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People shocked after learning how young Keira Knightly actually was in Pirates of the Caribbean

Emily Brown

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People shocked after learning how young Keira Knightly actually was in Pirates of the Caribbean

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Film fans have been left shocked after learning how young Keira Knightley was when she starred alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Thanks to her multiple appearances in numerous films over the years, Knightley is one of those actors who seems to have been in Hollywood forever.

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You might remember being wowed as a youngster by her skills in Bend It Like Beckham, or you might greet her like an old friend every year as she watches Mark declare her love for her character in Love Actually.

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She went on to star in The Imitation Game, Colette, Official Secrets and Silent Night, as well as appearing multiple times in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Not a bad list for someone who isn't even 40 yet.

It's not surprising that Knightley is only 37 - she certainly doesn't look any older than that - but when you do the maths, it starts to become clear that Knightley became a huge name from a very young age.

Keira Knightly was just 16 when she starred in Bend It Like Beckham. Credit: Film Council
Keira Knightly was just 16 when she starred in Bend It Like Beckham. Credit: Film Council

She was just 16 years old when she appeared in Bend It Like Beckham, and thanks to Christmas re-watches you might have recently learned about the surprisingly small age gap between her character and the character of Liam Neeson's son in Love Actually.

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But what you may not have realised is that when Knightley worked with Depp and Bloom in her first Pirates appearance, she was still a teenager.

In fact, she wasn't even old enough to have a swig of Captain Jack Sparrow's rum.

Knightley was born on 26 March, 1985, and The Curse of the Black Pearl was released in the US in July 2003. As filming on the movie would have wrapped a few months before its release, that means Knightley was just 17 years old when she appeared in the film.

Knightley was still a teenager when she appeared in the film. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures
Knightley was still a teenager when she appeared in the film. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures
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Bloom, who played Knightley's love interest in the film, would have been 25 as the movie was shot, while Depp would have been 39.

The discovery about Knightley's age has left fans baffled, with one writing: "just found out kiera knightley was 17 in the first pirates of the caribbean movie & i just didn't need to find that out todyay [sic]."

Another commented: "JUST FOUND OUT KIERA KNIGHTLEY WAS 17 IN PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. I’M NOT OKAY."

I don't know about you, but I'll be spending the rest of the day trying not to compare my 17-year-old self to Knightley's.

Topics: Celebrity, TV And Film

Emily Brown
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