Unfortunately, Macdonald misspelled the name when she went to register her daughter, incorrectly writing the "e" before the "i". She introduced her children to theatre and ballet at an early age. She is still a slow reader and cannot read out loud. Career beginnings and breakthrough[ edit ] After getting an agent at the age of six, Knightley began working in commercials and small television roles. Her first on-screen appearance was in the television film, Royal Celebration. She then played Natasha Jordan, a young girl whose mother is involved in an extramarital affair, in the romantic drama A Village Affair Episode I — The Phantom Menace.
Knightley was cast in the role because of her close resemblance to Portman; even the two actors' mothers had difficulty telling their daughters apart when they were in full makeup. To prepare for the film, she trained for several weeks in archery , fencing and horse riding.
The film's director Nick Hamm described her as "a young version of Julie Christie ". In an interview with Tracy Smith she said, "I remember telling friends I was doing this girls' soccer movie [ Pirates of the Caribbean and worldwide recognition[ edit ] Following the success of Bend It Like Beckham, Knightley landed the role of Elizabeth Swann , in the American fantasy swashbuckler film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
The film, which was based on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disney theme parks , saw Knightley, Orlando Bloom , and Johnny Depp play the roles of 18th century pirates. Is this any good? The film's release was delayed on multiple occasions, and upon its eventual release in November, it garnered negative reviews and performed poorly at the box-office. He regarded her "luminous strength" to be reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn. The two sequels were conceived in , with the writers Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio developing a story arc that would span both films.
Filming for the projects took place in ; the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest released in July At World's End , was released in May, the following year. In preparing for the film, where she was seen opposite James McAvoy , she studied the "naturalism" of the performance as seen in the films from s and s, such as In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter Sharman Macdonald , wrote the screenplay with Knightley her daughter as Macnamara in her mind.
Knightley initially felt embarrassed while singing live: Knightley decided to act in a theatre production as she felt that "if I don't do theatre right now, I think I'm going to start being too terrified to do it". While she described it as an "extraordinary and incredibly fulfilling" experience, she was sceptic of her performance.
Knightley described the script as unique, one that made the reader think. Knightley portrayed Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young psychoanalyst who comes between Jung and Freud.
The film, which was directed by John Carney , had its theatrical release in Carney later repeatedly criticised Knightley's performance in the film; stating that she was not convincing enough in portraying a singer-songwriter and continuously describing her as a "model" rather than an actor. Film resurgence and Broadway[ edit ] , for Knightley, began with the spy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit alongside Chris Pine.
It was based on novelist Tom Clancy 's fictional character Jack Ryan and was the fifth film in the Jack Ryan film series. Laggies opened to mostly positive reviews from critics, with Knightley's performance being chiefly praised by critics. The film was based on the Mount Everest disaster with Knightley portraying mountaineer Rob Hall 's wife.
Alexandra Villarreal of The Huffington Post wrote: Dead Men Tell No Tales. In an interview with Variety to promote the film, Knightley criticized the way female characters are portrayed in films set in the modern day stating: She said in an interview for the December issue of Harper's Bazaar that she had been "lucky to be able to afford really good childcare, because otherwise it would be at least four years out of my career".
The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education. She made her first appearance on the list in , and was named "the sexiest woman in the world" in Knightley explained that female artists face greater hurdles in the film industry compared to their male counterparts, and also revealed that she was perplexed by the use of "feminist" in a derogatory sense: I thought it was really weird for a long time, and I think it's great that we're coming out of that.