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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Keira Knightley: The star of our days


My favourite actress is Keira Knightley. Her full name is Keira Christina Knightley and she was born 26 March 1985, in Teddington, London, England. She is an English actress and model. Keira began acting as a child and came to international notice in 2002.  From 2003 her appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean” film series took her to much greater prominence. Knightley has appeared in several Hollywood films and earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel “Pride and Prejudice”. You can read about this great book here:"Pride and prejudice" - summary and see Keira Knightley starring in the movie here: Keira Knightley in "Pride and prejudice. Two years later she was nominated again for the. Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in  “Atonement”.

          Keira Knighthley’s parents are Will Knightley (a theatre and television actor) and Sharman MacDonald (an award-winning playwright). She has an elder brother called Caleb. She was born as Kiera, but she changed her name in Keira for make it easier to pronounce for international audience.
          Her career started in 1993, when she played mostly in commercials and small TV roles. Knightley had a lot of small roles until 2004. In 2005, she appeared in 3 films. The first of which was “The Jacket”, alongside Adrien Brody. She next appeared in Tony Scott's “Domino”, an action film based on the life of Domino Harvey. The film has been Knightley's greatest critical flop to date. Knightley's critics often suggested she was nothing more than a pretty face, which led the young starlet to comment to Elle magazine, "I always feel like I’m the one with everything to prove."
Pride and Prejudice” rounded out 2005. Knightley loved the book since she was seven. In 2006, Knightley was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences”. Her biggest financial hit thus far, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest”, was released in July 2006. Until 2008 she played in many movies that make it much more known, including the second film from “Pirates of the Carribean”.
Since 2009 to present she played only title characters, in a lot of  media productions. Next year, actually 2012, she will appear in “Ana Karenina”, directed by Joe Wright, as the title character, too.
As a result of her rapid rise to fame, Knightley has been the focus of significant media attention. She has been described by press reports as "famously open with media”, although Knightley herself has stated "I don't talk about my private life." Keira's look has often been described in publications as gamine. Knightley has denied rumours she is anorexic, although she did say—after her appearance at the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest” premiere led to media speculation that her extremely slender figure was due to an eating disorder—that her family has a history of anorexia.
 In July 2006, she said that has become a workaholic, detailing that "the last five years have blended into one. I can't tell you what was last year and what was the year before" and specifying that she was "working too much".
She had only 2 theatre apparitions, both recently, in 2009/2010 and 2011. Her first role was in television, not in movies, in “Screen One: Royal Celebration” as the Little Girl and her last appartion in a TV production was in 2007.
Keira Knightley collaborated with the most important actors and became one of them quickly. She played and is still playing in very popular movies with the most known directors.