Since making her first appearance on the big screen back in , Keira Knightley has shown off her prowess in the film industry time and time again. Over the past few decades, the actress has tackled roles in thrillers, dramas, franchises, and, of course, historical period pieces — and her numerous nominations for Academy Awards, British Academy Awards, and Golden Globes speak for themselves. Her latest project, " Official Secrets ," is set to make its official debut in August. It's worth noting that the critic scores were up to date as of publication but are subject to change. Also keep in mind that this list only includes films that have been scored by critics on Rotten Tomatoes and it does not include certain TV movies, documentaries, or films in which she had uncredited roles.
"Silk" (2007) follows the story of a man who takes on a lover while smuggling silkworms from Japan.
Keira Knightley, who turns 34 today, started acting young. By 11, she told The Guardian , she was "obsessed by The Godfather. I wanted to be Al Pacino. She didn't have to wait long for her breakout role—'s Bend It Like Beckham , about a Punjabi-British girl's love of soccer, was a surprise hit and grossed over ten times its tiny budget. Knightley was just 16 years old during filming. But Knightley struggled with her sudden success, as she revealed on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast in The latter proved that she had the acting chops to match her celebrity, and made her the third-youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history at just
There are no prizes for guessing who takes the lead in the forthcoming film Colette, which tells the story of the groundbreaking early 20th-century French novelist who carved a world of opportunities wide open for other women. Keira Knightley, 33, pictured has been cast as the lead in a new film about French novelist Colette who opened doors of opportunity for other women. Colette was born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in the French provinces in to a mother, Eugenie, of Caribbean heritage who grew up in an anarchist colony in Belgium where they believed in gender equality. The series was a huge hit with both French housewives and intellectuals, so much so that it spawned Claudine-branded soaps, perfumes and cigars. One story was turned into a play, starring French actress Polaire. But when she asked to have her name on her own works as they grew more lucrative, Willy resisted and locked her in her room until she wrote more pages. It went on to win nine Oscars, a record at the time. Colette lived an independent life when most women could not dream of doing so. The parallels between Colette and Keira, raised in Richmond in London, are significant, beginning with the deep bonds with their mothers.
Knightley began acting as a child on television and made her feature film debut in , before making her breakthrough with the film Bend It Like Beckham. She then starred in the fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean , playing Elizabeth Swann , a role that she would reprise in the subsequent films of the franchise. She became known for starring in several other period dramas, including Atonement , The Duchess , A Dangerous Method , Anna Karenina , and Colette