Birth Name: Keira Christina Knightley
Place of Birth: Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey, England, U.K.
Date of Birth: 26 March, 1985
Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Welsh
Keira Knightley is a British actress. She is famous for starring in the film Bend It Like Beckham, and the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, among many other roles. Keira is married to musician James Righton.
She is the daughter of playwright Sharman MacDonald and actor Will Knightley (Kevin William Knightley). Her father is English. Her mother, who was born in Scotland, is of Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Her brother, Caleb Knightley, has also worked in film.
She was meant to be named “Kiera”, after a Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova. Her mother misspelt the name when registering her birth.
Keira’s paternal grandparents were William Francis Knightley (the son of Frederick William Knightley and Caroline Margaret Pepper) and Violet Grace Jones. Frederick was the son of Charles Knightley and Sarah Ann Astle. Caroline was the daughter of John Pepper and Bridget.
Keira’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Henry Hosgood MacDonald (the son of William Hearson H. MacDonald and Mary McDonald) and Janet Rewat Williams. Joseph was born in England, and had Scottish ancestry. Janet had Welsh ancestry.
Article about Keira’s mother’s family – http://www.dailymail.co.uk
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