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Keira Knightley, Tom Hardy and 28 Other Actors You Probably Didn't Know Were in 'Star Wars' Movies (Photos)
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The "Star Wars" franchise -- now four decades young -- is full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeup. Here are 30 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about.

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John Ratzenberger ("The Empire Strikes Back") Ratzenberger is best remembered as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin from "Cheers," or maybe his numerous voice roles in Pixar movies. In "The Empire Strikes Back," Ratzenberger is one of the Rebel officers hanging around Echo Base on Hoth with Princess Leia and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).

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Treat Williams ("The Empire Strikes Back") When you're Treat Williams, you can wander onto the set of "The Empire Strikes Back" and find yourself in the movie. Williams reportedly dropped by England's Elstree Studios set, where the movie was being filmed, to visit Carrie Fisher. Apparently one thing led to another, and now Williams plays one of the Rebel troops running around Echo Base on Hoth.

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Julian Glover ("The Empire Strikes Back") Julian Glover's General Veers is probably the most competent officer available to Darth Vader as wanders the galaxy looking for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. He'd be decidedly less competent as Grand Maester Pycelle on "Game of Thrones," but decidedly more evil as Nazi collaborator Walter Donovan in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (you know -- the guy who ages super fast after drinking from the wrong grail).

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Tony Cox ("Return of the Jedi") In an Ewok suit, you'd never know Tony Cox appeared in "Return of the Jedi." He wouldn't really show off his acting chops until later when he was stealing scenes all over comedies like "Bad Santa," where he was Billy Bob Thornton's much-smarter mall-robbing accomplice/Christmas elf, and "Me, Myself and Irene."

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Deep Roy ("Return of the Jedi") It's easiest to remember Deep Roy in the Johnny Depp-starring "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," since Roy played every orange oompa-loompa in that movie. In "Return of the Jedi," he was both an Ewok and the puffy alien band member Droopy McCool in Jabba's Palace. Deep Roy also worked on "The Empire Strikes Back," acting as a stand-in for the muppet Yoda.

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Keira Knightley (The Phantom Menace) Knightley wasnt just any handmaiden in The Phantom Menace she was the handmaiden. Serving as the decoy for the real queen, Knightley was the actress people thought was Amidala for half the movie, before Natalie Portmans Padme revealed her true identity.

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Peter Serafinowicz ("The Phantom Menace") Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will recognize Peter Seafinowicz for his turn as untrusting Nova Corps officer Garthan Saal in "Guardians of the Galaxy." He didn't appear in "The Phantom Menace," but provided the gravely, frightening voice of Darth Maul (the rest of whom was played by Ray Park), as well as for a gungan warrior and a battle droid.

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Dominic West ("The Phantom Menace") The prequel trilogy was filled with actors who would go on to do great things, but who were mostly filling small or background roles in the "Star Wars" universe. Dominic West's character in "The Phantom Menace" was an otherwise nondescript member of Queen Amidala's palace guard -- nothing so interesting as his later turn as Jimmy McNulty on HBO's "The Wire."

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Sofia Coppola (The Phantom Menace) There really were a mess of these handmaidens. Before she was a full-time director, Sofia Coppola picked up a few small acting gigs, including the handmaiden Sache in The Phantom Menace. Just a few years after the 1999 movie, in 2003, Coppola would pick up a Best Director Academy Award nomination for Lost in Translation.

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Sally Hawkins ("The Phantom Menace") Before she was an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in "Blue Jasmine," Sally Hawkins was an extra in the giant celebration scene in "The Phantom Menace." She admitted in an interview with Conan O'Brien that she'd never actually seen the movie, despite being in it.

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Richard Armitage ("The Phantom Menace") Blink and you'd miss Richard Armitage's small background role (second from the right in the background) among the guards on Naboo. Although, it's tough to recognize him without the lustrous locks Armitage sported in "The Hobbit" as Thorin Oakenshield, or the creepy teeth from his turn as killer Francis Dolarhyde in "Hannibal" Season 3 on NBC.

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Rose Byrne (Attack of the Clones) Before she was a mainstay of the Insidious movies alongside Patrick Wilson or had joined the X-Men franchise as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne was one of the handmaidens serving Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the Star Wars prequels. Specifically, she was Dorme, who accompanied Padme to Coruscant to do government things.

