Keira Knightley Undressed
Keira Christina Knightley (born March 26, 1985) is an Academy Award-nominated English actress. She began her career as a child actress, and came to international fame in 2003, after major roles in the films Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pride and Prejudice. Knightley has since become a notable lead actress, having starred in several Hollywood films and receiving an Academy Award nomination for "Best Actress" in 2005. Her most recent film is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Knightley began her acting career at the age of seven, making her television debut in Royal Celebration (1993) and also appearing on the television series, The Bill (1995). She appeared in several more made-for-television films in the mid to late 1990s, before being cast as Sabé, Padmé Amidala's decoy, in the 1999 science fiction blockbuster Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Knightley was cast in the role due to her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played Padmé; the two actresses' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when they were heavily made up. Knightley's first starring role followed in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in a made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature, Princess of Thieves. During this time period, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States, and in a mini-series remake of Doctor Zhivago that was first aired in 2002.
Knightley, who currently lives in Central London, is dating her Pride and Prejudice co-star, Rupert Friend; the two have moved in together. Knightley has stated that she feels uncomfortable dressing up and that she prefers British men over Americans, because she feels that British men are less concerned about their own appearance.
In May of 2006, Knightley was reported to be a member of the Jewish Kabbalah religion.