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Actress Keira Knightley attends the premiere of "The Imitation Game" at Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Keira Knightley (L) and James Righton attend an after party celebrating The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2014 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 7, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Keira Knightley is seen in Soho on November 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Keira Knightley is seen in Soho on November 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Keira Knightley is seen in Soho on November 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Keira Knightley poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Keira Knightley poses in the press room at the 18th annual Hollywood Film Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Keira Knightley (L) and producer Harvey Weinstein attend the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for DCP)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Actress Keira Knightley arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Keira Knightley attends a screening of 'The Imitation Game' on the opening night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Keira Knightley attends a screening of 'The Imitation Game' on the opening night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actress Keira Knightley attends the photocall for 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Corinthia Hotel London on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images For BFI)
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The entertainment industry is full of stars with unique names, including one of Hollywood's most celebrated leading ladies, Keira Knightley. As it turns out, "Keira" was never supposed to be her name.

In an interview with Elle UK, the Oscar-nominated star of The Imitation Game revealed that her name is spelling error made by her mother when she was born.

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"I was meant to be named 'Kiera,' after a Russian ice skater who was on the TV one day. My dad fancied her and nicked her name for me. But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled 'ei' instead of 'ie' because my mum's crap at spelling," the 29-year-old actress explained.

"Apparently, when she came back [my dad] said, 'What the f*ck? You've spelt her name wrong!' What were they going to do, though? Once it's on the piece of paper, it's on the piece of paper. And that's me. A spelling error."

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Hopefully, the Begin Again star won't make a similar mistake when she gives birth. Knightley announced in December that she and her husband, musician James Righton, are expecting their first child.

Keira's full interview in the March issue Elle UK hits stands Thursday.

Knightley talked with ET at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Jan. 15, and opened up about her Oscar gown plans. Check out the video below for more.

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