Actress, 'Atonement'

Knightley, who made her acting debut in the U.K. television movie “A Village Affair” at age 9, continues displaying her talent to adapt convincingly to each role, whether in a low-budget film as a soccer player or in larger action films alongside some noteworthy pirates. Knightley’s latest role, as Cecilia Tallis in “Atonement,” puts her in line for her second Oscar and Golden Globe acting noms in the past three years, following 2005’s “Pride & Prejudice.”

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