- "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
Keira Knightley (born March 26, 1985) played Queen Amidala's handmaiden Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace at the age of twelve during August 1997 at Leavesden Film Studios, England. The completed film was released two years later in the Summer of 1999, when Knightley was fourteen years old.
Keira Knightley 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.
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. Her voice was dubbed over with Natalie Portman's voice after filming; Natalie recorded both the Amidala and Sabé voices in post-production.
Knightley also played alongside several Star Wars co-stars, such as Adrian Dunbar (Bail Antilles) in the 1995 thriller film Innocent Lies and Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn) in the 2003 film Love Actually. In 2004, she shared screen with Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars in Episode II and Episode III), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Walton Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Ray Stevenson (Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels) in the film King Arthur.
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.
|2017||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales||Elizabeth Swann|
|2014||The Imitation Game||Joan Clarke|
|2014||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||Cathy Muller|
|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||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||Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End||Elizabeth Swann|
|2006||Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest||Elizabeth Swann|
|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)|
|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||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|
|1999||Oliver Twist||Rose Fleming||TV miniseries (as "Kiera Knightley")|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace||Sabé||(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|
- "Star Sightings"—Star Wars Insider 60
- "Appearing Knightley (and the Women of Star Wars)"—Star Wars Insider 75
Notes and referencesEdit
- Keira Knightley on Wikipedia