By ALASDAIR GLENNIE and SARAH BULL
The lady is a vamp: Keira Knightly smoulders in a provocative new shoot for GQ magazine
It is a dramatic departure from her usual image as the quintessential English rose.
Keira Knightley, more commonly seen in the bonnets and bustles of period dramas, poses provocatively in a series of outfits that leave little to the imagination.
The actress wears nothing more than a low-cut jumper, high heels and blood red lipstick in one shot, while in another, she shows off her long legs as she reclines on a chaise longue in a 1950s-style swimming costume.
Leggy lady: Keira shows off her enviable figure in the sexy new shots, which see her wear very little
Another of the images, which will appear in the March issue of GQ magazine, shows the 26-year-old modelling a tasselled black jacket as she runs her fingers through her hair.
Perhaps Miss Knightley was getting into the spirit of her latest role in A Dangerous Method, which she almost turned down after telling director David Cronenberg that some scenes were too risque.
She told an interviewer: 'I said, I love you, I love the script. But I don’t think it’s something I can do, so I might have to turn it down.
'Once he said he didn’t want it to be sexy or voyeuristic, and as soon as I got my head around the S&M mentality, I said, "Okay, let’s do it".'
Posing up: The actress is seen staring sexily into the camera as she shows off her figure in the shots
Miss Knightley also spoke about how different the perceptions are of her in both America and her home country. She explained: 'The Americans are generally a lot more supportive. They generally like the work a lot more than they do here. It is what it is, I suppose. It could just be that I’m not to a lot of people’s tastes. Which is fine.
'Well it’s not, obviously. You want to be to everyone’s taste... But. I think it’s better to do your own thing rather than try to please everyone and just be this mushy thing in the middle..
The full interview appears in the March issue of GQ magazine
Miss Knightley also revealed to GQ that she read the work of Jung and Sigmund Freud while researching her latest role. She said: ‘I vaguely knew it was about sex and blaming your parents. Apart from that I had no idea.
'So I had to do quite a lot of research to understand what they were talking about and understand where [Sabina] was coming from and the nature of the illness that she had.' The film, which has its UK premiere tonight, tells the story of a love affair between Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung and his beautiful patient Sabina Spielrein, played by Miss Knightley.
The full interview appears in the March issue of GQ magazine, out on Thursday 2nd February.
Screen star: Keira stars as Sabina Spielrein in new movie A Dangerous Method, who has an affair with Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung