Keira Knightley


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While Star Wars may have been the pinnacle of a number of actor’s careers, it was a starting point for many others. Here are a few stars you might not have known had minor roles in the franchise.

Keira Knightley 

Perhaps the most famous person on the list to have a relatively unknown role in Star Wars.  Before she was swash-buckling her way through the Caribbean or even bending it like Beckham, the British actress played Sabé, Queen Amidala’s decoy queen. 

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Joel Edgerton 

You probably recognize Australian actor Joel Edgerton for his recent performance in Black Mass or for starring alongside Christian Bale in the Box Office flop Exodus Gods and Kings, but before that he briefly played Luke’s Uncle Owen in Episode’s II and III

Sofia Coppola 

Sophie Coppola

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Yes, before she realized her talents were better suited to behind the camera than in front of it, the daughter of Francis and director of acclaimed films such as Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette was still trying her hand at “acting“. Her screentime in Episode I was limited, thankfully. 

Rose Byrne 

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Along with Knightley and Coppola, Rose Byrne was another soon-to-be Hollywood star who can be seen peeking out from the background. The Australian actress, famous for her roles in Bridesmaids, Bad Neighbours and X-Men: First Class played Dorme in Episode II. 

Julian Glover 

Julian Glover

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You can be forgiven for not recognizing Julian without his beard and robes. The man who is now most famous for his role as the mischievous Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones played General Veers in The Empire Strike Back. The British actor seems to have developed a knack for playing the bad guy over the years, starring alongside Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only amongst others. 

Richard Armitage 

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Yes, Richard Armitage, the man who played the moody dwarf King Thorin in The Hobbit trilogy had one of his first ever roles in The Phantom Menace, playing an unnamed Naboo Fighter Pilot. Pause it at 3:04 to see him lingering in the background. 

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