Keira Knightley's style transformation

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Since her breakthrough role in Bend it Like Beckham, Keira Knightley has become one of Britain's biggest actresses, starring alongside Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and earning critical acclaim for her portrayal as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice.

However, Knightley, 30, has also become a style icon in her own right. The green silk gown she wore in Atonement sparked a rush of copycat dresses, she became the face of Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle and the Chanel 'silhouette' dresses she's worn this year have sparked countless conversations.

But above all, while you might not take the particularly private star to be a risk-taker, the last 13 years have been filled with bold (and brave) red carpet choices that have since become iconic: remember her white crop top at the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere in 2003 or her Vera Wang gown and statement necklace at the Academy Awards in 2006? Those were the good old days...

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  • 2001

    At the Bridget Jones's Diary premiere in London, posing with Thora Burch.

  • April 2002

    At the Bend it Like Beckham premiere at Café de Paris in London with her co-stars.

  • September 2002

    At an awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London.

  • 2003

    At the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere in Disneyland, California

  • 2004

    At the Hollywood Film Festival Awards in Los Angeles.

  • 2005

    At the premiere of Pride & Prejudice in London.

  • January 2006

    In a Valentino gown at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. She was nominated for the Best Actress award.

  • March 2006

    In a Vera Wang gown At the Academy Awards in Hollywood. She was nominated for the Best Actress award.

  • July 2006

    In a gold Gucci dress at the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest premiere in London.

  • 2007

    In a Rodarte gown at the premiere of Atonement in London.

  • 2008

    In a XX dress and Chanel jewellery at the premiere of The Duchess in London.

  • 2008

    In a black Chanel dress at The Duchess film screening presented by Chanel and Vogue in New York.

  • 2009

    In a grey Chloe suit at the premiere of Cheri at the 59th Berlin Film Festival.

  • September 2011

    In a Valentino gown at the premiere of A Dangerous Method, 68th Venice Film Festival.

  • October 2011

    In a Roksanda Ilincic dress at the premiere of A Dangerous Method, 55th BFI London Film Festival.

  • January 2012

    In a Burberry gown at the premiere of A Dangerous Method in London.

  • November 2012

    In an Erdem gown at the premiere of Anna Karenina in Los Angeles.

  • 2013

    With her husband James Righton at the SeriousFun Children's Network London Gala. Knightley is wearing a Chanel dress which she wore on her wedding day earlier that year.

  • March 2014

    In a Chanel dress at the Chanel autumn winter 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week.

  • April 2014

    In a Chanel dress at the premiere of Begin Again, at the Tribeca Film Festival.

  • December 2014

    Keira sparkled in this Simone Rocha dress on the red carpet, just days before confirming she is expecting her first child.

  • January 2015

    Keira wowed in this Chanel dress embellished with butterflies at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'The Imitation Game'

  • January 2015

    Wearing a Chanel Resort dress to the 26th Annual PGA Awards in LA

  • January 2015

    Arriving on the blue carpet at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, wearing a Delpozo grey sleeveless gown with beautiful floral embellishments

  • January 2015

    Keira wore a mustard yellow Hermes dress with a matching yellow clutch to the BAFTA TV Tea Party in LA with her husband

  • January 2015

    Keira stunned in this lace tiered dress by Erdem on the red carpet at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • February 2015

    Wearing Michael van der Ham to 'The Imitation Game' film private reception in London

  • February 2015

    Keira toughened up her feminine Giambattista Valli Couture dress with a leather jacket at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards

  • February 2015

    Keira wowed in this tiered and ruffled Chanel dress to the Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscar Dinner at Madeo Restaurant, in LA

  • February 2015

    Wearing a lace Burberry dress at the Writers Guild Awards in LA

  • February 2015

    Keira covered her baby bump on the red carpet at the Oscars in this flowing Valentino gown embroidered with flowers and French words

  • February 2015

    Wearing a plunging black velvet dress to the Oscars Vanity Fair after party in LA.

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