born 26 March 1985) is an English actress and model. She began acting as a child and came to international notice in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham
. From 2003 her appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean
film series took her to much greater prominence.
Knightley has appeared in several Hollywood
films and earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress
and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet
in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation
of Jane Austen
's novel Pride and Prejudice
A lot of times in cinema today the women are overly sentimental, so I constantly try to do the opposite. I like strident women.
I went from everyone saying, "She-can't-act-she-can't-act-she-can't-act," to an Oscar nomination. So there was something quite sublime about that!
I haven't got a clue about how much I weigh. I do not own any scales. And I have noticed it creates an anger in people who are not skinny. People like to blame their insecurities on other people.
Jesus, if I know one thing about the industry, it's that it's a moment. A flash in the pan. That's what's lovely about it. But it's hard, because one moment you're the hot thing, and the next moment — you're not. And there's no rhyme or reason for it.