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Martin Csokas ("Attack of the Clones") The "Star Wars" movies have slipped a few notable actors into the voice roles of aliens. Martin Csokas is one -- he provided the voice of the Geonosian alien Poggle the Lesser in "Attack of the Clones." Fantasy fans probably know him better as the elf Celeborn, husband to Cate Blanchett's Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings." For more features and deep dives into the world of "Star Wars" and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDb's "Star Wars" hub. joel edgerton star wars attack of the clones revenge of the sith uncle owen lars

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Joel Edgerton (Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith) Lukes moisture-farming, humorless uncle Owen Lars was young once, but he was never not a guy who stood around a crappy homestead on Tatooine. In the prequel movies, the role was picked up by Joel Edgerton of Loving and The Great Gatsby.

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Bai Ling ("Revenge of the Sith") Bai Ling actually doesn't appear in "Revenge of the Sith," but she was supposed to. Her scene as Senator Bana Breemu was cut from the film. But there are things you definitely have seen her in, including "Crank: High Voltage," "The Crow" and "Entourage."

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Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Revenge of the Sith") Sometime after Padme's term as queen had ended by "Revenge of the Sith," the wise people of Naboo apparently elected another teenager queen: Queen Apailana, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. Apailana is seen at Padme's funeral, and Castle-Hughes is known for "The Whale Rider" and appearing on "The Walking Dead."

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Simon Pegg (The Force Awakens) Another secret cameo, Pegg is covered in alien costume work as the junk dealer Unkar Plutt on Jakku. Hes the guy who gives Rei less than what her salvage is probably worth.

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Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (The Force Awakens) Youd think the last thing a droid like BB-8 would require is a voice, given that hes a robot and speaks in bleeps and bloops. But to get the sound and personality just right, director J.J. Abrams enlisted comedians Bill Hader (formerly of SNL) and Ben Schwartz (well-known for playing Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Rec).

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Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Force Awakens) Game of Thrones might have noticed a familiar First Order officer during shots of the bridge of the Starkiller Base. It was Jojen Reed, Bran Starks loyal friend, who also plays Newt in the Maze Runner franchise.

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Daniel Craig (The Force Awakens) It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first Star Wars film in a decade as a stormtrooper. Hes the guard that Rei manages to Jedi mind trick into releasing her.

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Billie Lourd (The Force Awakens) Billie Lourd sneaked into Lucasfilms revival of Star Wars as Lt. Connix, one of the Resistance fighters running tactical machinery in the base of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Known for her hilarious turn as Chanel No. 3 on the horror-comedy series Scream Queens, shes also Fishers daughter.

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Harriet Walter ("The Force Awakens") Playing a Resistance medic who helps out Chewbacca, "Downton Abbey" alumna Harriet Walter gets a short but sweet cameo in "The Force Awakens." She actually has one of the movie's funnier moments as she talks to Chewie about how scary his ordeal must have been.

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Rian Johnson ("Rogue One") The director of 2017's "The Last Jedi" actually made a cameo in 2016's "Rogue One" along with producer Ram Bergman as members of the gunner crew of the Death Star.

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Justin Theroux ("The Last Jedi") Casting "The Leftovers" star Justin Theroux as the unnamed super-great slicer Finn and Rose are looking for is a fun cameo that winds up being a misdirection and a fun joke. Instead, the pair find Benicio del Toro's DJ to take over the job.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Last Jedi") Director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt collaborated on the 2005 movie "Brick," the director's first feature-length movie. JGL makes the most of their friendship by voicing an alien in the "Star Wars" universe called Slowen Lo, a riff on the Beastie Boys song "Slow & Low." He's the guy who's really upset about Finn and Rose's bad parking job.

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Tom Hardy ("The Last Jedi") Taking a page from Daniel Craig's cameo in "The Force Awakens," Tom Hardy grabbed a stormtrooper uniform to appear in "The Last Jedi." His scene (which also featured Princes William and Harry) was deleted, unfortunately, but it finds him in an elevator with an incognito Finn, Rose and DJ as they sneak around the First Order ship midway through the movie. Hardy's trooper recognizes Finn and congratulates him on the promotion his uniform suggests, even giving him a supportive smack on the butt.

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Ralph Ineson ("The Last Jedi") Another famous face appearing in the deleted sequence aboard the First Order ship is Ralph Ineson, star of "The Witch." He plays an officer who immediately recognizes that Finn and Rose don't belong. He pops up later with a detachment of stormtroopers to catch the impostors for real.

