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    Phoebe Dynevor's Acting On "Bridgerton" Gives Me Major Keira Knightley Vibes

    Just waiting for her to play an "Elizabeth."

    For nearly a decade, Keira Knightley has reigned supreme as the queen of period pieces. The Duchess, Pride and Prejudice, Colette, Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement — the list goes on and on.

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    And while many young actors have attempted to take her spot over the years (I'm looking at you Saoirse Ronan and Anya Taylor-Joy), no one has quite been able to captivate the audiences in the same way. No one that is, until now.

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    Enter Phoebe Dynevor.

    When Phoebe Dynevor first stepped on screen as the pure-hearted, charmingly witty Daphne Bridgerton, my first thought was how much she reminds me of Keira Knightley.

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    I'm talking looks, speech, line delivery and mannerisms.

    Keira has always had this way of embodying the essence of a woman from each time period her characters have existed in, and her acting method relies heavily on prolonged eye contact, a slight curl of the lip and a subtle tilt of the head — all cues Phoebe has clearly picked up on.

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    Phoebe is particularly fond of prolonged eye contact.

    Here's Pheobe bowing submissively, and then widening her eyes to convey curiosity and the innocence of youth.

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    And in that head piece, that's an accomplishment.

    All of these looks of endearment and sincerity scream Keira Knightley.

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    Her eyebrows have seen things we will never understand.

    Oop, here's another one.

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    And her eyes are like bulging with emotion.

    I feel like the tension in her neck muscles alone could win an Emmy.

    It's particularly prominent in scenes where she's taken aback by a ~suitor.

    And on that same note, so could her deep breaths while wearing a corset — another characteristic Keira frequently adopts when portraying a character in distress.

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    If you aren't deeply breathing in a corset while staring into the eyes of your lover are you even in a period drama?

    A young woman staring pensively through the window of a carriage as she debates her future role in society? That's every Keira Knightley movie.

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    Pretty sure this was one of Elizabeth's first scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean.

    And don't tell me you watched THIS scene in Bridgerton...

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    Without thinking of this iconic moment.

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    Period pieces love a good love confession in the rain moment.

    An impassioned speech about feminism and a woman's role in society is also a Keira Knightley staple.

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    Keira always plays a strong woman and she never fails to remind her male counterparts of her disadvantages.

    Maybe this is a stretch, but the way Phoebe emphasizes certain words like "hope" and "moment" and "marriage"... if I closed my eyes I would think Keira was on-screen.

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    Also, this scene where Daphne is forced to use her strong wit to save the man she loves gives me major Anna Karenina vibes.

    In no way am I suggesting that Phoebe should start getting Keira's future roles, by the way! I am just baffled by their similarities.

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    I wish them both continued success.

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