DOB: March 26, 1985
Background: Knightley is an English model and actress. She is the daughter of playwright Sharman MacDonald and actor Will Knightley. She overcame dyslexia when she was a child and began pursuing acting, getting a talent agent at the age of six.
Filmography: She appeared in television productions before being cast as Queen Amidala's decoy in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." Three years later she played a star-making role in the soccer comedy "Bend it Like Beckham" (2002), before appearing in the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" films as Elizabeth Swann. She starred in contemporary films "Domino" and "Love Actually," but she is better known for her work in period films, including "The Duchess," "Atonement," "King Arthur," and "Pride and Prejudice," the last of which earned her an Oscar nomination when she was just twenty years old. Last year she appeared in the sci-fi drama "Never Let Me Go," and this year will be seen in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method." She will soon reunite with "Atonement" director Joe Wright for a film adaptation of the classic novel "Anna Karenina."
Best Actress Nomination
"Pride and Prejudice" (2005); lost to Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line")
Best Film Drama Actress Nomination
"Atonement" (2008); lost to Julie Christie ("Away From Her")
Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress Nomination
"Pride and Prejudice" (2006); lost to Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line")