- Keira Knightley has been acting since she was a child.
- She overcame dyslexia as a kid.
- The actress rose to fame in her teens because of her roles in “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
- She has since gone on to receive two nominations for the Academy Awards.
Keira Knightley broke out as a teen actress, but her journey hasn’t been easy.
The 33-year-old started acting when she was a child, around the same time she was diagnosed with dyslexia. After a few years of hard work, she rose to fame when she was a teenager thanks to “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
The actress earned her first Oscar nomination for “Pride and Prejudice” and is well-known for starring in period movies. In 2018, Knightley also revealed that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder following her abrupt rise to fame.
Here’s how the actress went from a young child in London to a two-time Oscar nominee.
Keira Knightley was born in London, England, on March 26, 1985. Both her parents were actors, and she fell in love with the craft at a young age but struggled to read.
Knightley was born in an area of South West London called Teddington to parents Sharman Macdonald, a Scottish actress and playwright, and Will Knightley, an English actor. She also has an older brother named Caleb.
Knightley said she wanted to be an actress when she was a child and requested an agent when she was only 3. Her parents waited until she was 7. She was also diagnosed with dyslexia when she was 6.
“I am a slow reader,” she told The Independent. “I always loved words, which is a strange thing given that I couldn’t actually read them. By the time I was 11, they deemed me to have got over it sufficiently.”
She started acting in a number of small roles as a child. After six years, she was cast as Sabé in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace”
She was cast because she resembled Natalie Portman, who played Padmé in the prequel movies. Sabé served as Padmé’s handmaiden and decoy.
Knightley was only 14 years old when the movie was released in 1999.
Knightley finally had her breakout role in the 2002 romantic comedy “Bend It Like Beckham.”
Knightley trained for three months to prepare for her role as a soccer player.
The movie went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination.
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