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“I’ve messed up everything”: Star Wars Actor Keira Knightley Was Stricken By Fear After Receiving A Strange Letter From The “Home Office”

Keira Knightley is an amazing actress on-screen, but she has an even better personality off-screen. A real-to-the-core and super down-to-earth celebrity, she always mesmerizes her audiences: be it just with her incredible presence or her exceptionally comedic stories. Just like the one time, she hilariously left her fans laughing like mad over something absurdly stupid.

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley

This goes back to when she received a letter from the ‘Home Office’. And since the Star Wars star had never gotten anything like that ever before, she found herself stricken with fear over it for two whole days thinking she messed up really bad – until she finally opened the envelope to find a stunning surprise inside of it!

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Keira Knightley Freaked Out After Getting A Letter With The Stamp ‘Home Office’ Over It

Keira Knightley was terror-stricken after getting an envelope from the Home Office
Keira Knightley was terror-stricken after getting an envelope from the Home Office

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Keira Knightley is a tremendous on-screen presence, agreed, but she also never ceases to amuse her fans. Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbertshe shared the time when she once freaked out after getting a letter from the ‘Home Office’ for something special. Explaining how she got it, she said,

“You get a letter and it looks absolutely terrifying because it’s got ‘Home Office’ stamped on it everywhere. And that’s part of the British government, the Home Office. It’s the scary bit. It’s like the really serious like serious bit. You’ve murdered someone, something horrific has happened.”

Genuinely petrified, the Pride and Prejudice star thought she messed everything up really badly.

“It came through the post and I thought, ‘I have really messed up my tax. I’ve messed up my tax and they’re gonna take the house and everything is awful and this is awful.'”

Confused and panic-stricken, Knightley even hid it from her husband because she didn’t know how to break it out to him. In fact, she didn’t open the letter for two whole days!


“I didn’t open it for two days because I was so panicking. I hid it from my husband, like, I don’t understand [what to do]. It was hidden; I literally hid it. Because I honestly thought, ‘How do I break this to him that we’re gonna lose and everything and I’ve just messed up everything?'”

So what did Keira Knightley end up doing with the strange letter that held a surprise for her (which she obviously was unaware of)?

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What The ‘Scary’ Letter Held In Store For Keira Knightly

Keira Knightley was awarded the honor of being an Officer of the British Empire
Keira Knightley was awarded the honor of being an Officer of the British Empire

However, after calming down a bit after two days, Keira Knightley realized that she actually needed to open the envelope to figure out what she did wrong. Continuing, she said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:


“I finally thought, ‘Okay, come on, I’m a mother. I need to, like, really open this envelope.’ And I opened it, and it was a prize!”

She then went on to explain the accolade that she was actually rewarded with. She said,

“I’m awarded something called an O.B.E., which means that I’m an Officer of the British Empire. I mean, I wasn’t actually aware that Britain still had an Empire, but it’s nice to be an officer of it anyway. [The award] is a tiny little Empire but I’m an officer.”

Not only this, but the Star Wars actress was also on the ‘Queen’s Birthday Honors List’ for Queen Elizabeth’s birthday event back in June 2018. Turns out Keira Knightley was endowed with a tremendous honor that she truly deserves!

Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert


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An all-things-good enthusiast, Mahin Sultan is a creative content writer for FandomWire. A bachelor of Commerce, she is fluent in English and has over 500+ articles in her portfolio. Besides being a foodie, she loves to write and spends her free time either with her nose buried in a good book or binge-watching K-dramas, anime, new movies, and TV serials (the awesome ones, obviously).