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Tuesday 22 August 2017

I doubted myself over period roles – Keira

HOLLYWOOD star Keira Knightley says she began to doubt herself because of her casting in so many period films.

The actress (28) has donned a corset in several movies, from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy to last year's Anna Karenina (inset right).

Other period roles include Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, an 18th century aristocrat in The Duchess and Guinevere in King Arthur.

Knightley, who shot to fame in 2002 film Bend it Like Beckham, said that she was now reconciled to her appearances in period dramas.

The Oscar-nominated actress said: "I've been asking myself about that an awful lot, and I think when I was younger I felt really bad about it, and felt I was doing something wrong in doing so many period films."

She added: "And then, all of a sudden, I went, 'OK, this is obviously what I'm drawn to'. I love history, reading historical novels and watching period pieces, as well as performing in them. I think it's something to do with fantasy, which is what I love."

The Atonement star, who married Klaxons keyboardist James Righton (29) in the south of France in May, said: "You change with your experiences.

"It would be sad if you didn't," she said, adding: "My fame isn't as big as Brad Pitt's, thankfully."

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