Keira Knightley was born in a London suburb and both of her parents are theater actors. She always wanted to be an actor and her parents got her an agent when she was just 6 years old. Knightley landed small parts in tv dramas, and performed in local amateur plays. She attended college for 1 year but left to pursue acting. Knightley appeared in tv movies throughout the 90s. She landed a small part in Star Wars: Phantom Menace in 1999, but her first major role came in 2001 with Princess of Thieves, followed in 2002 with the blockbusters Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean. She was nominated for an Oscar for Pride & Prejudice. Knightley has also appeared on stage, and starred in the play The Misanthrope. She received several awards for her acting, including 2 BAFTAs, 3 Golden Globes a SAG, along with 2 Oscar nominations. She is a brand ambassador for Chanel. Knightley is active with various charities and has worked with Oxfam and Amnesty International. A passionate feminist, she played a domestic violence victim in Cut. In 2013, she married musician James Righton and they have 2 children together. Knightley has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. She is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 110 lbs.
Keira Knightley’s Diet
Allegations of anorexia abound, but Knightley and her family insist she’s just one of those people who is naturally slim. Perhaps her secret is that she eats only when she feels hungry, and she keeps her portions small. She tends to gravitate toward healthy foods, like veggies and lean animal protein, but other than that, she doesn’t follow any particular diet, and if she wants a treat, she lets herself have it. Knightley is even luckier in having a good cook for a husband.
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium Carb 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
Knightley is one of the lucky ones who can eat without gaining weight. That said, she generally makes healthy choices.
Graze Your Way Through the Day
Knightley usually eats about 6 times a day. They’re small meals, and she only eats when she’s truly hungry.
Knightley actually struggled to gain weight to look ‘sexier’ for Pirates of the Caribbean.
Because Knightley keeps her portion size small, she allows herself to indulge in ‘cheat’ foods if that’s what she wants.
What to Eat
Everything in moderation
What to Avoid
Eating when you're not hungry
Knightley on Her Body Type
‘I am thin because that’s what I am, and I was thinner…because of the work I do. Nothing else.’
Knightley on Her Food Preferences
‘I’m not a big root-veg fan.’
Knightley on Her Least-Favorite Veg
‘I hate celeriac! I didn’t realize I could feel so strongly about a vegetable.’
Knightley’s Mom on Her Daughter’s Eating Habits
She eats like a horse.’
Knightley’s Mom on Her Daughter’s Diet
‘I always want to apologize because she can eat anything that she wants and she does not put on weight.’
Knightley on Her Husband’s Kitchen Skills
‘[He’s] vaguely OCD. It’s what makes him a good cook.’
Keira Knightley’s Workout Routine
Not a Fan of Sweat
Knightley is not keen on formal exercise. She has joined and quit several gyms.
Pass on the Yoga
Knightley isn’t crazy about yoga either. She thinks it’s odd to hold uncomfortable positions for long periods of time.
When she can’t avoid it, Knightley works out with a personal trainer. She might do boxing, archery or anything else that might be required of her for a movie role.
Knightley works out 3 times a week for an hour and a half at a time.
Knightley focuses on her core and lifts weights to be strong and look toned.
Knightley also swims, which provides a full-body workout while being easy on your joints.
Knightley takes care to stretch regularly to stay flexible and prevent injury.
A Keira Knightley Routine
Work with personal trainer: 3x/week
Knightley on Playing a Football-Crazy Teen
‘I was very sporty as a kid.’
Knightley on Being a Woman
‘As a woman, you hate certain parts of your body.’
Knightley on her Post-Birth Body
Martial arts are a vehicle for developing your human potential.
Keira Knightley’s Supplements
Keira Knightley’s Lifestyle
Knightley’s father told her mother that they could only have a second child if she sold a script first.
Ain’t No Stopping Her
Knightley was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child. She is still a slow reader and cannot read out loud.
Knightley was chosen to play the role of Natalie Port-man’s decoy in Star Wars: Phantom Menace because they look so much alike. Portman’s voice was dubbed over Knightley’s in the film.
Knightley planned to go to drama school, but the cost and a sudden influx of job offers prevented her from attending.
Haters Gonna Hate
Being catapulted to fame was tough on a teenage Knightley. She had a mental breakdown at age 22 and sought therapy. Her attitude today is there’s no way to please everyone, and so she just does her own thing and doesn’t worry about what other people think.
Knightley uses plain soap and water to remove her makeup, when she wears it, which is only for work. She gets a facial about twice a year.
Knightley on Acting
‘I’ve never had an acting class…I knew that I didn’t know what I was doing.’
Knightley on The Trap of Celebrity
‘You can say nothing, you can be perfectly smiling, wearing a perfectly nice dress at the opening of a charity, and people can still despise you for it.’
Knightley on Being a Teen Star
‘It was certainly quite a harsh experience in every different which way.’
Knightley on Psychological Therapy
‘I highly recommend it.’
Knightley on Becoming a Mom
‘Parenthood is life-changing, full stop.’
Knightley on Wearing Makeup
‘Makeup is an armor, but my husband and elder kid don’t like it at all…They don’t see it as me — and I don’t either.’