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Gareth Edwards ("The Last Jedi") Edwards gave Rian Johnson a cameo in "Rogue One," so the director repaid the favor by making Edwards one of the Resistance troopers standing their ground on Crait. He's the guy who looks incredulously at the trooper who decided to taste the ground.

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Clint Howard ("Solo") Director Ron Howard's brother Clint is a well-known actor whose career goes all the back to the original "Star Trek" series. He pops up in a cameo role, as seen in this photo from his Twitter account, as a particularly mean guy in "Solo" who runs a droid fighting pit -- and gets a rough talking to by Lando's droid companion, L3.

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Jon Favreau ("Solo") The "Iron Man" director (who also plays Happy Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and star of "Swingers" doesn't fully appear in "Solo," but his voice does -- he plays Rio Durant, the multi-armed member of Tobias Beckett's crew. Favreau gets to be the jokey member of the heist crew in the movie and acts as pilot, despite Han complaining that he wants the job.


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Keira Knightley, Tom Hardy and 28 Other Actors You Probably Didnt Know Were in Star Wars Movies (Photos)

The Star Wars franchise now 40 years young is full of secret cameos, soon-to-be-famous actors in small bit parts, and well-known faces behind alien masks and makeup. Here are 30 big names hidden throughout the franchise you might not have known about.

For more features and deep dives into the world of Star Wars and the culture surrounding it, be sure to check out IMDbs Star Wars hub.

John Ratzenberger (The Empire Strikes Back)

Ratzenberger is best remembered as know-it-all postman Cliff Clavin from Cheers, or maybe his numerous voice roles in Pixar movies. In The Empire Strikes Back, Ratzenberger is one of the Rebel officers hanging around Echo Base on Hoth with Princess Leia and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).

Treat Williams (The Empire Strikes Back)

When youre Treat Williams, you can wander onto the set of The Empire Strikes Back and find yourself in the movie. Williams reportedly dropped by Englands Elstree Studios set, where the movie was being filmed, to visit Carrie Fisher. Apparently one thing led to another, and now Williams plays one of the Rebel troops running around Echo Base on Hoth.

Julian Glover (The Empire Strikes Back)

Julian Glovers General Veers is probably the most competent officer available to Darth Vader as wanders the galaxy looking for the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. Hed be decidedly less competent as Grand Maester Pycelle on Game of Thrones, but decidedly more evil as Nazi collaborator Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (you know the guy who ages super fast after drinking from the wrong grail).

Tony Cox (Return of the Jedi)

In an Ewok suit, youd never know Tony Cox appeared in Return of the Jedi. He wouldnt really show off his acting chops until later when he was stealing scenes all over comedies like Bad Santa, where he was Billy Bob Thorntons much-smarter mall-robbing accomplice/Christmas elf, and Me, Myself and Irene.

Deep Roy (Return of the Jedi)

Its easiest to remember Deep Roy in the Johnny Depp-starring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, since Roy played every orange oompa-loompa in that movie. In Return of the Jedi, he was both an Ewok and the puffy alien band member Droopy McCool in Jabbas Palace. Deep Roy also worked on The Empire Strikes Back, acting as a stand-in for the muppet Yoda.

Keira Knightley (The Phantom Menace)

Knightley wasnt just any handmaiden in The Phantom Menace she was the handmaiden. Serving as the decoy for the real queen, Knightley was the actress people thought was Amidala for half the movie, before Natalie Portmans Padme revealed her true identity.

Peter Serafinowicz (The Phantom Menace)

Marvel Cinematic Universe fans will recognize Peter Seafinowicz for his turn as untrusting Nova Corps officer Garthan Saal in Guardians of the Galaxy. He didnt appear in The Phantom Menace, but provided the gravely, frightening voice of Darth Maul (the rest of whom was played by Ray Park), as well as for a gungan warrior and a battle droid.

Dominic West (The Phantom Menace)

The prequel trilogy was filled with actors who would go on to do great things, but who were mostly filling small or background roles in the Star Wars universe. Dominic Wests character in The Phantom Menace was an otherwise nondescript member of Queen Amidalas palace guard nothing so interesting as his later turn as Jimmy McNulty on HBOs The Wire.

