Keira Knightley for ELLE UK Magazine

Posted on June 05, 2014

Well, this all seems to check out. Keira Knightley, looking ever-so fresh, mod and English? Done and done.


K1Keira Knightley covers the Juny 2014 issue of ELLE UK magazine photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Ann-Marie Curtis.

On why she wouldn’t let a teenage daughter take up acting: “Oh, 100%, I’d absolutely tell her not to. I would 150 million trillion per cent be totally discouraging. Teenage years should be done privately. You should be going out and getting unbelievably drunk, getting into ridiculous situations, making mistakes. That’s what that time of life is about and we should do that privately. Saying that, I don’t regret it – I wouldn’t do my life any differently, but having lived through it…There was a very long time when [interviewers] were all: “Well you’re a sh*t actress and you’re anorexic and people hate you” which, for a teenager is a very strange thing.”


Wow. Who knew that Keira Knightley and T Lo would raise our hypothetical children the same way? Darling, if you ever wanna go halfsies on a baby with fabulous gay couple (instead of, y’know, with your husband and all), just let us know. He or she would be fabulous on an international level. They’d also probably have a juvie record that we’d have to pay someone off to get expunged, but it would be worth it, no? Think about it.


K2Gucci Fall 2014 Collection


K4Gucci Fall 2014 Collection


K7Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2014 Collection


As we said, the styling’s probably a little on the expected side, but she does tend to work this kind of look really well. LOVING that Dolce & Gabbana on her. Adorable.




[Photo Credit: Thomas Whiteside for ELLE UK Magazine]

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  • International Model

    Keira has taken her knocks, but to be blown away by her acting, watch “A Dangerous Method”. She’s unbelievable…much like that gorgeous Gucci.

    Her hair is like a werewolf – perfect.

    • Thomas

      I actually didn’t like her in that movie. I thought she over-acted. I did like her in Atonement though.

      • Lucía Gavello

        Same here, I found her performance quite overwrought.

      • International Model

        I will check out Atonement!

        • @Biting Panda

          I’m reading Atonement now. I haven’t seen the movie. She has that Kerri Washington, mouth full of teeth, way of talking that always distracts me.

          • Thomas

            The book is better than the movie (as they usually are), but the movie is still quite good. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack is great, the fashion is stunning (Keira in the green dress is iconic) and James McAvoy is in it.

          • @Biting Panda

            I’ve wanted to see it, and just not made it around to it. I learned my lesson with Cold Mountain. If I watch it first, I’m likely to not get around to the book at all.

          • International Model

            I think you hit on what I love about them both, being a pony toothed gal myself…

          • Thomas

            I’m the same way, and with so many books being made into movies these days, I end up not reading many books lol

          • marlie

            I couldn’t finish Cold Mountain (the book), and I fell asleep during the movie. I still haven’t a clue what happened.

          • random_poster

            I read the book, and had no desire to see the movie. I did enjoy the book.

          • paintedfish

            read the Odyssey, same thing.

          • Tlazolteotl

            And O Brother Where Art Thou did the Odyssey much better, I’d argue. I love that movie.

          • scoobynacks

            Zellweger got hosed for Chicago and she hosed us with Cold Mountain.

          • International Model

            McAvoy’s in it? Done. Just…done.

          • Jessica | Surely Sonsy

            He’s quite yummy in it. Benedict Cumberbatch is in it too. :))

          • MartyBellerMask

            Wait, what? Dang it. Sign me up.

          • Ginmaru

            My favorite t-shirt says “Don’t judge a book by its movie.”

          • Alyssa

            I need a shirt that says that! I tell people that all the time.

          • Ginmaru

            My husband bought it from one of the catalogs that supports PBS. I think it was “Signals”.

          • MartyBellerMask

            “Wireless” is (or was) the public radio version of the catalog. They have a lot of the same stuff.

          • smh4748

            The soundtrack is SO good! And the green dress is one of my favorite movie costumes ever. I also really like her hair in that movie–I know it’s period, but it’s super cute.

          • Wink

            “Mouth-full-of-teeth way of talking”… I knew there was a good description out there, but I just couldn’t grasp it. Thanks!

          • scoobynacks

            That’s basically how Billie Piper talks now. Distracting whenever we see her on Doctor Who post-Doomsday. All I can think is “teeth, what did she do to her teeth?”

          • Tess Tea

            Happy to know I am not the only one.

        • imspinningaround

          The sex scene’s pretty hot.

          • International Model

            Possibly spoilerish question based on recent information acquired – is it with McAvoy?

          • Thomas


        • KateShouldBeWorking

          I just watched it (again) the other day. I love it but I like heavy movies.

