Keira Knightley 'hell of a pregnancy' inspired Silent Night role
2023/11/17

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has revealed that her 'hell of a pregnancy' was the inspiration to take on the role in her film Silent Night.

The 36-year-old actress was expecting her second child and suffering from sciatica when she first read the script for the festive flick, which was filmed in February 2019.

Keira has been married to musician James Righton, 36, since 2015 and gave birth to Delilah in late 2019 and is also mother to Edie, six. 

Difficult: Keira Knightley has revealed that her 'hell of a pregnancy' inspired her to take on the role in her Christmas film Silent Night (pictured while expecting her second child) 

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She said: 'We filmed it before Covid and I was pregnant with my second daughter [when I read the script]. It had been one hell of a pregnancy.

'I'd been nauseous for six months solid. I had a couple of weeks when I felt all right, and then I got sciatica, so I was in agony and I was in agony and really angry in my hormonal state.'

Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation or the compression of the sciatic nerve. 

Star: The 36-year-old actress was expecting her second child and suffering from sciatica when she first read the script for the festive flick, which was filmed in February 2019 (pictured in the film)

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In her first Christmas film since the 2003 classic Love Actually, Keira stars as Nell, a mother preparing for the Christmas season when because of a lethal environmental catastrophe, the government rolls out suicide pills to the public for a quick and easy death.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actress then went on to claim that - despite her pain - she was drawn to the role of a mother in the comedy horror because it tackles the 'dark side of maternity.'

Speaking to Stylist Magazine, she added: 'I'm very interested in women's stories. And I think this film taps into the dark side of maternity; you give birth to life. 

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Family: Keira has been married to musician James Righton, 36, (right) since 2015 and gave birth to Delilah in late 2019 and is also mother to Edie, six

'I'm very aware of how easily these tiny creatures could die. But you're not able to fix everything for your kid, even though you want to be able to say it's OK.  

'Sometimes you can't. In a weird way, that's what this film deals with: that dark maternal thing.'

The Love Actually actress co-stars with names such as Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis and Annabelle Wallis. 

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Late last year and her family contracted Covid, with the actress admitting at the time that she was 'feeling pretty rubbish.' 

Icon: Silent Night is her first Christmas film since the 2003 classic Love Actually (pictured in Love Actually)

The film star told in an interview that she was 'feeling frazzled' due to being trapped in their north house with the virus.    

Double-jabbed Keira revealed her two children were faring better than her. 

She said of her asymptomatic husband: '[He is] being very smug about it – he is convinced it's because he's one of those cold-water swimmers and I'm not.'

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Keira did not specify if James has also been vaccinated. MailOnline contacted Keira and James' representatives for further comment at the time. 

Film: The Love Actually actress co-stars with names such as Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis and Annabelle Wallis in Silent Night 

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