So it was little surprise that, after it was finally confirmed yesterday that Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend have split up, it was left to others to deliver the epitaphs on their relationship.The break-up follows weeks of speculation that gruelling work commitments had driven the actors apart.Knightley has become Britain’s best paid actress after earning Oscar and BAFTA nominations, a modelling contract with Chanel.Estimated to be worth £30 million, she has two new films in the pipeline and ongoing theatre work.January 2006 - January 2011Keira and Rupert met on the set of ‘Pride & Prejudice.’ They started dating after filming had wrapped and appear on our Hottest Couples of 2010 List. Their five-year romance was so low-key that they refused even to speak about each other in public.
The star also partied with Jo Wood at new London burlesque club The Box.
In 2005, he had his first starring role as Ludovic Meyer in the film adaption of Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont, in which he starred opposite Joan Plowright.
In the same year, he portrayed Wickham in Joe Wright's version of Pride and Prejudice.
She may be nursing a broken heart after her five-year romance broke down but Keira Knightley seems determined to put on a brave face.
The star may be performing nightly in the West End adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour, but she is still finding time to have fun.