About Keira Knightley:
Keira Knightley was born March 26, 1985, is an Academy Award-nominated English film actress. Knightley is best known for her roles in films such as "Bend It Like Beckham," and the "Pirates of the
When she was just three, Knightley famously asked her parents -- Sharman Macdonald, an award-winning playwright, and Will Knightley, a theater and television actor -- for an agent. After striving at school despite her dyslexia, Knightley's parents awarded their daughter an agent when she was seven. Knightley's otherworldly beauty was no doubt a factor when she began landing roles in amateur stage productions around
, but she would soon prove to the world that she was not just another pretty face. London
Many would agree that a movie about pirates starring Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom would be a hit no matter what actress joined them on their swashbuckling adventure. But who could argue that Keira Knightley's presence as the tough-as-nails Elizabeth Swann had nothing to do with Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl's worldwide gross of over $650,000,000. Knightley did more than hold her own opposite cinematic titan Depp and fellow rising star Bloom on her way to becoming a bona fied action star. She went on to appear in the uber-lucrative sequels Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End before announcing that she would not return for the planned fourth installment. We guess that after helping the franchise gross $2.79 billion worldwide, Knightley felt it was time to move on.