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Keira Knightley is a British actress who had her first major role in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace and became well-known for her role in Bend It Like Beckham.
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In 2012, Knightley starred opposite Steve Carell in the apocalyptic tale Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
Knightley continues to tackle a variety of roles. In 2012, she returned to period grab to star in Anna Karenina. Jude Law plays Anna's husband in the film, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-stars as Anna's lover. The actress went on to work on Jack Ryan (2013),
a spy thriller following the life of the popular CIA analyst character of the same name. Chris Pine was cast as Jack Ryan in the film; Knightley was cast as Cathy Ryan.
In May 2012, Knightley announced her engagement to British musician James Righton of the Klaxons. She and Righton wed in early May 2013.
In addition to acting, Knightley has worked as a model, appearing in ads for companies like Chanel. Unlike other actresses of her generation, Knightley doesn't crave the nightlife. She prefers to cook for friends when she has free time.
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