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Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Bennet

Keira Knightley is one of today's true rising stars in films.

She is known to audiences worldwide for her performances in Gore Verbinski's blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, starring opposite Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom for producer Jerry Bruckheimer; 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); and Richard Curtis' ultimate romantic comedy Love Actually, also for Working Title Films.

Ms. Knightley next stars in Tony Scott's action thriller Domino, as real-life bounty hunter Domino Harvey. She is currently at work filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (the first of two sequels to be filmed back-to-back), reunited with the original cast and filmmakers and joined by Pride & Prejudice costar Tom Hollander.

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 (opposite Hans Matheson).

Ms. Knightley's first big-screen role was as a handmaiden in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace. Among her subsequent films were Gillies Mackinnon's Pure; Antoine Fuqua's King Arthur (again for producer Jerry Bruckheimer), as Guinevere; and John Maybury's The Jacket.