Keira Christina Righton née Knightley, born 26 March 1985 is an English actress.

Known for her work in both independent films and blockbusters, 

particularly period dramas, she has received several accolades, 

including nominations for two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards,

Laurence Olivier Award. In 2018, she was appointed Officer of the Order of. 

the British Empire (OBE) for her services to drama and charity

Born in London to actors Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald,

Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials,

Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials,

Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials,

Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials,

in the sports film Bend It Like Beckham (2002) achieved global stardom for,

playing Elizabeth Swann in the fantasy swashbuckler series Pirates of,

the Caribbean She appeared in the Christmas romantic comedy Love Actually 2003,

was labelled a promising teen star.For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet,

 in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for, 

the Academy Award for Best Actress. She starred in a series of further period pieces,

portraying a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish,

in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in Anna Karenina (2012).

She then forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing aspiring musician.

in Begin Again (2013) and a medical student in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014).

Knightley returned to historical films by playing cryptoanalyst Joan Clarke,

in The Imitation Game (2014), earning her a second round of Academy, 

Award and BAFTA nominations starred as the eponymous. 

belle époque writer in Colette 2018 to critical acclaim.