          Plus there’s The Dress. You’ll know it when you see it.

      • Jaimie

        I’d forgotten I’d seen A Dangerous Method until now. Obviously it made a big impression on me. Yeah, I thought she was overacting as well, but still enjoyed the movie. I love her in The Dutchess, or perhaps I just love The Dutchess.

      • NurseEllen

        The best thing about Atonement was Vanessa Redgrave. Why she didn’t get an Oscar for Supporting Actress is a mystery of the universe I will never comprehend. Five minutes of her on the screen was so much more fulfilling than the other 120 minutes of everyone else in the cast. (Although I will grant that Saorise Ronan was beautifully, hypnotically photographed.)

    • RussellH88

      Despite the movie being a big disappointment (The book is so much better), I thought she was really good in Never Let Me Go

      • dmkava

        I thought the film was on par with the book—both were pretty bleak and well done

        • RussellH88

          So much of the book (to me) was this melancholy tone of reminiscing that I think the movie lost. The character’s childhood was glazed over and I think it made the storyline during their adult years seem more shallow because it was lacking the history that was portrayed in the book. It made it feel like it was just a fairly tawdry love triangle as opposed to what it really was.

          And I didn’t really like Andrew Garfield in it. I had a friend who saw the movie but didn’t read the book and she thought Tommy was supposed to be mentally handicapped.

          • Jennifer L.

            Agreed! Although I think part of that is because Ishiguro did a great job of showing us Kathy’s inner thoughts/motivations w/out pandering, which is really hard to do on film.

      • International Model

        I will check that out, too!

        • RussellH88

          If you’re in the mood to be emotionally gutted, read the book.

          I finished the book in the morning, set it down and thought “Well, I can’t read anything else for a while now”

          • dmkava

            So you saw the film first? That might explain your reaction

          • RussellH88

            No, I read the book first. I don’t think I was even aware of the movie when I read the book.

          • Alicia

            That was my response to the book too (I haven’t seen the movie).

          • ktr33

            Didn’t/don’t want to see the movie. Can’t imagine it holding a candle or anything else to the book.

      • Aidan B

        Agreed. LOVED the book, was disappointed by the movie, though I perhaps set my expectations too high. The cast was good, it just seemed like they didn’t flesh out the story enough.

        • RussellH88

          I think it would be so hard to make a movie of that book really work, because the plot is fairly simple. What makes it so emotionally resonant is the deep level of characterization and sense of history that we get from it.

          The concept of the book essentially fucks you up because you’re so invested in the lives of these people.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I loved her in “Bend it like Beckham.” Prefer her as a blond.

      • Aidan B

        I still think that movie is freaking hilarious. I know very few people who agree with me.

        • cowper

          Juliet Stevenson as the mom is the best!

          • Aidan B

            “Get your lesbian feet out of my shoes!!”
            “Lesbian? I thought she was a Pisces?”

          • cowper

            And that bit about “You don’t want to be Sporty Spice, do you?” Takes me back.

          • Rhonda Shore

            It’s one of those movies that i’ll watch whenever i see it’s on, from any point in the movie…

    • NMMagpie

      A Dangerous Method, I am sorry to say, is one huge snooze-fest. That kills me because two of my husbands, Viggo and Fassbender, are in the film. She did give it her all, however. She could do nothing for that script and pacing.

    • Sartorial_She

      I found her charming in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

    • furyleika

      I thought she was excellent in Domino.

  • Glam Dixie

    Her hair could use a better do, or maybe it just needs a brush and I also wish they had picked at least one picture of her without her mouth hanging open. The clothes are cute on her. I also can’t endorse drunk teenagers, but I actually have some teenagers so that may have something to do with it.

    • Alicia

      I find the attitude to teenage drinking over here quite weird – obvs the drinking age is 18, so they are teenagers anyway, but most mothers of teenagers I know will happily buy them alcohol to take to parties even when they are 15-16.

      • Glam Dixie

        I cannot understand a parent who would buy a 15 year old alcohol. That’s negligent to me.

        • Grumpy Girl

          Is there some difference based on the likelihood they need to drive? It’s not so much the idea of them drinking, as them doing something else they lack experience with (driving) that makes it worse? Not that I condone buying alcohol for a 15 year old, much less for one going to hang out with others of the age. Then again, I find I have to spend so much money on teens anyhow, that buying alcohol is one bridge too far.

          • Glam Dixie

            No difference to me whether there is driving involved or not, it’s just a no either way. Fifteen year olds are children and do not need alcohol to have fun and that’s a bad mind set to put them in.

