Why Isn’t Keira Knightley on Stranger Tides?

It’s been five years since the last Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and fans are clamoring for more. One of the most popular questions is: why isn’t Keira Knightley in Stranger Tides? It’s a valid question, considering she was such a big part of the first three films.

So what happened? There are a few theories floating around. The first is that her character, Elizabeth Swann, simply didn’t fit into the story.

This seems unlikely, considering how integral she was to the plot of the previous movies. It’s more likely that Knightley simply wasn’t available or interested in reprising her role.

What Happened to Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is a well-known actress who has starred in many popular movies. She was born on March 26, 1985, in Teddington, London, England. Her full name is Keira Christina Knightley.

She has an older brother named Caleb and her parents are Sharman Macdonald and Will Knightley. Her mother is a playwright and her father is an actor. Knightley began acting when she was six years old and appeared in her first professional play The Misanthrope at the age of seven alongside her father.

She made her film debut in 1995 with a small role in the British comedy A Feast at Midnight. Knightley’s breakthrough role came in 2002 when she played the lead character Elizabeth Swann in the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl opposite Johnny Depp. She reprised this role in two sequels: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007).

For her work on these films, she earned nominations for Best Actress at both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the BAFTAs. In 2004, she appeared as Guinevere opposite Clive Owen in King Arthur; this was followed by roles as Audrey Hepburn in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Natalie Portman’s double Padmé Amidala/Queen Amidala from Star Wars Episode I – III (2005) In 2006, Knightley received critical acclaim for her performance as Vera Drake’s daughter Lily Taylor-Drake in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake; for which she won a London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year award and received another Best Actress nomination at both the SAG Awards and BAFTAs.

Also that year, she starred alongside Ralph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper in Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain as Ada Monroe; earning another Best Actress Academy Award nomination as well as winning Best Supporting Actress at both the Golden Globe Awards and Satellite Awards. In 2007, she played Jane Austen heroine Elizabeth Bennet opposite Matthew Macfadyen as Mr Darcyin Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice; giving one of her most iconic performances to date which led to comparisons with Austen herself.


Keira Knightley was not in the fourth Pirates of Caribbean movie, Stranger Tides, because she was pregnant with her first child. She was also filming The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus at the time and her pregnancy prevented her from doing both films.

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