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    The other day, Keira Knightley was stopped at the airport by a fan. “How’s the baby?” asked the woman excitedly. When a baffled Keira explained that she didn’t have a baby, the woman insisted: “Yes you do!” “Eventually the penny dropped,” laughs the 29-year-old actress, curled up on the sofa in a North London photographic studio in an oatmeal American Apparel jumper, boyfriend jeans and gold Jimmy Choo sandals. “So I said, ‘Do you think I’m Natalie Portman?’ But the woman ignored me and went on, ‘How’s Daniel?’ So in quick succession I got mistaken for both Natalie and Rachel [Weisz].”

    Plenty of A-list stars would be affronted by the incident. Keira finds it amusing – just as she found being mistaken for Britney Spears as a teen, or being accidentally smeared with St Tropez fake tan by the make-up artist prior to our shoot, and asked by the GLAMOUR team in a game of Would You Rather? whether she would “rather smell fish 24/7 or smell of fish 24/7”. She’s un-precious, laid-back and slightly hungover from a long Bordeaux-drenched pub lunch the day before – all of which is a bit surprising. Because Keira is rarely portrayed in this light. Indeed, for a long time, and in her own words, she was effectively told by the press: “Well, you’re a shit actress and you’re anorexic and people hate you.” ‘Hate’ may be a strong word, but a distinct whiff of antagonism can often surround any mention of Keira (particularly where women are involved) and now that I’m face to face with her, I can’t understand why. I mean, sure, there’s that annoyingly beautiful face, with its improbable cheekbones, famously pouty lips and sensual, hooded eyes. Then there’s the long, languorous, slim – but far from anorexic – physique and clipped vowels. But set aside the jealousy inspired by posh, pretty girls for a moment and you’ll find Keira is a bloody good laugh.

    “I don’t think you can say that they’re — a curse,” she frowns, when I ask whether the looks that have graced a thousand billboards and sold far more bottles of Coco Mademoiselle have been a blessing or a curse – and I’m relieved that she has the good grace not to dispute her own beauty. “Have I lost parts because of the way that I look? Yes.” Could she not just make herself really ugly, I suggest? To garner a little female kinship and probably win herself an Oscar at the same time? “0K – I’ll give it a go,” she chuckles. She could shave her head, I push on. “Are you trying to say that I wouldn’t look good with a shaved head?” she flings back in mock offence. “Actually, I do have a large mole on my scalp, so it might be o of those tricky situations where people are like: ‘Whoa! BIG mole!’ But seriously, it would be stupid of me to say that my looks haven’t played a part in my career, because obviously they have. And obviously they have got me contracts with Chanel, but there have been as many, if not more, parts that I haven’t got because of the way that I look. So I suppose it balances out. And I do think that in every profession, regardless of what they look like, people have to prove themselves again and again.”

    Keira knows a thing or two about that. She proved herself at 15 in the 2002 zeitgeist-harnssing Brit flick Bend It Like Beckham, and at 17 in Pirates Of The Caribbean. She proved herself in Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess and the challenging 2011 film A Dangerous Method. This past summer she surprised everyone by singing – very well at that – in Begin Again. and now she’s proving herself in two very different roles: as the quarter-life-crisis- afflicted Megan in American indie flick Say when (also known as Laggies in the States) and code-cracker Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game, opposite her old friend Benedict Cumberbatch. “I had no idea people were that obsessed with Benedict.” she exclaims. “I’ve known him for a very long time – it’s quite a shock when people start screaming about your mate.’ So good a mate is Cumberbatch that he once punched a film critic who was less than complimentary about her. But with her twenties now coming to an end, one gets the feeling that Keira will be able to defend herself from now on. “I’m not actually worried about turning 30,” she shrugs. ‘Because. honestly, my early twenties were not much fun. Then after 25, things just got better and better. Maybe you stop caring as much about where you should be going and what other people think – which is all the shit that makes you very unhappy early on.“

    Marriage to Klaxons star James Righton last year certainly seems to have helped bolster a confidence that had been chipped away at during those very public early years. “It was a bloody good day and a lot of fun. And yes, being married feels pretty good,” she smiles a little tightly, clearly anxious not to discuss her private life in too much detail. “You only get to choose one member of your family and I made a good choice. So well done. me!” Not that she feels any more grown-up for having tied the knot. “Actually, I feel less grown-up as I go along.” she “I reached my peak of grown-up behaviour at 20 and 21. and it’s downhill since then. I was terribly sensible as a teenager but I’ve got far less so as I’ve grown up, which has been a huge relief for everyone – including my parents.” She still cooks like a student rather than a wife. she tells me. “Because basically I fuck everything up. Right at the end, just as it’s all coming together, I lose interest and either burn the dish or add too much chilli. Too much chilli is a big problem for me. One of my best friends actually phoned me before he came over recently to warn me not to add too much chilli. Needless to say, I did and it was inedible.”

