The suburb of Richmond witnessed the birth of a tremendous actress on 26 March 1985. Named Keira C Knightley, both her parents’ mother Sharman Macdonald and dad Will, were actors. Her mother dabbled in playwright and acting. This allowed her to be exposed to both sides of the profession. In fact, the little girl was signed on by an agency from three years of age. When she turned seven, she was seen on television. The name of the show was Screen One- A Royal celebration.
Most do not realize that she had to overcome significant hurdles. Until she reached her teen years, she suffered from symptoms similar to dyslexia. However, she was never certified as one. Her family helped her cope. She put in extra hours to deal with this hurdle. She took part in a number of different roles from 1995 to 1999. She gained some sort of recognition for her role as a decoy for Natalie Portman in the Phantom Menace.
Keira makes her presence felt in the world of Hollywood.
She has acted in a number of different movies. The best part was that she did not allow herself to be stereotyped. A prime example is acting in the movie Bend it Like Beckham. Along with Parminder Nagra, she essays the role of girls breaking down barriers on the path to football glory. In sharp contrast was her role in the Duchess. Here she plays the wife of a duke to perfection. She manages to convey her emotions when she knows about the various affairs by the Duke.
Let us look at the top five movies in the box office starring Keira Knightley
1. Love Actually- This movie comes in at number five. Made in the year 2003, the plot revolves around eight different couples in London. Set during the Christmas season, Keira essays the character of a newlywed. However, there are simmering tensions between her and her husband’s best friend played by Andrew Lincoln. The ease with which she handles the complex relationships as well as this situation earned her rave reviews.
2. Curse of the Black Pearl- The first in the popular Pirates of Caribbean Trio logy proved an ideal springboard for her. She plays the role of the feisty Elizabeth Swann with aplomb. Given that the movie was set in colonial England, the way she defies social restrictions is breathtaking to watch. She captures the screen, even with experienced actors like Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush.
3. The Phantom Menace- In a movie filled with stellar actors, she once again came to the fore. She played the role of the queen’s double. In this role, she took an active part in affairs when required. She also was part of the action portions of the movie. Her portrayal of a handmaiden essaying the role of a queen was so accomplished that moviegoers did not know about it until the plot revealed the switch.
4. At World’s End- The final part of this series continues to establish Elizabeth Swann as an ideal pirate. She stands toe to toe with the other characters. The well-written character was inspired by her amazing portrayal in the first and second part. No matter if, it is charging into the enemy or getting her hands dirty, she does not shy away from any activity.
5. Dead Man’s Chest- The second part of the trio logy elevated her into super stardom. Fans fell in love with her and her character. She showed the world that as an actress, she was the best when it came to getting into the skin of a character. In doing this, she cemented her name among the top actors of her generation.
List of top 20 films of Keira Knightley
1. Innocent Lies
2. Coming Home
3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
5. The Hole
8. Bend It Like Beckham
9. Doctor Zhivago
10. New Year’s Eve
11. The Seasons Alter
12. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
13. Love Actually
14. King Arthur
16. The Jacket
18. Pride & Prejudice
19. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
20. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Upcoming movies in 2015-2016 of Keira Knightley
Keira has clearly come of age as an actress. Her multiple portrayals have proved that she can match the best when it comes to acting. Today, audiences and production houses look on her as a bankable star. List of Upcoming movies of Keira Knightley:
• Everest- In Post production stage- 2015
In coming time it is expected that she will sign many more projects for 2016 and we will share the information with you here in this space.