Whether she's battling zombie pirates or the British aristocracy, Keira Knightley has made a name for herself in Hollywood over the past decade. With everyone buzzing over her newest film, ‘The Imitation Game,’ we look back at some of the actress’ most memorable roles.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Knightley hid in plain sight in the first ‘Star Wars’ prequel, where she played Dorme, a handmaiden to Natalie Portman's Queen Amidala who disguised herself as the queen in several scenes.
The Hole (2001)
In her first significant Hollywood role, Knightley appeared in this psychological horror film as one of several boarding school students locked in a fallout shelter for days.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Knightley’s fan base grew considerably with her breakout role in this fan-favorite, alongside "ER's" Parminder Nagra, as a football-obsessed teen living in west London.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was front and center in Disney’s adaptation of the iconic theme-park attraction, but Knightley more than held her own as feisty damsel-in-distress, Elizabeth Swann.
Love Actually (2003)
Actually, who doesn't love this holiday-themed romantic comedy? In it, Knightley played a newlywed who discovers her husband's best man has feelings for her. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
Our girl further proved her action chops (not to mention her ability to rock a cool leather jacket) playing a fashion model-turned-bounty hunter in this film, inspired by the life of Domino Harvey.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Knightley is a master at period pieces, which certainly elevated this adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, in which she portrayed Elizabeth Bennett. The combination of its talented cast and a more youth-oriented approach helped make this adaptation a surprising hit.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
The actor reprised her role of Elizabeth Swann for more ‘Pirates’ fun in this sequel, which introduced the chilling villain Davy Jones to the franchise. She bid farewell to the Caribbean the following summer, in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.'
In this heartfelt adaptation of the Ian McEwan novel, Knightley stars as Cecilia Tallis, a young woman whose relationship with a servant's son profoundly affects both of their lives. It remains one of her most critically lauded roles.
The Duchess (2010)
The actress continued her trend of starring in period dramas when she popped up in this biopic about 18th Century aristocrat Georgina Cavendish, a woman known both for her stunning beauty and extravagant lifestyle.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
In this dystopian sci-fi drama, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Knightley appears alongside Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as three people caught in a love triangle. Can’t we just love all three of them?
Anna Karenina (2012)
Reuniting with her ‘Atonement’ director, Joe Wright, the duo tackled another period drama based on a popular novel. The film follows the life, love affairs, and tragic demise of Russian aristocrat Anna Karenina.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Knightley once again appears in a British period drama, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. The 'Sherlock' star plays real-life mathematician/codebreaker Alan Turing, while Knightley plays his undercover colleague and eventual fiancee, Joan Clarke.