Sofia Coppola (The Phantom Menace)

There really were a mess of these handmaidens. Before she was a full-time director, Sofia Coppola picked up a few small acting gigs, including the handmaiden Sache in The Phantom Menace. Just a few years after the 1999 movie, in 2003, Coppola would pick up a Best Director Academy Award nomination for Lost in Translation.

Sally Hawkins (The Phantom Menace)

Before she was an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in Blue Jasmine, Sally Hawkins was an extra in the giant celebration scene in The Phantom Menace. She admitted in an interview with Conan OBrien that shed never actually seen the movie, despite being in it.

Richard Armitage (The Phantom Menace)

Blink and youd miss Richard Armitages small background role (second from the right in the background) among the guards on Naboo. Although, its tough to recognize him without the lustrous locks Armitage sported in The Hobbit as Thorin Oakenshield, or the creepy teeth from his turn as killer Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal Season 3 on NBC.

Rose Byrne (Attack of the Clones)

Before she was a mainstay of the Insidious movies alongside Patrick Wilson or had joined the X-Men franchise as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert, Rose Byrne was one of the handmaidens serving Queen Amidala (Natalie Portman) in the Star Wars prequels. Specifically, she was Dorme, who accompanied Padme to Coruscant to do government things.

Martin Csokas (Attack of the Clones)

The Star Wars movies have slipped a few notable actors into the voice roles of aliens. Martin Csokas is one he provided the voice of the Geonosian alien Poggle the Lesser in Attack of the Clones. Fantasy fans probably know him better as the elf Celeborn, husband to Cate Blanchetts Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings.

Joel Edgerton (Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith)

Lukes moisture-farming, humorless uncle Owen Lars was young once, but he was never not a guy who stood around a crappy homestead on Tatooine. In the prequel movies, the role was picked up by Joel Edgerton of Loving and The Great Gatsby.

Bai Ling (Revenge of the Sith)

Bai Ling actually doesnt appear in Revenge of the Sith, but she was supposed to. Her scene as Senator Bana Breemu was cut from the film. But there are things you definitely have seen her in, including Crank: High Voltage, The Crow and Entourage.

Keisha Castle-Hughes (Revenge of the Sith)

Sometime after Padmes term as queen had ended by Revenge of the Sith, the wise people of Naboo apparently elected another teenager queen: Queen Apailana, played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. Apailana is seen at Padmes funeral, and Castle-Hughes is known for The Whale Rider and appearing on The Walking Dead.

Simon Pegg (The Force Awakens)

Another secret cameo, Pegg is covered in alien costume work as the junk dealer Unkar Plutt on Jakku. Hes the guy who gives Rei less than what her salvage is probably worth.

Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz (The Force Awakens)

Youd think the last thing a droid like BB-8 would require is a voice, given that hes a robot and speaks in bleeps and bloops. But to get the sound and personality just right, director J.J. Abrams enlisted comedians Bill Hader (formerly of SNL) and Ben Schwartz (well-known for playing Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Rec).

Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Force Awakens)

Game of Thrones might have noticed a familiar First Order officer during shots of the bridge of the Starkiller Base. It was Jojen Reed, Bran Starks loyal friend, who also plays Newt in the Maze Runner franchise.

Daniel Craig (The Force Awakens)

It was something of a news item at the time, but James Bond slipped in a secret cameo in the first Star Wars film in a decade as a stormtrooper. Hes the guard that Rei manages to Jedi mind trick into releasing her.

Billie Lourd (The Force Awakens)

Billie Lourd sneaked into Lucasfilms revival of Star Wars as Lt. Connix, one of the Resistance fighters running tactical machinery in the base of General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). Known for her hilarious turn as Chanel No. 3 on the horror-comedy series Scream Queens, shes also Fishers daughter.

Harriet Walter (The Force Awakens)

Playing a Resistance medic who helps out Chewbacca, Downton Abbey alumna Harriet Walter gets a short but sweet cameo in The Force Awakens. She actually has one of the movies funnier moments as she talks to Chewie about how scary his ordeal must have been.

Rian Johnson (Rogue One)

The director of 2017s The Last Jedi actually made a cameo in 2016s Rogue One along with producer Ram Bergman as members of the gunner crew of the Death Star.

