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Keira Knightley, Rupert Friend

One of Britain’s most gorgeous and talented celebrity couples – actors Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend – have split, Keira’s father has confirmed to The Sun. “Yes, they have broken up,” Will Knightley told the paper. “But that’s the way things go, unfortunately. The only option is to get on with things.” The break-up reportedly took place before Christmas.

The pair had been together five years, meeting on the set of the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, for which Keira was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

Keira and Rupert have both kept up busy careers during their very public romance. Knightley has appeared in two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels and re-teamed with Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright for another literary adaptation, Atonement. She also starred in this past fall’s Never Let Me Go with Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, and, just yesterday, it was reported that she’s up for a big role in the next Batman sequel.

In early 2010, she was nominated for an Olivier, the British Tony Award, for her West End stage debut in The Misanthrope, and there’s word she could return to the stage.

Friend has had parts in several films, most notably as Prince Albert opposite Emily Blunt‘s Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria and in the title role opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in Chéri.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.