      • Glam Dixie

        My apologies, Alicia, I was out on the lawn mower cutting grass and trying to respond to you and I kindofsetthelawnmoweronfire so didn’t really get to be articulate. I think there is some truth to what Dan Savage is always saying about how Australia got the criminals and America got the Puritans. We have as a country been pretty conservative and slow to change. In some ways I think that’s a good thing, in other ways it holds us back but regardless I can’t say as I could ever see buying alcohol for a child and 15 is still a child both developmentally and physically.

        • Alicia

          No problem at all – setting the lawn mower on fire is a very good excuse!

          I was actually referring to the drinking culture in the UK – in Australia it was quite different. I never went to a party where adults provided alcohol for teenagers until we were over 18. It’s my friends with teenagers in the UK who provide them with alcohol for parties, and I do find it quite shocking. But there is just a lot more alcohol in the UK I find – in Oz the liquor licencing laws are quite restrictive as are the drink driving laws, but here in the UK you can buy booze in supermarkets, most restaurants, and most bars and pubs you can take your drinks out into the street, and they don’t do Random Breath Testing. The night we arrived, my husband took me into Covent Garden and there were people all over the pavements drinking, drunk girls crying in gutters surrounded by broken glass… it was like something out of a Hogarth painting.

      • conniemd

        My daughter spent a summer when she was 15 at a summer program in Dijon France. She went to restaurants and ordered a drink. She even brought back bottles of wine on the plane for us. I find the European attitude much saner than ours sort of a forbidden fruit thing. If youngsters grow up with a small glass of wine at dinner it’s less of a novelty.

  • lecoffeeaddict

    She’s gorgeous, and her depth and insight are much appreciated in light of Gwyneth’s apparent departure from reality. That said, her hair on the cover kind of confuses me? It looks like they started styling it, and then decided, “nah, f— it.”

    • St. Ace

      While right to her are HUMONGOUS WORDS about ALL NATURAL HAIR.

  • kimmeister

    Mauve isn’t for most people, but she’s totally working it. LOVE the yellow dress on her, although I found myself hoping it didn’t get grass stains. Her hair looks awfully wiggy in the last shot though.

  • Scimommy

    I don’t say this often. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever said this, but… I want that Gucci dress. The first one. We’d have to default on our mortgage for me to buy it, but husband would probably understand, right? RIGHT?

    • Thomas

      Wait for Zara to make a knock-off if they haven’t already.

  • Anna

    Hair could use a bit more polish, but I’m getting Vanessa Redgrave in Blow-Up realness. Love.

  • RussellH88

    It’s likes British Concentrate.

    I love it.

  • Jacob Bowen

    NO MORE OWLS!!! I haven’t seen them on Pinterest/Facebook lately and it has been SO nice!

    • decormaven

      Ha ha! That was my reaction. The owl motif has been overwrought, particularly in the home decor market.

    • ktr33

      Put an Owl on it!

    • demidaemon

      My mother loves owls, so, if I have to put up with them, I love this version. In fact, if I was rich, I would buy this dress for her OR have someone make a replica.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Slap a mustache on the owl and BURN IT WITH FIRE.

    • DuBey2


  • hughman

    The Shrimp, The Twigs, The Knight, Abbey Road, Biba…

  • KT

    She looks kind of tired and frazzled on the cover, but the inside shots are cute. Those dresses suit her really well, and I’m digging that haircut.

  • Aidan B

    When I see TLo’s twitter tag I thought “uh oh, did Keira say something stupid?” but I totally agree with her statement (and the Uncles too!). Also, she looks fab, but as I irrationally love her, I pretty much think she always looks fab.

  • numenah

    The hair, makeuo, and especially the clothes suit her to a T. Usually I find her blush to be too brown, but here she looks as pretty as I’ve seen her recently. I love all these looks and would have worn them in my heyday.

  • HeisenbergHattie

    I agree. I love that owl dress on Keira. Having said that, if I wore that same dress to the mall, I’m pretty sure my daughter would not walk next to me. This discrepancy illustrates that sad fact that …. life is not fair.

  • rhaazz

    OMG, I think all those dresses are inexcusably ugly and unflattering. It’s like someone set out to ruin her looks by making her wear cardboard boxes instead of clothing.

  • ScarlettHarlot

    That yellow dress! She is serving up some Classic Doctor Who companion realness!

  • Violentcello

    I’m having a lot of fun imagining a joint-custody situation with a TLo-Knightly baby. Most fabulous baby indeed. Hashtagsuckit North West.

    And I love her in that yellow dress more than I probably should.

    • Aidan B

      I ADORE that shot. She looks fantastic.

