Keira Christina Knightley ( /?k??r. Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England, the daughter of Sharman MacDonald, an award-winning playwright, and Will Knightley, a theatre and television actor. Knightley has noted that she was “single-minded about acting” during her childhood. She was a princess in the 1996 movie The Treasure Seekers. During this time, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a direct-to-video release in the United States. After Bend It Like Beckham’s UK release raised her profile, she was cast in the big budget action film, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (along with Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp) which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and opened in July 2003 to positive reviews and high box office grosses, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2003 and cementing Knightley as the new “It” girl. Knightley’s critics often suggested she was nothing more than a pretty face, which led the young starlet to comment to Elle magazine, “I always feel like I’m the one with everything to prove.” Pride & Prejudice rounded out 2005.