"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 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.

In April 2006, Knightley officially became the new face of Chanel's perfume Coco Mademoiselle.[3]


YearTitleRoleOther notes
2017Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesElizabeth Swann
2015EverestJan Arnold
2014The Imitation GameJoan Clarke
2014Jack Ryan: Shadow RecruitCathy Muller
2013Begin AgainGreta
2012Anna KareninaAnna Karenina
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldPenelope Lockhart
2011NeverlandTinker BellTV miniseries (voice)
2011A Dangerous MethodSabina Spielrein
2010London BoulevardCharlotte
2010SteveWomanShort movie
2010Last NightJoanna Reed
2010Never Let Me GoRuth C.
2009The Continuing and Lamentable Saga of the Suicide BrothersThe FairyShort movie
2008The DuchessGeorgiana Cavendish
2008The Edge of LoveVera Phillips
2007Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd KindEmTV short (voice)
2007SilkHélène Joncour
2007AtonementCecilia Tallis
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndElizabeth Swann
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestElizabeth Swann
2005DominoDomino Harvey
2005Pride and PrejudiceElizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet
2005The JacketJackie Price
2005Stories of Lost SoulsLeahSegment of the film New Year's Eve (archive footage)
2004King ArthurGuinevere
2003Love ActuallyJuliet
2003Pirates of the CaribbeanNarratorVideo game (voice)
2003Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlElizabeth Swann
2002The Seasons AlterHelena
2002Doctor ZhivagoLara AntipovaTV miniseries
2002New Year's EveLeahShort movie
2002ThunderpantsMusic School StudentUncredited
2002Bend It Like BeckhamJuliette "Jules" Paxton
2001The HoleFrances "Frankie" Almond Smith
2001Princess of ThievesGwynTV movie
2001DeflationJoggerShort movie
1999Oliver TwistRose FlemingTV miniseries (as "Kiera Knightley")
1999Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceSabé/False Queen Amidala(as "Kiera Knightley")
1998Coming HomeYoung JudithTV movie
1996The Treasure SeekersThe PrincessTV movie
1995Innocent LiesYoung Celia
1995The BillSheena RoseTV series
1995A Village AffairNatasha JordanTV movie
1993Screen OneAngelaTV series


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