Keira Knightley is a celebrated British actress who started her career as a child actor on television at the age of seven. She made her film debut in 1995 in the cinematic adaptation of the romantic novel, ‘A Village Affair’ (1995). Following guest appearances in a series of movies and telefilms, she earned limelight with roles in ‘Star Wars: Episode I-Phantom Menace’ (1999) and ‘Bend it Like Beckham’ (2002).
Knightley won worldwide acclaim by her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann in ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ (2003). Reprising the character in ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ sequels buttressed her status as an international star. She was nominated for ‘Academy’ and ‘Golden Globe’ Awards for ‘Best Actress’ for her performance as Elizabeth Bennet in the movie ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (2005).