Keira Knightley first gained wide-spread recognition in 2002 after co-starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham and achieved international fame in 2003 after appearing as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise.
Since then, Knightley has become known for starring in period drama films such as Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), Silk (2007), The Duchess (2008), A Dangerous Method (2011), and Anna Karenina (2012). She has also appeared in a variety of genres of films, including Love Actually (2003), King Arthur (2004), The Jacket (2005), Domino (2005), The Edge of Love (2008), London Boulevard (2010), Never Let Me Go (2010), Last Night (2010) and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).
Knightley earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Two years later, she was nominated again for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Wright's Atonement. Knightley also received a 2010 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance on stage as Jennifer in Thea Sharrock's production of Moliere's The Misanthrope.
Most recently, Knightley co-starred in the action film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and will next be seen in the romantic comedy Begin Again.
Knightley, a longtime supporter of Oxfam, traveled to South Sudan to raise awareness about the situation and to lead the call to action to help.