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Keira Knightley previously starred for Atonement director Joe Wright in Pride & Prejudice, also for Focus Features and Working Title Films. Ms Knightley's portrayal of Jane Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet earned her Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Critics' Choice Award, and London Film Critics Circle award nominations, among others; and the Best Actress citation from New York Film Critics Online.
She is also known to audiences worldwide for her portrayal of another heroine, Elizabeth Swann, in Gore Verbinski's blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean trio (respectively, The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End), all of which starred her opposite Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Ms. Knightley had earlier starred in Gurinder Chadha's sleeper hit Bend It Like Beckham, for which she was honored with the London Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year. Her other films include Richard Curtis' Love Actually, also for Working Title; Tony Scott's Domino, as the late bounty hunter Domino Harvey; John Maybury's The Jacket; Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur, again for producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as Guinevere; Gillies Mackinnon's Pure; and George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menace, in which she had her first big-screen role.
The U.K. native acquired an agent at an early age, and appeared in her first television drama, Ferdinand Fairfax' Royal Celebration, at the age of 6. Her subsequent television credits included playing Lara in Giacomo Campiotti's miniseries remake of Doctor Zhivago .
Ms. Knightley's most recent films are François Girard's Silk, opposite Michael Pitt; and the just-wrapped The Edge of Love. The latter project reunites her with director John Maybury and also stars Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, and Matthew Rhys.