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Keira Knightley recalls sweet but creepy encounter with a fan


Keira Knightley attends a screening for ‘The Aftermath’ in New York City at the Whitby Hotel on March 13, 2019, in New York City. File/AFP

The actor starred in the hugely popular 2003 romantic comedy alongside Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment to promote her newly released film “Silent Night,” Knightley recalled an occasion during which she was stuck in traffic and a “Love Actually” fan in the car next to hers enacted a scene from the film.

“You know, I did actually get stuck in traffic once (in London) and someone in the car next to me did the whole sign thing,” she said. “It was quite creepy, but it was also quite… It was a bit awkward being stuck in traffic next to it but it was also quite sweet. There was nothing (scary).” The 36-year-old admitted that it would’ve been “much better if I could have just driven straight off, but I couldn’t”.

The scene from the film that the fan referenced involves Knightley’s character Juliet, who marries Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) while his best friend Mark (Andrew Lincoln) is secretly in love with her. In a scene towards the end of the film, Mark confesses his love to Juliet standing outside her door with a stack of cue cards. Knightley’s newly released Christmas film “Silent Night” is a drama horror set in the English countryside. “Silent Night” also stars Lucy Punch and Matthew Goode. Keira is an English actress.

She has starred in both independent films and big-budget blockbusters, and is particularly noted for her roles in period dramas. Her accolades include two Empire Awards and nominations for two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award and one Laurence Olivier Award. Knightley was appointed an OBE in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama and charity. Born in London to actors Will Knightley and Sharman Macdonald, Knightley obtained an agent at age six, and initially worked commercials and television films.

She appeared as Sabé, Padmé Amidala’s handmaiden, in science fiction blockbuster “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999). Knightley had a break-through role portraying a tomboy footballer in the sports film “Bend It Like Beckham” (2001). She achieved global stardom with her portrayal of Elizabeth Swann in fantasy swashbuckler series “Pirates of the Caribbean.” In the same year, she appeared in the Christmas romantic comedy “Love Actually” (2003) and was labelled a promising teen star.

For her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the period romance Pride & Prejudice (2005), Knightley was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. At age 20, she became the third-youngest Best Actress nominee at the time. Knightley starred in a series of further period pieces, portraying a complex love interest in Atonement (2007), tastemaker Georgiana Cavendish in The Duchess (2008), and the titular socialite in “Anna Karenina” (2012). She then forayed into contemporary dramas, appearing as an aspiring musician in “Begin Again” (2013) and a medical student in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (2014).



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