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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Keira Knightley

Famous For:
Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement, The Duchess
Networth:
$60 Million
Currently Known For:
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Famous Years:
1995-Present
Keira Knightley



  Famous For:
Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement, The Duchess

  Networth:
$60 Million


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At a young age, some actors get dubbed as “the next big thing,” the one that will shatter all of the box office records and the records for most wins at the Oscars. One of those that was built up that way is British actress Keira Knightley. Though she hasn’t quite become the major blockbuster draw outside of a major franchise, Knightley has still had a long and decorated career that still has decades remaining on it, seeing as how Knightley is still in her early 30s.

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One of the reasons that Knightley was so highly touted growing up was because her parents were also well respected actors on stage. She was born in London on March 26, 1985, working with her mother in acting almost immediately after being born and including dance to round out her talents. Before being old enough to go to school, Knightley was able to get an agent, appearing on stage throughout England during her school years. However, Knightley eventually left school as she started to land more acting roles.

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Knightley’s first screen role came at eight years old when she played a small part in the 1993 show “Screen One”. Two years later, the 10 year old had a breakout year when she guest starred on “The Bill” while also having a TV movie and making her feature film debut in “Innocent Lies”. She then appeared in “The Treasure Seekers” and a pair of other TV movies to round out the 1990s while also joining the “Star Wars” franchise in a small role. Knightley played the decoy version of Queen Amidala, who was played by Natalie Portman, whom she is often compared to as it is.

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When the 2000s kicked off, so did Knightley’s promising career as a star. With a couple more TV movies under her belt, Knightley got her first starring role in the 2001 film “The Hole”, as well as the Disney film “Prince of Thieves”. The true breakout came the next year when Knightley starred in the film “Bend It Like Beckham”, which led nicely into her casting in the 2003 film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” playing Elizabeth Swann.

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Knightley was just 18 years old at the time of the film’s release, which really solidified her potential as a star. The film set records at the box office, and its success allowed Knightley to get more leading roles in high budget films. Two more returns to the “Pirates” franchise followed in the 2000s, as well as starring roles in movies such as “King Arthur”, “Love Actually”, “Domino” and “Atonement”. She even earned an Oscar nomination during this time for “Pride & Prejudice” for her leading role.

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Another Oscar nomination came in the 2010s when Knightley starred in “The Imitation Game” in 2014. This followed some successful films that ranged from high budget films like “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” to more independent films like “London Boulevard”. Though Knightley didn’t win either of the Oscars, getting multiple nominations is something that most actors can only dream of.

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Knightley has continued to stay away from doing television outside of the occasional appearance, though her last miniseries was nearly a decade ago. She’s still been quite busy on film, though, appearing in several movies in the past couple of years. In 2015, Knightley was part of the ensemble cast of “Everest”, and then joined another ensemble led by Will Smith the next year with “Collateral Beauty”.

Right around that time, Knightley had become recently married to musician James Righton. The two had a daughter that was born in 2015, though Knightley didn’t take much time off of work. In 2017, Knightley returned to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise once again, marking her first in over a decade with “Dead Men Tell No Tales”. Since then, Knightley has had recent rolls in “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, as well as the title role of “Colette”. Now, Knightley has several films coming up with a pair of dramatic thrillers, as well as a pair of romantic comedies including “Berlin, I Love You”.

There was a lot of pressure on Knightley when she was in her late teens and early 20s, but she’s not feeling that type of pressure anymore. Knightley said that critics aren’t as harsh these days and the photogs don’t hound her nearly as often. “Up to 25, I was pretty neurotic,” she admitted. “I suddenly woke up at 25 and was like, ‘It’s all OK.’” When it comes to her work now, Knightley doesn’t pressure herself into roles. “Who gives a s***?” she said about critics. “My attitude now is that some people will enjoy it and some people won’t. Just make it for the people who enjoy it.”

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One question that’s been asked frequently toward Knightley is whether or not she will become a director in her career. “I have thought about directing,” she said. “Right now there’s that classic female thing of being too terrified of it not being perfect. It’s a terrible affliction, because really what you should just do is dive in and give it a go. Maybe one day I'll get over my fear and just do it.” As Knightley has said, the first part of her career is recently ended. “It’s beginning again,” she said.