    • MilaXX

      Hashie for short?

  • NBG

    Predictably mod.

    Someone in the UK is now envisioning her in a Twiggy biopic.

    • alliekat9090

      NO! All she has in common with Twiggy is that they are both crazy skinny. Twiggy was an matchstick goddess and had a face for the ages. .This one – no way.

  • Ginmaru

    For some reason I am getting Freddie Mercury vibe from the picture of her in the blue owl dress.

  • Jennifer Bober

    That pink Gucci is adorable!

  • Kbear

    That D&G dress is a housecoat craft project gone very, very wrong.

  • MilaXX

    It’s nice to read an interview from a celeb that doesn’t make me roll my eyes. Love the pink dress, hate the mustard dress, dislike the owl dress on the model, but it looks really cute in this picture.

  • smh4748

    I’m not sure I love the long bangs on her–though they work for me in the D&G shot. She’s so pretty.

    I also sort of love her for the ridiculousness of “150 million trillion per cent.” Haha.

  • frannyprof


  • Athenrein

    Her hair looks like normal person hair. My hair could actually look like that on a daily basis. Goal acquired.

  • Whitney Barkley

    I am adoring both of the dresses, but not the hair. She has such stunning bone structure – why hide it?

    Also, I will totally go halfsies on a baby.

  • texashistorian

    Queen of the duck face. (That’s not nice – sorry!). I just wish she’d freaking smile instead of exhibiting that constant contour-pout.

    • Thomas

      I think I read that somebody in the business told her that she didn’t have a nice smile when she was a teenager, so I really can’t blame her after that.

      • demidaemon

        It seems she is harboring a lot from being a teen, but don’t we all?

        • Thomas

          I read a Time Magazine article last summer that said your teen years are the most influential on your life, confidence and how you think of yourself.

          • demidaemon

            I believe it and totally agree.

  • Jen Freeman

    Love the owl dress!

  • Mothra

    If someone doesn’t send me that owl dress I am going to cry my eyes out.

  • Julie Chase

    Her face is ridiculous. Just so beautiful and CHEEKBONES. That Gucci dress is gorgeous.

  • Gatto Nero

    Now if only she’d stop with that pout.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She’s #1 on my IRRATIONAL LOVE LIST so I think this is delightful and wonderful and I’m happy to see her on TLo today. Also, owl dress!

  • Truthiness2U

    Is she physically unable to close her mouth? Like as a serious question at this point, because I never seem to see it closed, except when talking.
    It’s not that I dislike Keira…I’m just always put off by her mouth never. being. closed. in all of her shots.

    As for the shots…pretty enough. Love the owl dress.

    • MikeVR

      You haven’t look very hard, have you? Or even at all…

      • Truthiness2U

        I don’t look for stuff on Keira. I don’t care enough about to do so. But yes, to the best of my recollection, every time I have seen her on covers at the checkout stand, or photoshoots here, seems she always has her mouth open. Case in point…she’s three for three here. So not sure what your point is. And I don’t care enough to get in to it otherwise.

        • MikeVR

          You weren’t going on about covers. You were pretending to be unsure if she was physically able to close her mouth.
          There are, of course, thousands of pictures of her with her mouth closed. If Elle had wanted one on their cover they would have had it. As I’ve got no doubt you already know.
          So not sure what you point is.

          • Truthiness2U

            My last word on this…if you look at the other comments, seems I’m not the only that sees it happening. So there’s that…and yeah if you want to keep talking to me (and no one else saying the same thing in this thread) go right ahead. And have great Friday!

  • Danielle

    Wow, I LOVE the Gucci. For serious.

  • marlie

    I love everything about these looks. They’re SO her, but in a different way than some of the princess-y Chanels she been wearing lately. LOVE.

  • mimi

    Her hair in that D&G dress is AWFUL, though. Helmet hair.

  • rumcg66

    Does she ever close her mouth? She’s on my irrational hate list and that’s one reason why. The clothes are cute, though.

    • Trickytrisha

      That mouth thing…. she and Jessica Pare share it. Drives me nuts. I’m shallow that way. Anyhoo, not the best cover shot. While I don’t adore the owl dress, I do adore the shoes on the model.

      • FibonacciSequins

        KStew does it too. It doesn’t bother me with any of them but I can see why people would get annoyed with it.

  • Kent Roby

    I didn’t know that Pharrell is in prison.

  • Sunraya

    I’ve loved that pink Gucci since I’ve seen it!

  • CNM

    Jesus Christ what is up with that Holly Hobby D&G dress?!?! Send that off to Regretsy, stat!



