Before ”Atonement,” Keira Knightley was Merlin’s daughter, Elizabeth Bennet from ”Pride & Prejudice,” and a bounty hunter. Lets look back at her diverse roles….
Kiera Knightley plays Cecilia Tallis, the eldest daughter in a well-to-do British household, who falls for the Tallis housekeeper’s son with disastrous consequences (thanks to a fib told by her younger sister, Briony).
Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace (1999)
At age 14, Knightley played Sabé, a look-alike handmaiden of Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) who poses as a decoy for her endangered mistress. Though the role was hardly strenuous — she barely spoke a word, just wore that mask-like face of makeup — she was in good company: Among the starlets who have also appeared as handmaidens are Sofia Coppola and Rose Byrne (in Episode II).
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Soccer-loving Jules, who befriends and recruits a promising new teammate (Parminder Nagra), then falls out with her over the affections of their coach (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers).
Love Actually (2003)
Newlywed Juliet, who finds herself on the receiving end of an awkward but charming declaration of love. (Inconveniently, it’s made by her husband’s best friend.)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Elizabeth Swann, who leaves her life of nobility to tag along with Will Turner, her pirate beloved (Orlando Bloom), and the loopy Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
King Arthur (2004)
Guinevere, Merlin’s daughter and King Arthur (Clive Owen)’s love interest, in this ancient fable retold as the ”true” story behind the legend of the Knights of the Round Table.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Elizabeth ”Lizzie” Bennet, the second-eldest of five daughters, finds herself falling for a man who she originally holds in contempt.