Born to Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald, on 26th March 1985, her full name is Keira Christina Knightley. She was born in Teddington, London England. The OBE British actress has multiple awards and stands as an important name in the British film industry. Keira Knightley net worth in 2019 is $60 million dollars.
Keira Knightley Family
Keira Knightley’s parents are actors but her mother has also worked as a playwright. Keira and her brother Caleb were familiar with acting, theatre, and ballet since childhood. Her father is of English descent while her mother is of Scottish-Welsh ancestry. It is said that she was named after a famous ice skater that her father was fond of.
Keira Knightley Education
Knightley received early schooling at Teddington School. She needed a lot of tuition because she was diagnosed with dyslexia at age six, but due to her parents’ support, she was able to recover by age eleven. She attended college at Esher College and focused on literature and arts. She dropped out of college at the age of 17 to make acting her proper career as she had been performing in plays and theatre from a very young age of 3.
Keira Knightley Filmography/ Career
Knightley had been taking part in small and amateur production as she grew up, including a drama written by her mother titled After Juliet. She required an agent at the age of three, but by six she had an agent and was performing in commercials and TV shows. Her first television appearance is recorded to be in 1993 in a telefilm Royal Celebrations. The second feature was in A Village Affair in 1995 in which she characterized the daughter of a woman who was involved in extramarital affairs.
She appeared in a number of television films during 1990 which included Oliver Twist, Coming Home, Innocent Lies, The Treasure Seekers. Her character of Sabe in the successful science fiction Star Wars: Episode 1- Phantom of Menace, proved to be a notable one for.
Her first out-standing appearance was in 2001 in the Princess of Thieves which is a Walt Disney production. She was cast as the daughter of Robin Hood in the feature film after she had undertaking training in horse riding and archery. The next high-rated role was in television mini-series Doctor Zhivago, where she played Lara Antipova in 2002. In the same year, she also starred in a drama film called Pure. Although her works were being reviewed well, she could get enough fame to have a breakthrough role.
This was until 2002 when she was cast in Bend It Like Beckham. She played the role of an aspired footballer and was appreciated as the movie grossed high in the United Kingdom as well as in the U.S. The role had required Knightley to train in football for three months. Her hard work paid off and she ended up capturing the London Film Critics’ Circle award for Best Newcomer.
In 2003, her breakthrough made it possible for her to get a role of Elizabeth Swann in the hit American fantasy Pirates Of the Caribbean: The Curse Of the Black Pearl. She was cast to play as an 18th-century pirate alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom.
She played in the British romantic comedy film titled Love Actually with Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, and Emma Thompson; which grossed as high as $247 million and was released in 2003. In 2004, Knightley played Queen Guinevere in King Arthur, which is a historical film.
In 2005, Knightley appeared in Domino and The Jacket but the most notable work of the year was playing Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice with Talulah Riley, and Rosamund Pike. She was cast by the film’s director Joe Wright, who at first had thought her too pretty for the role. The period drama received extremely appreciative reviews and made a good earning of US$120 million. She and Joe Wright worked together on two or movies, Atonement with Saoirse Ronan in 2007 and Anna Karenina with Jude Law, & Aaron Taylor-Johnson in 2012. All of the three are period dramas that have been a huge success on the box office.
The other sequels of Pirates Of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End were released in 2005 and 2006. The latter proved to be the biggest financial achievement in Knightley’s career.
In 2010, he was cast alongside Carrie Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in the novel based film, Never Let Me Go. In 2011, she appeared in A Dangerous Method. Her first musical, Begin Again with Mark Ruffalo & Hailee Steinfeld, was released in 2013. In 2014, Knightley played in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with Chris Pine and also in Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, which turned out to be another high-grossing success. In 2018, she appeared as the lead role in Colette, playing the character of the French poetess. The same year saw her in The Nutcracker and The Four Realms with Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman. In 2019, she played in The Aftermath.
Keira Knightley Affairs/ Boyfriends
In 2001, Knightley began dating Del Synnott whom she had become acquainted with during the filming Princess of Thieves and separated in 2003. She subsequently dated Jamie Dornan, actor, and model in 2003. They stayed together for two years and separated in 2005. For the next five years, she and her Pride and Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend till they parted in 2010.
She then got in a relationship with musician James Righton in 2011 and married in 2013. They had a daughter in 2015.
Keira Knightley Net Worth
Keira Knightley net worth is estimated at $60 million dollars. The Net Worth of Keira Knightley includes remuneration from movies, income from brand endorsements and personal investments.
Interesting Facts about Keira Knightly
- She was named a Russian ice skater, Kira but her mother misspelled her name on her birth certificate and wrote Keira but she was supposed to be named Kiera.
- She was nominated for Academy Awards twice and many times Globe Awards and BAFTA.
- She was given the honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Phillips in 2018 for her excellent services in charity and drama.
- Knightley was so fond of acting since childhood that she asked for a manager at the age of 3.
- Despite her love for acting, she says she regrets not attending university and feels uneducated. Therefore, she loves to spend her time reading.
- Even though her dyslexia was cured, she still has difficulty in reading out loud.