LATEST: Keira Knightley's ex-boyfriend Jamie Dornan has confirmed rumours the couple split last week (ends05AUG05), but insists they remain firm friends.

The English actress and Irish model dated for nearly two years, but ended their relationship after their increasingly busy schedules made it difficult for them to see each other.

Dornan's representative says, "Keira and Jamie have decided to call a halt to their relationship in its current phase but they remain completely committed to each other as friends and will continue to see each other in this capacity."