Natalie Portman And Keira Knightley - When God Runs Out Of Ideas For Creation

Hanima Anand |Sep 22, 2020

Looking similar to a superstar as Natalie Portman can be considered a luck for normal people, but that’s not the case for another star like Keira Knightley. Read her story!

Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley are definitely among the most impressive lookalikes on screen. In fact, Keira used to play as a double for Natalie Portman in Star Wars. And no one could ever imagine that decoy girl later also becomes a huge film star with even more accolades.

Natalie Portman
Many people thought Natalie Portman has a long-lost sister named Keira.

Queen Amidala and her decoy on Star Wars film set

Though the two actresses have worked in the industry for decades, they are often mistaken for each other. If you search their names online, you can see suggested questions as Is Keira Knightley related to Natalie Portman or Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley comparison photos. Well, in fact, it’s always a tough task to distinguish these two beauties if not placing them side by side.

Take a look at this Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman comparison picture below!

Natalie Portman And Keira Knightley Comparison
The two can be distinguished by their makeup styles.

When the two film stars are placed next to each other, we can still manage to tell them apart, thanks to Natalie Portman’s typical short hairstyle in contrast to Keira Knightley’s girly makeup. However, when they are photographed alone, we are not sure whether one can figure out who is who.

Sharing about their similarities, Keira Knightley said that she was mistaken as Natalie Portman for so many times that she no longer wanted to explain to people. The British actress was confused by Natalie Portman’s fans who chased her through airports and repeatedly shouted Natalie! Natalie! after her. In the end, Keira reluctantly stopped, signed, and took picture with them as Natalie Portman.

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is often chased by Natalie's fans at airports.

If you are wondering about their relationship, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley have no biological relation. Natalie was born in Jerusalem in 1981, having both Israeli and American citizenship while Keira was born in London in 1985. Both Keira’s parents are former actors.

Natalie Portman And Keira Knightley Young Comparis
Here is the young photo of two actresses, who is Natalie you guess?

Regarding Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley Star Wars story, the 12-year-old English actress was cast as the body double for Queen Amidala, the character of Natalie Portman. In an interview, Keira said she was so bored while filming Star Wars The Phantom Menace that she fell asleep in the background.

Keira also remembered the headdress she wore in that scene as Natalie’s decoy was so heavy that it gave her a headache.

On the Star Wars film set at that time, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley were often mistaken. Though the Israel actress was 4 years older than Keira, their moms still mixed them up for their identical appearances. If you can't tell them apart in our photos, let us give you a clue. We always place Keira on the left and Natalie on the right in the same photo!

Natalie Portman And Keira Knightley Star Wars Comp
Keira (12) and Natalie (16) in Star Wars roles in 1999.

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Different career paths, same success

Natalie Portman started her career in 1993 when she was 12 years old. The actress appeared in the drama Leon: The Profession before having her official debut in The Diary of a Young Girl in 1998. One year later, she was widely recognized for her role as Padme Amidala in the first Star Wars installment The Phantom Menace.

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Gaining international recognition earlier than Keira, Natalie took a break to pursue her study.

As for Keira Knightley, she joined the entertainment industry even at a much younger age. Thanks to her parents’ work in films, Keira was soon exposed to the cinematic world when she was only 6. She participated in TV commercials and small roles before having her first appearance on screen in 1993. From 1993 to 1998, Keira stared in a number of television films and drama like Innocent Lies or Coming Home. In 1999, Keira was cast as Sabe, the handmaiden and also decoy of Padme Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.


Leaving the crossroad of 1999, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley pursued different paths. While Portman decided to complete her course at Harvard University, Keira actively participated in other film projects. The nonstop endeavor of Keira landed her major roles in various blockbusters that gained her international recognitions, including Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pride & Prejudice (2005) and the second installment of Johnny Depp-starrer, Dead Man’s Chest in 2006.

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Keira Knightley soon got her fame after the minor role in Star Wars.

After finishing her study in 2003, Natalie worked full time for filming the prequel trilogy of Star Wars. She also gained a huge reputation for a number of movies after that, namely Closer, Black Swan or Thor.

Despite differences in career development, both Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman become household names worldwide for their performances. Keira earned up to 3 Golden Globe Awards and 2 Academy Awards while Natalie won 1 Oscar and 2 Golden Globe Awards.

Putting aside their success on screen, both actresses are now enjoying their happy life with gallant husband.

Natalie Portman Family
Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin spotted on the street

Natalie Portman got married to the French choreographer Benjamin Millepied in 2012. The couple are blessed with a son (Aleph, 9 years old) and a daughter (Amalia, 3 years old). Natalie’s family are currently residing in Los Angeles.

Keira Knightley was married to the English musician James Righton in 2013. They have two daughters, Edie (4 years old) and Delilah (1 year old). The actress is an active advocate for paternity leave, along with many other humanitarian campaigns.

Keira Knightley Family
The British actress married a musician of the same citizenship.

Time flies and each forms a unique charm, Natalie Portman and Keira Knightley might not encounter as many confusing situations as before, but they still give the audience a headache whenever their movies are released. Without an introduction, fans possibly mistake one for the other, because both of them are excellent actresses with equally natural expressions.

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