London, Aug 2 : Giving up the chance to attend university for a film career has left English actress Keira Knightley with a "chip on her shoulder".
Knightley's performance, as some of the most famous heroines in literature, has been widely praised by critics, but the actress still feels that missing out on university has left her with a lack of education.
"I am completely uneducated," Daily Telegraph quoted Knightley, 23, as saying.
"Not going to university did give me an incredible driving force because it leaves you with a slight chip on your shoulder. It makes me feel I am going to read absolutely everything so I can prove that I am not stupid," she said.
In order to show that she means every word, she has a list of books that she is currently reading, and they include a biography of Albert Speer, a history of the Vietnam War, the treatises of Mary Wollstonecraft and Germaine Greer's feminist text The Female Eunuch.
But it would seem lacking a degree is not the only problem Knightley is facing, the actress was diagnosed with dyslexia aged six and as a result can read only very slowly, she told Tatler magazine.
The actress had dropped out of school at 17, before taking her A-levels, after landing her breakthrough role as Lara in a television adaptation of Doctor Zhivago.