Hollywood actress Keira Knightley's early career was fraught with difficulty, as dyslexia made it impossible for her to learn lines.

The Pride And Prejudice beauty was so desperate to act she worked painstakingly through the problem, and by the tender age of 11 had worked so hard she could read scripts without a fault.

She says, "I remember going in for an audition when I was eight, and it was the most excruciating experience because I couldn't read my lines.

"My desire to act was my driving force. I got really good help from some amazing teachers and my mother and father worked tirelessly with me, so by the time I was 11 I had kind of overcome the dyslexia and now it's not really a problem. I don't notice it any more."