Keira Knightley

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When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.
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Keira Knightley (born 26 March 1985) British actress.


  • Well, I'm like...warrior smurf.
  • Acting requires me to be very observant, which means being able to sit in cafes for hours and watch people.
  • Apparently on the Internet I'm a sexy beanpole, "tomboy beanpole".... I'm a tomboy beanpole? I can't use a computer, so maybe I'm a bit out of the loop. I don't know whether to be flattered or not flattered. The beanpole bit, is that good? Can you be a sexy beanpole?
  • As a moviegoer and a woman, I want to see that, so it's great to get to play parts like that. But Guinevere is a terrifying creature. If I saw a battle, I'd run in the other direction. I'm not strong in that way at all. But I'm certainly someone who has always known what I wanted and tried to get it.
  • At the end of the two days it was time for me to jump off, and Gore said to me, 'you don't actually have to jump off, I can get a stunt girl to do that. But I told him: 'I've been standing up here terrified for two days, there is no way I'm not jumping off!' So I jumped off the plank, and I got a big pirate cheer at the end from all the guys, which was a very big compliment.
    • During shooting of Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Do you know that on all the sets I've been on, nobody has ever made a pass at me?
  • I did a film called The Hole when I was 16 and, when it came out, a couple of the popular girls at school said, quite loudly, 'She's in a crap movie, so it doesn't count.' It was rude and I was upset, but if you let that stuff bother you, you're going to be in for a tough time. I wasn't popular at school. I learned to let those comments wash over me. I toughened up quite quickly.
  • I don't have a problem with my body. I'm not just going to strip off all my clothing, but if the part calls for it and I don't think there's any way round, I'm absolutely fine.
  • I don't have tits. I have pecs.
  • I don't think about nutrition. The very thought of a diet makes me want chips and ice cream. And I just hate going to the gym. I cannot stand it.
  • I don't think I can call myself an actress yet. I just don't think my skill level is that high. I hope that with every job it gets better. But until I'm good, I can say I'm trying to be an actor, but I don't think I've completely made it.
  • I feel less blonde now and, er, smarter! I actually feel much stronger, too.
  • I finished filming Pirates a couple of days before my 18th birthday, and made sure I was in London to celebrate it. There's no point having an 18th birthday in America, it doesn't mean anything as you can't go out and drink!
  • I had a Scarlet O'Hara thing, she gets her waist down to 18 and a half inches— so I thought I would try that. For 5 minutes it's fantastic— you have this tiny waist and fantastic cleavage, but oxygen deprivation is a big problem!
    • On wearing a corset in Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • I know for a fact the work is going to dry up, and people will get bored of me. That's not bitterness, just the truth.
  • I met Barbara Walters backstage and didn't know who she was. She's an American phenomenon, I was told later. I'm just sooo English.
  • I see a pair of shoes I adore, and it doesn't matter if they have them in my size. I buy them anyway.
  • I take my hat off to actresses there, particularly the young ones, because the emphasis is on trying to find perfection. But I think it's the imperfections in people that make them perfect. I don't find perfect faces very interesting.
    • On actresses in Hollywood.
  • I thought there would be doubles— stunt doubles— and I would just run in for the close-ups, but unfortunately they didn't have the money for that.
    • On her performance in Bend It Like Beckham
  • I was a bet. My mum was desperate for another child, and my dad told her that the only way they could afford to have one was if she sold a play. So Mum wrote When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout.
  • I was told I didn't have to do it, but I said, 'No, it's a beautiful scene, we have to do it.' It's extraordinary that you can cause an uproar by getting your tits out.
  • I'd wanted to get stuck into the action on Pirates of the Caribbean and I asked Jerry if I could have a sword fight in that, and he more than made up for it in King Arthur by giving me axe fights, knife fights and all the rest of it. I absolutely loved it. It was like being 11 years old and in the playground again.
  • I'm a bit of a tomboy so the action stuff was fantastic.
  • I'm a hooker in these pictures, and I must be a high priced one because I'm staying at the Ritz, which is good.
    • On a photo shoot.
  • I've always been a snob about qualifications and it's the greatest irony that I left school before I could take my A-levels. I'll really feel bad when my friends get their results. And I'm going to regret not going to university. But acting has always been my dream and I have to pursue it while I can.
  • In this business, fame lasts for a second. You can be blown up and be blown down. People keep losing interest in faces because new ones come along every single second. I'm one at the moment. Tomorrow I won't be. That's cool. I'm not saying that when it does end, I'll be like, 'Yay! It's ending.' But I'll move on and do something else because that's what has to be done. It's about survival. If you're sad about it, then you're in the wrong job.
  • It was part of the job. There's no point in being embarrassed about it because that is the name of the game. It was just another day at the office. A very nice day at the office.
    • On her love scene with Clive Owen in King Arthur
  • It's also strange when people recognise you in the street and they know you but you don't know them. It's a little weird, but nothing to complain about.
  • It's scary because acting was always my salvation from school. So if anything had gone wrong at school, I could say, 'Oh, but I can do this.' But now it's the only thing. So you sort of think, 'Okay, but what happens if that goes wrong? What's the salvation?' That's a bit scary.
  • Katharine Hepburn and Vivien Leigh are my heroes. Not because of their ability, but because of their perseverance.
  • [My friends are] laughing at me after last night's premiere and taking the piss out of me mercilessly for pouting as much as I did in front of the cameras!
  • Somebody thought it would be a great idea if they brought their teenage daughters along to the set on the day that we did the kissing scene— I thought I was gonna die! I thought they'd stampede me with the evil eyes I was getting from all of them... There were these teenaged girls off-cam, and they were ready to kill me because I kissed Orlando Bloom!
    • On shooting a scene in Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • The fact that we haven't focused on the love triangle between Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere was actually one of the things that made me want to do the film. It's interesting to tell it in a completely new way.
  • The problem for me was that by being in the film the magic was broken. I loved the first Star Wars film and my mum was really into it too, that's why I took the part. But the Force wasn't there when we were filming it, and they didn't have real light sabres, which annoyed me.
    • On her role in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) as Sabé, the queen's decoy.
  • We had kind of done all our wedding and we felt like the stars of the show, then sudden you've got all these other people with storylines and you think: excuse me, I know you're Alan Rickman but get out of my film, please, thank you.
  • When in doubt, faint.
  • I can play Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head on my teeth.
    • On her appearance at The Ellen Degeneres Show.
  • The only thing I do wish is that I'd changed my name. As an actor, what I look like, my face, is used all the time for different characters, so I'm sort of used to that. [But what really disturbs me] is when I see my name in those stories, because I can't disassociate myself from that. It's like 'The Crucible,' when they're trying to get him to sign the confession and he won't. I used to think 'How stupid, just sign, what does it matter?' But your name should belong to you.

Quotes of others about Knightley

  • Obviously we were looking for a beautiful young woman, but beauty alone is not enough. Keira is truly gifted and it is wonderful to watch her work. It seems so effortless. She's going to be a big star.
    • Jerry Bruckheimer, producer The Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Keira just steps into the ring and attacks. She's just as sweet as she can be and has a great sense of humor.
    • Johnny Depp, co-star in The Pirates of the Caribbean.

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shes a great person. a pleasure to work with.