Star Wars is Proof that Yes, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman Look Exactly Alike

Star Wars is Proof that Yes, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman Look Exactly Alike


Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman

Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman have been two successful Hollywood actresses for many years now. But believe it or not, people couldn’t tell them apart at one point. Needless to say, their joint appearance in Star Wars didn’t help, that’s for sure.

Yes, it’s true Knightley and Portman look alike. But are they related? Even more, what part did they play in the Star Wars universe? Here’s everything there is to know in that regard.

Was Keira Knightley Natalie Portman’s Double?

Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman

Keira Knightley played Natalie Portman’s double in the legendary Star Wars: Phantom Menace in 1999. Some folks are under the impression that Knightley and Portman look exactly alike and that Star Wars is the basis for that. It goes without saying that it’s true that they bear some resemblance to one another. But there are a good number of differences that can be cited, and enough of a contrast between them that’s noticeable.


No one can ignore one big discrepancy, however, and that’s the fact that Knightley had a role in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, whereas Portman has never been seen in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Let’s face it; both women are widely known for their roles in these franchises. However, Knightley played a limited role in The Phantom Menace as Sabe, the bodyguard to Queen Amidala.

Are Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman Related?

Keira Knightley

Though it would be cool if Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman were related, unfortunately, that’s not the case; they’re definitely not related. Even more, they’re not the same person as some people think. The two are a few years and inches apart to start with. Knightley is a full three inches taller than Portman and at least four years younger.

Additionally, Knightley’s debut was only a year after Portman’s. For Portman, it was Leon: The Professional, and Knightley’s was the film, Innocent Lies. A huge difference between them has a lot to do with the type of energy they bring to a role. Natalie Portman tends to be more serious, more down to earth, and more grounded. On the other hand, Keira Knightley is more often than not the rebellious sort that seeks to go against the grain and do whatever it takes to defy the established order. Her role in Domino brought that out very well, as did her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates franchise.


Portman isn’t averse to rebelling, but her characters tend to require order, stability, and a sense of reason to them that Knightley’s don’t. Additionally, she seems to dance around the idea of stability rather than using it as a means of balance. Portman, on the other hand, definitely dips into the more reasonable, logical side of life more often than not.

Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman Definitely Look Alike

Natalie Portman

Yes, the pair definitely look alike, but they’re not twins, neither are they related. Knightley is a bit taller than Portman but also has a slightly wilder look to her. Natalie Portman seems like she’s more of a homebody than Knightley, even if the opposite is true.

Their facial features and their body types are proportioned completely differently. Even the way they stand, smile, and move is different. For anyone not familiar with their work, it may be difficult to tell them apart. But there are a lot of differences once a closer look is taken.

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