Keira Knightley is an American actress and model who has known success from an early age. She was noticed in 2002, after co-starring in the movie “Bend It Like Beckham”. In 2003 her career took off after her appearance in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.
The first part of the series, called “The Curse of the Black Pearl”, was an unexpected success, with over 650 million dollars worldwide in box office. The plot follows the blacksmith Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and the eccentric pirate Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as they team up to rescue Will’s love, Elizabeth Swaan (Keira Knightley), from the hands of Jack’s former allies, the undead pirates. The film’s director, Gore Verbinski, said that Keira’s talent came as a pleasant surprise for him, because he did not see her performance in “Bend It Like Beckham”.
Keira’s character, Elizabeth Swann, is the daughter of Weatherby Swann, the governor. She is in love with Will Turner, but since she has always been fascinated by pirates, she gives her name as Turner during the Black Pearl’s attack on Port Royal, but she is mistaken for “Bootstrap” Bill’s child and kidnapped. Until Jack and Will come to her rescue, the defenseless young lady turns herself into a noble pirate.
The sequel, “Dead Man’s Chest”, followed in 2006. The day she was supposed to marry Will, Elizabeth Swan is arrested for helping Jack Sparrow escape. She herself escapes then from jail and meets up with Jack to search for Will and the chest.
In 2007 the third part of the series was released, “At World’s End”. Elizabeth Swann goes to Jack’s rescue after tricking him into being swallowed by the Kraken, in order to save herself and the Black Pearl crew.
Although Keira’s character no longer appears in the following movies, the first 3 films of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series were enough for Keira Knightely to gain a reputation of one of the most talented actresses in the world. With important prizes like Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, Keira became in 2008 the second highest paid actress in Hollywood.