Real Name: Keira Christina Knightley
Height: 5' 7
Hair: Light Brown
Born: March 26 1985 in the South London suburb of Richmond.
Discovered: Keira wanted an agent from age three but it was at age six that she got one. It payed off with her first role a year later, in 1994, in the British TV series, "Royal Celebration". Some more recognition came at age nine with her first movie role in "A Village Affair".
Resume: Keira started with a few British TV roles, including in the crime series "The Bill", and alongside Peter O' Toole in the TV movie, Coming Home.
Her big break came in 1999 with her secret role as Natalie Portman's decoy, Padme, to Portman's Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace". Keira continued with a role as Robin Hood's daughter, Gwyn, in Disney's P"rincess of Thieves". In 2002, Keira shot to fame with "Bend It Like Beckham", a hit in the UK and worldwide.
Keira's success followed with her role as Larisa Feodorovna Guishar - the classic heroine of Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Zhivago", made famous by Julie Christie. Still, Keira didn't become a movie star until she won the lead female role in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl".
Keira also took on modeling as the celebrity face of British jeweler and luxury goods retailer Asprey.
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Her following movie role in "King Arthur" wasn't a blockbuster hit, but Keira became the breakout star of the film. In 2004 Keira filmed "The Jacket" with Oscar-winner Adrien Brody. Keira's also became even more well known, and looked gorgeous in the movie adaptation of Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice".
Known For: Her athletic talent in the hit, "Bend It Like Beckham".
Romance: Keira's first serious boyfriend was her Thieves co-star Del Synnott.
At a photoshoot for the luxury company Asprey, Keira met and fell in love with Northern Irish model Jamie Dornan.
Quotes: "I loathe watching myself. You've got your own ugly mug staring back at you and it's a jarring sensation. I always think I'm like a man. I'm more of a tomboy than a girly-girl, which is why i can never walk in stilettos very well. I look drunk." - Keira Knightley
"Acting requires me to be very observant, which means being able to sit in cafes for hours and watch people." - Keira Knightley
"For five minutes it's fantastic, but oxygen deprivation is a big problem." - Keira Knightley [on wearing corsets]