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.