  • Imasewsure

    Ooh I like all of this. For some reason the juvenile stuff never looks juvenile on her. Must be magic

  • Lex

    Love her with brunette hair! And I want that owl dress badly


    Everything but the cray owl dress

  • Alloy Jane

    I goddamn want that owl dress. The hair, not a fan of it. But I love her even though I don’t love all her movies. Srsly tho that hair is too elementary school for her.

  • FibonacciSequins

    1970s Breck girl realness.

  • LeelaST

    I like the pink Gucci on the model. I’ve said before here – she’s one of my IR’s and this quote sums up what I still think of her “…well you’re a sh*t actress you’re anorexic and people hate you…” Such a mystery why some become famous and some don’t.

  • MichelleRafter

    Maybe because I live in Portland and am sick of the whole Portlandia bird thing but I cannot get into the felt applique owls. Too twee.

  • LadyVimes

    So mod. So English. It works.
    I still wish she’d find a different expression for once though. She does the same thing with her mouth every. single. time.

    • MRC210

      I know. I want to say to her “If you’re going to smile, smile. But don’t just leave your mouth hanging open, because it makes you look stupid.”

      • LadyVimes

        Someone probably told her once that it makes her cheekbones stand out, and she hasn’t varied since.

  • anotherkate

    I like her. I always have, I don’t care what anyone says. She was excellent in Pride and Prejudice, and I was all set to HATE it, having adored the BBC miniseries to death. And that green gown she wore in Atonement is one of my all-time favorite fashion moments in a film. I loved, loved, loved it, and her in it. This is cute, and that owl D&G is much cuter on her than the model.

  • malarson2

    My version of what I think a True English Rose (like you, @MichelleRafter:disqus, I too am from Portland so who knows how far off I am) looks like.

  • ktr33

    I’m so tired of the sucking-in-my-cheeks pout. When she smiles, you see she has a mouthful of slightly crowded teeth which is cute!

    The owl dress is ridic — kids’ craft kit — but I LOVE the D&G shoes on the model, as much as can see.
    Love the 1st dress, tho it’s a little too bandaid in color. The mustard dress with the breastplate? eh.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I’m pretty sure I had a late 60s/early 70s edition of Edward Lear with that Dolce & Gabbana owl illustrating the Owl and the Pussycat poem, so that frock is making me very happy and nostalgic. Keira looks fabulous.

  • somebody blonde

    I love it. Even though the styling is expected for her, the pieces are all fabulous and difficult for other women. It’s fine to go the expected route with an actress who has an uncommon look, IMO.

  • snarkykitten

    Can I go back in time so you can go halvsies with my parents?

  • NurseEllen

    I would like to see Lupita Nyong’O in that first Gucci dress…..I bet she would KILL in it.

  • quiltrx

    On my semi-rational hate list…at least she’s not acting in these shots, so she’s not sucking in her cheeks and squinting like usual.

    • ktr33

      she is, though! or definitely the cheek-sucking. Errgghh!

  • thatch pheasant

    This is a girl who always looks fabulous and has great presence without the pretention and self conscious awkwardness from people who don’t have a clue who they are in a business that feeds on its own tail. .

  • livesarah

    I’ve been told I resemble Kiera Knightly (I don’t, except for a strong jawline and my hair actually being similar to hers here). So I feel qualified to say that the pink colour of that Gucci dress really doesn’t suit her. That said, I would kill for it in any other colour. And the Dolce and Gabbana! My inner 6-year-old wants that dress so hard.

    Also I just *died* to see hair like mine on a magazine cover. Just goes to show that anything can become cool if you wait long enough!

  • Patrick Cleary

    The hoot owl dress! Sometimes, I’m SO SAD that men don’t get to wear things like hoot owl dresses.

  • Nancer

    Nice, but I’m not loving the hair.

  • paintedfish

    i wish she’d been drinking a Tab in the owl photo.

  • Monabel

    I’m surprised the uncles didn’t excoriate the Owls-on-the Blue-Dress as too home crafty. Unsuccessful, IMHO.

  • Nice_Shirt

    My owl-obsessed teenager would cut a bitch for that D&G, but I can’t really see it as anything but crafty and teenager-y. Cute, but certainly nothing that would cost more than her first car did.

  • Rroxy

    I don’t like her as an actress, I think she’s way overrated. Hated her in Pride and Prejudice, didn’t enjoy her acting in A Dangerous Method, furiously hated her in Anna Karenina. Mouth full of teeth is about right. She has this way of projecting her jaw forward that really annoys me. Like many modern actresses, she’s all looks, no substance.

  • D J H

    T-Lo Baby’s first sentence: “Sweet Jesus on a Breadstick!”