Keira Knightley 'a spelling error'

Published: 28th January 2015

Keira Knightley 'a spelling error'

Anyone who has ever spelled Keira Knightley's first name incorrectly can be forgiven for the mistake as she has revealed her mum got it wrong too when she registered her birth.

The star of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and last year's hit The Imitation Game, pictured in black tights at the Elle Style Awards, describes herself as a "spelling error". She told Elle UK magazine that she was named after Russian ice skater Kiera Ivanov, who her father was a fan of.

But when her mother registered her birth she wrote Keira rather than Kiera. When the couple found out about the error it was too late to change the spelling.

Keira is hoping that her misspelt name will be read out on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood next month as the winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She has been nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in The Imitation Game.

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