Justin Theroux (The Last Jedi)

Casting The Leftovers star Justin Theroux as the unnamed super-great slicer Finn and Rose are looking for is a fun cameo that winds up being a misdirection and a fun joke. Instead, the pair find Benicio del Toros DJ to take over the job.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Last Jedi)

Director Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt collaborated on the 2005 movie Brick, the directors first feature-length movie. JGL makes the most of their friendship by voicing an alien in the Star Wars universe called Slowen Lo, a riff on the Beastie Boys song Slow & Low. Hes the guy whos really upset about Finn and Roses bad parking job.

Tom Hardy (The Last Jedi)

Taking a page from Daniel Craigs cameo in The Force Awakens, Tom Hardy grabbed a stormtrooper uniform to appear in The Last Jedi. His scene (which also featured Princes William and Harry) was deleted, unfortunately, but it finds him in an elevator with an incognito Finn, Rose and DJ as they sneak around the First Order ship midway through the movie. Hardys trooper recognizes Finn and congratulates him on the promotion his uniform suggests, even giving him a supportive smack on the butt.

Ralph Ineson (The Last Jedi)

Another famous face appearing in the deleted sequence aboard the First Order ship is Ralph Ineson, star of The Witch. He plays an officer who immediately recognizes that Finn and Rose dont belong. He pops up later with a detachment of stormtroopers to catch the impostors for real.

Gareth Edwards (The Last Jedi)

Edwards gave Rian Johnson a cameo in Rogue One, so the director repaid the favor by making Edwards one of the Resistance troopers standing their ground on Crait. Hes the guy who looks incredulously at the trooper who decided to taste the ground.

Clint Howard (Solo)

Director Ron Howards brother Clint is a well-known actor whose career goes all the back to the original Star Trek series. He pops up in a cameo role, as seen in this photo from his Twitter account, as a particularly mean guy in Solo who runs a droid fighting pit and gets a rough talking to by Landos droid companion, L3.

Jon Favreau (Solo)

The Iron Man director and star of Swingers doesnt appear in Solo, but his voice does he plays Rio Durant, the multi-armed member of Tobias Becketts crew. Favreau gets to be the jokey member of the heist crew in the movie and acts as pilot, despite Han complaining that he wants the job.

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[Source] "One of the hardest roles to cast was that of Sabe, the handmaiden that fills in for the Queen when she is in hiding. Originally we were going to use a stand-in, but that was before we found a girl by the name of Keira Knightley." ?Robin Gurland, Episode I Casting Director[src]

Keira Knightley (born March 26, 1985) played Queen Amidala's handmaiden Sabe in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace at the age of twelve during August 1997 at Leavesden Film Studios, England. The completed film was released two years later in the Summer of 1999, when Knightley was fourteen years old.

Keira Knightley is credited in the film's end credits as "Kiera Knightley," which is the standard spelling of the name. However, the actress's mother, Sharman McDonald, unintentionally misspelled her daughter's name with the "e" before the "i" during her birth registration in 1985.[1]

Knightley was chosen to play Queen Amidala's decoy in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace because of her close resemblance to Natalie Portman, who played the Queen. Many people (including their mothers) had trouble telling them apart during the filming of The Phantom Menace.[2] Her voice was dubbed over with Natalie Portman's voice after filming; Natalie recorded both the Amidala and Sabe voices in post-production.

Knightley also played alongside several Star Wars co-stars, such as Adrian Dunbar (Bail Antilles) in the 1995 thriller film Innocent Lies and Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn) in the 2003 film Love Actually. In 2004, she shared screen with Joel Edgerton (Owen Lars in Episode II and Episode III), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Walton Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Ray Stevenson (Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels) in the film King Arthur.

Knightley was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 2005 for her role in Pride and Prejudice. In 2007, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award and another Golden Globe Award for her role in Atonement. She is well-known for her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

In April 2006, Knightley officially became the new face of Chanel's perfume Coco Mademoiselle.[3]

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17 famous actors you never knew were in Star Wars

When George Lucas was casting for Star Wars he auditioned nearly every up-and-coming starlet in Hollywood.

Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Kurt Russell, Sissy Spacek, all passed through his audition room before he eventually plumped for Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and a carpenter named Harrison Ford.

Those actors went on to achieve superstardom thanks to Lucas, but they werent the only icons to feature in the Star Wars films.

Heres some thespians you never realised journeyed to that galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

Keira Knightley Sabe

Before she shot to fame in Bend It Like Beckham Keira Knightley had a minor role in Phantom Menace. She plays Amidalas decoy Sabe, who is outed as a double to Natalie Portmans character when meeting with Boss Nass.

