Keira Knight­ley

Friday - - Making A Difference -

Nom­i­nated for Best sup­port­ing actress for The Imi­ta­tion Game.

Also known for Pi­rates of the Caribbean and Love Ac­tu­ally. How she makes a dif­fer­ence Hu­man rights, rais­ing Aids aware­ness, ac­cess to wa­ter? Knight­ley, 29, has had a crack at help­ing with them all.

In 2004 she vis­ited Aids vic­tims in Ethiopia on be­half of Comic Re­lief, work­ing with the Ir­ish char­ity GOAL while there. “It is a won­der­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion that has helped bet­ter the lives of mil­lions of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple,” she noted. Dur­ing the trip she vis­ited Ad­dis Ababa’s shel­ters for home­less chil­dren, and saw how or­phans were now work­ing as chefs, fac­tory work­ers and car­pen­ters. Fa­mously, the Bend It Like Beckham star had a game of street soc­cer while there.

She is also the face of the Amnesty In­ter­na­tional cam­paign to sup­port hu­man rights – some­thing she’s been in­volved with ever since she starred in a short film called Pro­tect The Hu­man, in 2008.

“I wanted to be part of this film to help raise aware­ness of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights,” she said. “And to help them, in a small way, to cam­paign against the abuses of hu­man rights that are still hap­pen­ing ev­ery day.”

As if that’s not enough, she’s ap­peared in other short films and photo shoots for or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ingWaterAid and In­ter­na­tion­alWomen’s Day.

And one more thing In 2006, Knight­ley do­nated the dress she wore to the 2006 Academy Awards to UK char­ity Ox­fam. It raised £4,300 (Dh24,300) at auc­tion.

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