    There’s a palpable defiance about Keira these days; a refusal to conform in the way that perhaps she once felt obliged to do. She swears more heartily than any of her Hollywood counterparts, still enjoys the odd cigarette (“Because I’m a very occasional smoker, in my head I’ll say, ‘Well then, it’s fine’ when, of course, it’s not fine at all”) and, now that she’s managed to get the red wine stain out of her (recycled) Chanel wedding dress, she’s adamant that it will be worn again and again. “The truth is that I’ve never liked shopping that much,” she grimaces. “I’ll do a bit of online shopping at Matches and Net-A-Porter, which is like crack. But I’ve never bought anything on eBay because I feel like that could just start eating into everything.” And, of course, why spend hours scouring eBay for a bargain when Chanel are sending you swag bags on a weekly basis? “I do get some very good Chanel freebies,” she admits, a touch shame-faced. “This is my particular favourite right now,” she says, showing me a tiny quilted shoulder bag. “It’s perfect. Actually, it’s not perfect because it’s just too small to fit a passport in.” It is? Can someone get Karl on the phone asap? “I will call Karl,” she grins, “and say, ‘a centimetre bigger, please!”’ Does she have Lagerfeld on speed dial? “I don’t!” she says, regretfully – which is a shame, we both agree, because one feels like he would have the answer to most of life’s dilemmas. “There should be a phoneline, ‘Call Karl’,” she maintains, “or, at the very least, an app.”

    Off-duty, Keira describes her style as “tomboyish” – today’s outfit was “picked up off the floor because it’s what I wore yesterday” – but she’s keen to take more risks when it comes to red-carpet looks. “I love what Helena Bonham Carter wears, because it’s so completely mad. If you’re having fun, then who gives a fuck if you’re trendy? Also Bjork.” Really? “Oh my God: that swan dress was my all-time favourite. And the fact that she was walking down the red carpet laying eggs,” she bursts out laughing. “That just makes me so happy. I always think that all the people on those ‘red cross’ lists are the best dressed.” So Keira’s a frustrated wacky red-carpet dresser? “I tell you, I’m headed in that direction. I’m always telling my stylist: ‘Don’t make me too proper!’ If it’s perfect, I’m not interested,” she shrugs. “Because, basically, I just want to wear a mad dress and lay eggs everywhere.”

    Keira being girlie is hard to imagine. She has “ugly days”, just like every woman, she says (“Then I’ll feel really sorry for myself. If I have a zit in the middle of my forehead, I have also stupidly been known to cut my own fringe, which, by the way, never works, because it only leaves you with a bad haircut – and a zit”) and admits to having one friend who makes her “do face masks occasionally, but I’m not really able to do that kind of thing on a regular basis”. In her younger years, she would find being whistled or heckled at in the street “very uncomfortable”, and today she still finds certain terms sexist. “’Babe’ I mind for some reason. I don’t really notice ‘love’ or ‘darling’ – but ‘babe’ I really do find tricky.” Does she ever wish she were a man? “When I was a child, I used to think that I would grow up to be a man,” she smiles. “But no – not really.” If she woke up as a man tomorrow morning, what’s the first thing she would do? “I’d really enjoy taking a piss standing up,” she flings back immediately. “It must be so empowering, right? Oh, and I’d really like to sit at a bar and be left alone. That would be really, really great.”

    Those two blights notwithstanding, Keira seems to enjoy being a woman a lot more than she enjoys being a famous woman. Which might explain recent remarks that she would “totally discourage” any daughter of hers from becoming an actress. “I should imagine that if she wanted to act, I wouldn’t have a choice,” she says now, “but, no, I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. It can be completely heartbreaking for most people who do it, because the amount of rejection is enormous. And it doesn’t matter what kind of person you are: it’s impossible for that not to take a toll. Even if you’re successful, you still have to go through a shitload of rejection. So I would say to my daughter: “Be a doctor or a lawyer – something stable and useful.”