Keira Christina Knightley is born in Teddington, London to playwright Sharman Macdonald and actor Will Knightley. She has an elder brother named Caleb. She attends Stanley Junior School in Teddington.
We managed to go on holidays, but there were periods when my parents were out of work and wouldn’t know if they could keep the house.
Knightley appears on the cover of issue #115 of Flaunt magazine. She talks about playing in The Children’s Hour and what’s next for her.
[H]opefully, at the end of the year, I’m going to do a film with Joe Wright, who I did Pride and Prejudice and Atonement with, but given the financial climate, nothing is ever for certain, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Knightley appears on the cover of the April 2012 issue of Interview magazine. She talks about choosing roles and working with Steve Carrell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
He has this amazing ability to be incredibly funny but have that pathos at the same time – sort of that crying-clown thing. The movie itself has comic moments, but it’s about the end of the world, so obviously it has an apocalyptic feel to it that’s not that comic, because everybody dies … Other than that, though, it’s hilarious.
Knightley appears on the October cover of Vogue. Knightley discusses her upcoming marriage and feminism.
I remember doing interviews, and people would ask, as if it was a joke, ‘So you mean you are a feminist?’ As though feminism couldn’t be discussed unless we were making fun of it. I don’t want to deny my femininity. But would I want to be a stay-at-home mother? No. On the other hand, you should be allowed to do that, as should men, without being sneered at.
Knightley discusses current and upcoming projects, including Anna Karenina, in this interview for PBS. On being drawn to period pieces:
I think it’s the element of fantasy, actually. I find that really interesting. It’s a world that’s rules you don’t know, so the rules can be created, so the drama can always be created, and kind of almost freed within that. I quite like it as a kind of dramatic conceit. I find it an interesting way to draw myself in and to draw people in. I guess it’s something to do with that.
Knightley appears on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Allure magazine. She talks about when she’s getting married and nudity in acting roles.
I’m quite rigorous about what gets exposed. No bottom half! I don’t mind exposing my tits because they’re so small—people really aren’t that interested!
Knightley appears on the cover of the December 2012 issue of Flare magazine. She talks about Anna Karenina, playing Anna, and growing up in the public eye.
When I was very young, I was hounded by these hideous men. What they wanted was the picture of me falling out of the club. They weren’t going to get that out of me. No, I chose very, very deliberately not to, because I couldn’t bear the idea of giving in to them. It takes a stubbornness.
The actress and singer wed in a low-key ceremony in Providence, France. Knightely wears an above them knee strapless tulle dress, cropped Chanel jacket and ballet shoes. While the groom wears a dark blue suit and light blue tie. An audience of 11 wore casual clothes.
Knightley appears on the cover of the June 2014 issue of Beach magazine. She talks about Joe Wright, Coco Chanel, and making peace with her career choice.
For a long time, I had trouble saying I was an actress, but today I can. I’m still just as stressed out when I start a film shoot, and I’m not happy with everything that I do—far from it. But with time and each new film, I continue to learn, unlearn and learn again, and therefore build who I am.
Knightley plays Greta in this drama directed by John Carney. She is unambitious song writer who accompanies her ambitious boyfriend to New York to be hyped by his record label. There she is seduced by fame, success and a woman helping her achieve them. Co-starring Mark Rufallo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Adam Levine.
It was shot in New York and I think New York is an integral character so it feels special to be at a film festival that’s very appropriate and hope people will love it and love the view of the city in the film.
Seacrest interviews Knightley during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and asks her if she will start a singing career now that she has played a singer in the film Begin Again with Adam Levine.
No, not really. Never done it before. I had done it a little bit in a film about eight years ago, and I forgot that I found that completely terrifying and I found this completely terrifying, as well.
Knightley appears on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Glamour magazine. The photograph is shot by Munro. In the magazine, Knightley talks about doing a romantic comedy.
With a feel-good film you are always risking going way too cheesy….But maybe I can have a little holiday where I’m not playing a character who is being destroyed.
Knightley appears on the cover of the July 2014 issue of Elle UK magazine. She talks about how she is going to tell her future daughter to skip acting, her secret wedding dress, and meeting Karl Lagerfeld.
I didn’t know I was meeting him, and I was so jet-lagged I didn’t know what was going on. I was in jeans and had acne – you know the kind where nothing is going to cover it – so I put a hat on. I remember somebody making a [negative] comment about it and I just thought [whispers] ‘I’m wearing a hat because I’ve got acne.’
Knightley is featured in The Edit magazine. She talks about gender equality, sex in films, and having kids.
I’ve got friends in their thirties and they’re like, ‘I should have met the person and I should be married because I’m this age, and I should be thinking about kids.’ And you can’t say, ‘It’s OK,’ because there’s a clock with kids and that’s hard.
Knightley appears on the cover of the November issue of Glamour UK, and discusses her looks and turning 30.
I’m not actually worried about turning 30. Because, honestly, my early twenties were not much fun. Then after 25, things just got better and better. Maybe you stop caring as much about where you should be going and what other people think – which is all the shit that makes you very unhappy early on.
Knightley is featured in Interview magazine. She talks about why she decided to pose topless for the magazine.
I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters. That [shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.
Knightley says she has no problem posing topless as long as the pictures are not photoshopped in an interview with The Times of London. Knightley discusses a set of Patrick Demarchelier photos that she did for Interview magazine:
I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters. That (shoot) was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.
Knightly talks about meeting Google founder Sergey Brin during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Knightley and Brin meet during a special screening of Knightley’s new movie The Imitation Game.
Sergey, who I assume is a very rich man, was wearing — was definitely wearing — Crocs.
Knightley appears on the cover of a December 2014 issue of Vanidades Ecuador magazine.
Knightley is more than three months pregnant with her first child with husband James Righton.
Knightley and Cumberbatch appears on one of seven covers of the February 2015 issue of W magazine.