Best & Worst: Keira Knightley

Best: Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Knightley’s first pairing with debut feature director Joe Wright earned her an Oscar nomination (her only so far), and it’s not hard to see why.

As Elizabeth Bennet, Keira adds fire and feistiness to what could easily have become a limp new adaptation of Jane Austen’s much-adapted book. Under the breezy direction of Wright, she stirs loin-warming chemistry with Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr Darcy, meaning her Elizabeth has become the defining portrayal to a generation of movie-goers.