Name: Keira Christina Knightley
Born: March 26, 1985
Occupation: Actress and model
Keira Knightley is an English actress and model. While most people didn’t know who she was until Pirates of the Caribbean co-starred with Johnny Depp, she has been involved acting since she was a child. Another significant role for her was Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace. Since the mid 2000s, she has been taking many roles that involve period work including Pride and Prejudice co-starred with Rosamund Pike. Some of her major film roles are Love Actually (with Hugh Grant), Atonement, The Duchess, A Dangerous Method and Anna Karenina (with Jude Law).
She was born in Teddington, London England. Her mother was playwright and her father an actor in the theatre. She has one sibling, an older brother. She not only grew up loving acting and the theatre, but she was exposed to all elements of it from the time she was a small child. She turned down her acceptance to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Being able to overcome dyslexia at the age of 6 was a challenge, but only made Keira Knightley more determined to become an actress. She tends to remain very quiet about her early life, her love life, and other personal elements when it comes to the media. She has been the target of reports of an eating disorder due to her low weight among various tabloids over the years. In 2007, she was selected as the celebrity to endorse the famous perfume, Chanel.
Charity work is a big part of how she gives back to society. Keira Knightley is the face of Amnesty International. This is an organization that promotes human rights. She has also been involved with WaterAid since 2005. She is also part of promoting literacy programs including the American Library Association.
In 2008, Keira Knightley was listed as the 2nd highest paid actress in Hollywood with a worth of $32 million. She is the only non-American female to be listed on the Forbes list of highest paid celebrities. As of 2012, she is estimated to be worth $50 million.
How much is $50 million really?
With this amount of money, Keira Knightly is able to spend it anyway that she would like to! However, many reports indicate that she is a workaholic so she doesn’t spend much of it for fun and for vacations. With this amount of money, she could buy several mansions around Hollywood, and even a small island somewhere to call her own. Such an island would be perfect for getting away without being interrupted and we can personally suggest Sandy Cay Island in the Bahamas, currently for sale at a mere $15 million. She could buy three of them!
If a personal island seems a little too extravagant for a sensible English girl like Keira, she could always opt for an inflatable dingy. The New Aqua Marina Inflatable Boat Dingy 10′ Raft River may not offer the safest seafaring money can buy, but currently on sale on Amazon at only $59, she could buy 850 000 of them!