What is Keira Knightley’s net worth? Keira Knightley is a British actress. She is well-known for her role in period dramas, independent films as well as big-budget blockbuster production. Keira has earned her nominations for three Golden Globe Awards, two British Academy, two Academy Awards, and three British independent films. Keira’s fame came when she first appeared in films like Bend it like Beckham, Pride and Prejudice, and Love Actually. She gained her vast recognition for playing Elizabeth Swan in 2003 on the film Pirates of the Caribbean. Keira has a net worth of $80 million.
Keira Knightley Biography and Early Life
Keira Christina Knightley was born on March 26, 1985, in Teddington, London, England. Her parents, Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley were both theatre actors. Her mother is Scottish while her father is English. Keira has an elder brother called Caleb. Macdonald worked as a playwright, therefore, introducing her children to theatre and ballet at an early age.
Keira attended Teddington School. She was diagnosed with dyslexia at six but fully recovered when she was eleven. At first, Keira admitted interested in acting and that she wanted to emulate her mother. At the age of six, she got her agent and consequently got to play in some small Parts of television drama. Keira performed in several local amateur productions, including After Juliet, which was written by her mother. She also acted in the United States, written by her drama teacher. Keira joined Esher College, where she focused on art, history, and English. She, however, dropped after a year to pursue her acting career.
Career and Rise to Fame
Knightley’s career was driven by her childhood passion in the acting industry. She was always after emulating her mother who became her mentor in the process. Keira first appeared in minor television roles and few commercials. Her early appearances were in the 1993 show, Screen One. This was followed by a series of roles in other films that included Innocent Lies (1995), The True Seekers of 1996, Coming Home (1998), and Oliver Twist (1999). Keira was just twelve when she played Sabe’s role, Amidala’s handmaiden in the Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999).
In 2001, Knightley appeared in the Princess of Thieves, a Walt Disney Production film, as Robbin Hood’s daughter. This was her significant breakthrough and a role that defined her whole career. She went ahead appearing in the film, The Hole, in the same year before landing another role in the miniseries, Doctor Zhivago and Pure, both in early 2002. Her breakthrough came when she starred in her mainstream sports comedy film Bend It Like Beckham towards the end of 2002. The film was a hit and Keira gained wider global recognition.
Following her outstanding performance in the Bend It Like Beckham, her character got elevated. Keira was chosen for a leading role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2003. The film was ranked #1 at the box office despite its low expectation. She would also play the role of Elizabeth Swann in the same series prequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World Ends in 2007 and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales of 2017.
Alongside some other renowned figures such as Hugh Grants, Collin Firth, and Rowan Atkinson, Keira played another highlighting role in the romantic comedy film, Love Actually. Keira also starred in another film King Arthur (2004), The Jacket (2005), Pride and Prejudice of 2005 that got her nominated for the Best Actress Award, both at the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. The year 2007 came, Knightley was on the track once again starring in the film, Silk and Atonement. Her performance attracted positive critics leading to her being nominated for the Best Actress at both the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.
Since 2008 Knightley has appeared in a series of various films such as The Duchess (2008), Last Night, London Boulevard, and Never Let Me Go all in 2010. Others included A Dangerous Method, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Keira’s first musical film debuted in 2013 starring alongside James Corden and Mark Ruffalo as a singer-songwriter.
Other than her role play in films, Keira has too ventured into theatrics as well. She appeared I 2009 at her comedy’s, West End, first debut in Comedy Theatre in London for the production of the comedy, The Misanthrope. She later made her Broadway production of Therese Raqui in 2015
How she Spends her Money
Philanthropy: Keira Knightley has been one of the figures supporting Amnesty International. She has played a role in facilitating campaigns on causes that champions human rights. Besides, Keira has shown her support for other organizations like the Comic Relief Charity, American Library Association, Oxfam, Women’s aid, Water Aid, the SMA Trust, and the United Nations’ Refugee Agency.