done, tries to atone for her actions--but none of them will be able to get back what they have lost.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Actors: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Carey Mulligan

Directors: Joe Wright (IV)

Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: Universal Studios

When Elizabeth Bennett (Knightley) meets the handsome Mr. Darcy (Matthew MacFadyen), she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined in an unexpected adventure, she finds herself captivated by the very person she swore to loathe for all eternity.

Based on the beloved masterpiece by Jane Austen, it is the classic tale of love and misunderstanding that sparkles with romance, wit and emotional force.

Critics are calling it "Exhilarating.

A joy from start to finish" (Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)


Writers: Based On Characters Created By Ted Elliott & Terry, Based On Walt Disney's PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, Written By Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio

Actors: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Stellan Skarsg-rd, Bill Nighy

Directors: Gore Verbinski

Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment


Jack's got a blood debt to pay -- he owes his soul to the legendary Davy Jones, ghostly Ruler of the Ocean Depths . . . but ever-crafty Jack isn't about to go down without a fight. Along the way, dashing Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and the beautiful Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) get caught up in the thrilling whirlpool of misadventures stirred up in Jack's quest to avoid eternal damnation by seizing the fabled Dead Man's Chest!

Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Actors: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe

Directors: Mark Romanek

Writers: Alex Garland, Kazuo Ishiguro

Producers: Alex Garland, Allon Reich, Andrew Macdonald, Joanne Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro

Rated: R (Restricted)

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield) are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth--that they are genetically engineered clones raised to be organ donors--they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day), Never Let Me Go is an intriguing exploration of hope and humanity.

Anna Karenina (2012)


Actors: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Director: Joe Wright

Produced by: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellne and Paul Webster

Writer: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Genre: Drama

Studio: Working Title Films

The Jacket
The Jacket

The Jacket (2005)


Actors: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch

Director: John Maybury

Rated: R (Restricted)

Studio: Warner Home Video

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Actors: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Jonathan Pryce

Director: Gore Verbinski

Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures


Just when he s needed most Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) that witty and wily charmer of a pirate is trapped on a sea of sand in Davy Jones Locker. In an increasingly shaky alliance Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) begin a desperate quest to find and rescue him. Captain Jack s the last of the nine Pirate Lords of the Brethren Court who must come together united in one last stand to preserve the freedom-loving pirates way of life. From exotic Singapore to World s End and beyond from Shipwreck Island to a titanic battle this adventure s filled with over-the-edge action irreverent humor and seafaring myth and magic.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)


Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Produced by: Steve Golin, Joy Gorman, Mark Roybal and Steven M. Rales

Written by: Lorene Scafaria

Genre: comedy-drama

Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley

Studio : Mandate Pictures & Indian Paintbrush

 The Imitation Game 2014
The Imitation Game 2014

The Imitation Game & Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

The Imitation Game 2014

Director: Morten Tyldum

Producers: Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky & Teddy Schwarzman

Writer: Graham Moore

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear , Charles Dance, Mark Strong

Music by: Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography: Óscar Faura

Edited by: William Goldenberg

Production companies: Black Bear Pictures & Bristol Automotive

Distributor: StudioCanal (United Kingdom) & The Weinstein Company (United States)

Running time: 114 minutes

The movie is loosely based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Alan Turing had decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during World War II.

In The Imitation Game, Keira Knightley plays Joan Clarke, cryptanalyst who worked at Bletchley Park as part of the team trying to crack the Enigma code and who died in 1996 aged 79.

Keira was nominated Oscar Academy Award for Supporting Actress for the second times for her role in this historical thriller, The Imitation Game in 2014.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Produced by: Mace Neufeld, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, David Barron & Mark Vahradian

Written by: Adam Cozad & David Koepp

Starring : Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh, Keira Knightley

Music by: Patrick Doyle

Cinematography: Haris Zambarloukos

Edited by: Martin Walsh

Production companies: Skydance Productions, di Bonaventura Pictures, Mace Neufeld Productions

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Running time: 105 minutes

Based on characters created by Tom Clancy, the film features the fictional character Jack Ryan, who is marine turned CIA spy. It is the fifth film in the Jack Ryan series. Pine stars in the title role, becoming the fourth actor to play Ryan, following Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Knightley plays Cathy Muller alongside Chris Pine. Cathy Muller is a local nurse and medical student, who later on became fiancée of Pine.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

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