"One of the hardest roles to cast was that of Sabé, the handmaiden that fills in for the Queen when she is in hiding. Originally we were going to use a stand-in, but that was before we found a girl by the name of Keira Knightley."
Robin Gurland, Episode I Casting Director[src]

Keira Knightley (born March 26, 1985) played Queen Amidala's handmaiden Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.

Knightley was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 2005 for her role in Pride and Prejudice. In 2007, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award and another Golden Globe Award for her role in Atonement. She is well-known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.


Knightley was twelve years old when she was cast and during Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace filming in August 1997 at Leavesden Film Studios, England. The completed film was released two years later in the Summer of 1999, when she was fourteen years old. The actress is credited in the film's end credits as "Kiera Knightley," which is the standard spelling of the name. However, the actress's mother, Sharman McDonald, unintentionally misspelled her daughter's name with the "e" before the "i" during her birth registration in 1985.[source?]

Knightley was chosen to play Queen Amidala's decoy in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace because of her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played the Queen. Many people (including their mothers) had trouble telling them apart during the filming of The Phantom Menace.[3] Her voice was dubbed over with Natalie Portman's voice after filming; Natalie recorded both the Amidala and Sabé voices in post-production.


Year Title Role Other notes
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Elizabeth Swann
2015 Everest Jan Arnold
2014 The Imitation Game Joan Clarke
2014 Laggies Megan
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Cathy Muller
2013 Begin Again Greta
2012 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina
2012 Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Penelope Lockhart
2011 Neverland Tinker Bell TV miniseries (voice)
2011 A Dangerous Method Sabina Spielrein
2010 London Boulevard Charlotte
2010 Steve Woman Short movie
2010 Last Night Joanna Reed
2010 Never Let Me Go Ruth C.
2009 The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide Brothers The Fairy Short movie
2008 The Duchess Georgiana Cavendish
2008 The Edge of Love Vera Phillips
2007 Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind Em TV short (voice)
2007 Silk Hélène Joncour
2007 Atonement Cecilia Tallis
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Elizabeth Swann
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Elizabeth Swann
2005 Domino Domino Harvey
2005 Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet
2005 The Jacket Jackie Price
2005 Stories of Lost Souls Leah Segment of the film New Year's Eve (archive footage)
2004 King Arthur Guinevere With Joel Edgerton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Ray Stevenson.
2003 Love Actually Juliet
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean Narrator Video game (voice)
2003 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Elizabeth Swann
2002 The Seasons Alter Helena
2002 Doctor Zhivago Lara Antipova TV miniseries
2002 New Year's Eve Leah Short movie
2002 Pure Louise
2002 Thunderpants Music School Student Uncredited
2002 Bend It Like Beckham Juliette "Jules" Paxton
2001 The Hole Frances "Frankie" Almond Smith
2001 Princess of Thieves Gwyn TV movie
2001 Deflation Jogger Short movie
1999 Oliver Twist Rose Fleming TV miniseries (as "Kiera Knightley")
1999 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Sabé/Decoy Queen Amidala (as "Kiera Knightley")
1998 Coming Home Young Judith TV movie
1996 The Treasure Seekers The Princess TV movie
1995 Innocent Lies Young Celia
1995 The Bill Sheena Rose TV series
1995 A Village Affair Natasha Jordan TV movie
1993 Screen One Angela TV series


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