Riley Keough

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Riley Keough
Riley Keough Cannes 2016.jpg
Born Danielle Riley Keough
(1989-05-29) May 29, 1989 (age 27)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2010–present
Spouse(s) Ben Smith-Petersen (m. 2015)

Danielle Riley Keough (/ˈk/ KEE-oh; born May 29, 1989)[1] is an American actress. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley with Danny Keough, and the eldest grandchild of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. She is best known for her roles in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)[2] and Andrea Arnold's American Honey (2016),[3] the latter of which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.[4]

Early life[edit]

Keough was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley and musician Danny Keough.[1] She is the eldest grandchild of singer and actor Elvis Presley and actress and businesswoman Priscilla Presley.[5][6] She has one brother, Benjamin Storm Keough, and two half-sisters, twins Harper and Finley, from her mother's marriage to Michael Lockwood.[7]


In 2010 at the age of 20, Keough made her film debut in The Runaways based on the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name.[8] Keough portrayed the role of Marie Currie, the sister to Cherie Currie, the band's lead singer, portrayed by Dakota Fanning. The film also starred Kristen Stewart and Tatum O'Neal and premiered in 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival to favorable reviews.[9]

In April 2011, Keough starred as the female lead in the drama The Good Doctor alongside Orlando Bloom and Taraji P. Henson.[10] Keough portrayed Diane Nixon, a young patient with a kidney infection who's kept ill in order to make her doctor gain the respect he craves. The film received mixed reviews from critics.[11] In May 2010, she replaced actress Olivia Thirlby as the protagonist in the werewolf drama Jack & Diane alongside Juno Temple who portrays her lesbian love interest.[12] Filming took place in New York City, and in May 2011 Magnolia Pictures picked up the film for distribution[13] was released in November 2012.[14]

In September 2011, Keough joined the Steven Soderbergh film Magic Mike, alongside Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer, about a group of male strippers. Keough portrayed the role of Nora, a young stripper. The film was released in June 2012.[15]

Keough co-starred in the independent drama Yellow, alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Wilson and David Morse.[16] On August 4, 2013, the Australian fashion brand Bonds announced that Keough had been signed as "Summer 2013 ambassador".[17][18] In October 2013, Keough co-starred in the video for Justin Timberlake's "TKO", portraying a bitter girlfriend who knocks out Timberlake and ties him to the back of a pick-up truck, proceeding to drag him through the desert and throw him off a cliff.[19]

Keough appeared in director So Yong Kim’s short film Spark and Light commissioned by fashion brand Miu Miu in 2014.[20] Keough co-starred in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Mad Max series,[21] opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.[22] The film was released in May 2015 to critical acclaim receiving numerous Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.[23]

On September 22, 2014, Keough was announced as the lead role in the TV series The Girlfriend Experience, based on the film of the same name from director Steven Soderbergh.[24] The series was issued a 13-episode order and premiered on Starz on April 10, 2016.[25] Her performance in The Girlfriend Experience has garnered rave reviews and awards buzz from critics.[26][27][28][29]

In 2016, Keogh appeared in Andrea Arnold's film American Honey, alongside Shia Laboeuf. The film premiered in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize.[30][31]

Keough will next appear in The Discovery directed by Charlie McDowell, set to be released in 2017 on Netflix.[32][33] She will also appear in Justin Kelly's untitled upcoming film opposite Abbey Lee and Caleb Landry Jones.[34] Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky,[35] and It Comes at Night opposite Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, directed by Trey Edward Shults.[36]

Personal life[edit]

She was formerly in a relationship with actor Alex Pettyfer, to whom she was briefly engaged.[37] On August 14, 2014, Keough announced her engagement to stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen, whom she met in 2012 while filming Mad Max: Fury Road.[38] They married on February 4, 2015, in Napa, California.[39]



Keough at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival premiere of American Honey with the cast and crew
Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Runaways Marie Currie
2011 The Good Doctor Diane Nixon
2011 Jack & Diane Jack
2012 Magic Mike Nora
2012 Yellow Young Amanda
2012 Kiss of the Damned Anne
2013 Madame Le Chat Kooky Short film
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Capable
2015 Dixieland Rachel
2016 Lovesong Sarah
2016 American Honey Krystal
2017 We Don't Belong Here Elisa Green In post-production
2017 The Discovery Lacey In post-production
2017 Welcome The Stranger Misty In post-production
2017 Logan Lucky Mellie Logan In post-production
2017 It Comes at Night In post-production
2017 Under the Silver Lake Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Girlfriend Experience, TheThe Girlfriend Experience Christine Reade Lead role


Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Milano Film Festival Best Supporting Actress The Good Doctor Nominated [40]


  1. ^ a b Green, Michelle; Armstrong, Lois; Hoover, Eleanor; Micheli, Robin (June 19, 1989). "The Presleys' Newest Star". People. 31 (24). Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ Tallerico, Brian. "Mad Max: Fury Road". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Berkshire, Geoff. "Riley Keough on 'American Honey' Director Andrea Arnold: 'She Captures Life'". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Coggan, Devan. "Moonlight, American Honey, Manchester by the Sea lead Independent Spirit Awards nominees". Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Dundy 2004, pp. 13, 16, 20–22, 26.
  6. ^ Kamphoefner 2009, p. 33.
  7. ^ "Harper & Finley Lockwood = Lisa Marie Presley's Twins!". October 12, 2008.
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  9. ^ [1] Archived July 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
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  11. ^ "The Good Doctor". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  12. ^ Bendix, Trish (2010-05-26). ""Jack and Diane" trades out Olivia Thirlby for Riley Keough". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Magnolia Picks Up Juno Temple & Riley Keough Film 'Jack and Diane'". 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Photos of Riley Keough's new movie Jack and Diane, with Juno Temple and Kylie Minogue | Mail Online". 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  15. ^ Doty, Meriah (2012-06-27). "Riley Keough gets personal and professional in 'Magic Mike' | Movie Talk - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  16. ^ "Morse, Wilson, Azaria and Keough Join Yellow". 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  17. ^ "Robert Pattinson Pal Riley Keough in Hot New Lingerie Ad (photos!)". 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Justin Timberlake - TKO". YouTube. October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Miu Miu". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
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  22. ^ "Riley Keough Joining the Growing Cast of Mad Max: Fury Road". 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  23. ^ "Mad Max: Fury Road Set Photos Prove It's In Production". 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  24. ^ "'Magic Mike' Star Riley Keough Joins 'The Girlfriend Experience' TV Series". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  25. ^ "Riley Keough To Topline Steven Soderbergh's 'The Girlfriend Experience' On Starz". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  26. ^ Thompson, Anne (2016-07-11). "'The Girlfriend Experience': Why Riley Keough Sizzles (Emmy Video)". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  27. ^ "Emmy Contender Riley Keough Calls Her 'Girlfriend Experience' Character a 'Practical Girl Who Likes Sex' (Video)". 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  28. ^ "'Girlfriend Experience' Review: Riley Keough Perfect in Role". 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  29. ^ Gilbert, Sophie. "'The Girlfriend Experience': Love in a Cold Climate". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  30. ^ Barraclough, Leo (2016-06-07). "Andrea Arnold's Cannes Jury Prize Winner 'American Honey' Sells Out". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  31. ^ Setoodeh, Ramin (2016-05-17). "Cannes Gossip: Will 'American Honey' Win the Palme d'Or?". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  32. ^ Siegel, Tatiana; Kit, Borys (March 10, 2016). "Riley Keough Joins Robert Redford in Sci-Fi Drama 'The Discovery' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  33. ^ Jafaar, Ali (June 13, 2016). "Netflix Acquires The World On 'The Discovery' With Rooney Mara, Robert Redford And Jason Segel". Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  34. ^ Ford, Rebecca (July 7, 2016). "Riley Keough, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbey Lee Join Justin Kelly's Next Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  35. ^ Busch, Anita (2016-05-26). "Daniel Craig And Katherine Heigl Finalizing Deals To Join Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' As James Bond News Surfaces". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  36. ^ Busch, Anita (22 August 2016). "Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots & Others Join Thriller 'Sweet Virginia'". Deadline. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  37. ^ "Alex Pettyfer Engaged To Riley Keough: REPORT". Huffington Post. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  38. ^ "Riley Keough, Elvis Presley's granddaughter, is engaged". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  39. ^ Webber, Stephanie (February 5, 2015). "Riley Keough Marries Ben Smith-Petersen: Wedding Guest List, Details Revealed". Us Weekly. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  40. ^ "Milano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards) (2012)". Retrieved 2016-07-14. 

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