Knightley Stars in Domestic Violence Ad

Spot shows successful actress' encounter with abusive partner

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2009 2:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Keira Knightley gets roughed up in a new TV ad on domestic violence, the Guardian reports. Knightley, playing herself, returns home to be accused by her abusive partner of an affair with a co-star. As he beats her, the camera pulls out to reveal that they are on a film set, and the message “Isn’t it time someone called cut?” appears.

Knightley and director Joe Wright donated their time to make the spot for UK charity Women’s Aid. “I wanted to take part in this advert for Women’s Aid because while domestic violence exists in every section of society we rarely hear about it,” Knightley said. “Domestic violence affects one in four women at some point in their lifetime and kills two women every week.”

Actress Keira Knightley, from the film "The Duchess," poses for a portrait during the International Film Festival in Toronto, Sept. 7, 2008.   (AP Photo)
Actress Keira Knightley poses for a portrait in this 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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