Celia Imrie Bravo 5

A stalwart of British film and television, Celia Imrie is fondly remembered for her appearances opposite Victoria Wood in shows like Dinnerladies and Acorn Antiques. She played a Naboo pilot in Phantom Menace, the first female fighter pilot seen on-screen in the Star Wars films.

Dominic West Palace Guard

Before he was Detective Jimmy McNulty in The Wire, Dominic West played another law enforcer of sorts in Phantom Menace. He played a Palace Guard on Naboo, but you have to be sharp to spot him.

Sofia Coppola Sache

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Shes more commonly-known as a film director nowadays, but did you spot her in Episode I? Her father Francis is a good friend of George Lucas, so when she visited the set, Lucas found her a costume and popped her into a scene as one of Padmes handmaidens.

Peter Serafinowicz Darth Maul (voice)

The actor/comedian lent his sultry tones to the tattooed Sith in Phantom Menace around the same time he was appearing in Edgar Wrights sitcom Spaced opposite Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. He only had a few lines and says it was one of the worst-paying jobs hed ever done.

Richard Armitage Naboo Fighter Pilot

Youll know him from TVs Spooks or as Thorin, the warrior dwarf in The Hobbit films, but you may not have realised he was in Star Wars too. He played a nondescript fighter pilot in Phantom Menace in one of his first screen roles.

Ralph Brown Ric Olle

He played Danny, the Camberwell Carrot-rolling drug dealer in Withnail and I along with countless TV and film roles over the years, but you can also see him as Naboo military man in Episode I.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Rose Byrne Dorme

Keira Knightley isnt the only megastar to play handmaiden to Natalie Portmans Padme. In Episode II, Aussie actress Rose Byrne of Bridesmaids and Bad Neighbours fame, played loyal servant Dorme in a few early scenes.

Joel Edgerton Owen Lars

Principal photography for Episodes II & III took place in Australia, so its no surprise that its packed with upcoming Antipodean stars like Edgerton. He plays Lukes future adoptive parent Uncle Owen, but is now better known for his roles in Warrior and The Great Gatsby.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Bai Ling Senator Bana Breemu

Although most of her scenes were cut from Episode III (some say Lucas excised her from the film after she posed nude in Playboy), you can still see the Chinese-American star on the Blu-ray extras. You may recognise her from the crazy Jason Statham action sequel Crank: High Voltage.

'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope'

Jack Purvis - Chief Jawa/Chief Ugnaught/Teebo

Best known as Wally in Time Bandits and Gustavus in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the diminutive actor actually made his film debut in Star Wars as the Chief Jawa, hidden under a costume. He also returned to play different roles in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

'Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back'

Julian Glover General Veers

Youll instantly recognise veteran actor Julian Glover as the bumbling Grand Maester Pycelle in HBOs Game of Thrones, but did you know he also played the imperial commander who leads the raid on Hoth at the beginning of Empire Strikes Back?

Michael Sheard Admiral Ozzel

Sheard struck fear into the hearts of children across the country playing the tyrannical Mr Bronson in Grange Hill between 1985-1989 and he also played Admiral Ozzel, the imperial leader force-choked by Vader for alerting the rebels to their presence on Hoth.

Deep Roy Yoda/Droopy McCool

Indian actor Deep Roy was drafted in to play Yoda in an uncredited role for the wide shots which show the ancient Jedi master walking. He also played Droopy McCool in Return of the Jedi, but youll probably know him best for playing ALL the Oompa Loompas in Tim Burtons Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Christopher Malcolm Rogue 2

Instantly identifiable as Justin, the gay American father of Saffron in sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, Christopher Malcolm can also be spotted under the distinctive rebel helmet of Rogue 2.

Read more: The Daft Extras Who Nearly Ruined Their Films

John Ratzenberger Major Derlin

Everyone knows him as Cliff from Cheers and kids will recognise his voice from Pixar films (hes the studios mascot, appearing in all their films), but you may not have spotted him playing a rebel commander on the Hoth base.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Tony Cox Ewok

George Lucas employed countless small actors to fulfill the huge cast of Ewoks required for the films climactic scene, including Tony Cox who is probably best-known as Marcus the foul-mouthed dwarf in Bad Santa.

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