Actress Riley Keough is Hollywood royalty. The daughter of Elvis Presley and Lisa Marie Presley and sister to twin sisters Finley and Harper, she stars in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming drama Daisy Jones.
But she’s also made a name for herself in film and television, most recently starring in It Comes at Night and Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built. Her directorial debut, War Pony, won the Camera d’Or at Cannes last year.
She’s a model
Keough, who grew up in Los Angeles, started modeling when she was 14, and her career has been on the rise ever since. She’s the daughter of singer Lisa Marie Presley and actor Danny Keough, and has appeared in a number of films, including 2010’s The Runaways, where she played Marie Currie, sister of bandmember Cherie Currie. She’s also had roles in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Girlfriend Experience. In addition to acting, Keough is a fashion model and has launched her own line of luxury handbags, Felix Culpa.
Last year, she starred in War Pony, which won the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie follows a young Native American woman who steals crystal meth from her family’s drug dealer. Keough’s performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Ensemble Performance.
This year, she’s starring in the reboot of Mad Max, which is expected to be released next summer. The film is set a few years after the events of the original film, and will feature Tom Hardy as Max. The movie will also star Zoe Kravitz, Teresa Palmer, and Adelaide Clemens.
In addition to her acting and fashion work, Keough has also tried her hand at production and business. In 2017, she partnered with her long-time friend Gammell to launch Felix Culpa, which is “dedicated to developing material that gives a voice to talent and stories that deserve attention,” according to the company’s website.
Keough has a number of other projects in the works, including an untitled movie from writer-director Neill Blomkamp and co-writer Gary Hawkins. It will be a psychological thriller about the power of addiction, and is set to open in 2021.
Keough recently made a red carpet appearance to celebrate her new Amazon Prime Video show, Daisy Jones & The Six. She wore a strapless black dress with a deep V-neckline and trompe l’oeil skeleton details and bugle beads. She was joined by executive producer Reese Witherspoon, who wore a Schiaparelli look from the spring/2023 collection.
She’s a movie star
Keough has made a big splash on the Hollywood scene since debuting as Marie Currie in 2010’s musical biopic The Runaways. She has since racked up credits in 27 films and TV shows, including roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Logan Lucky, and Magic Mike. In addition to acting, she is also a top model and has appeared in runway shows for Dolce & Gabbana, David Yurman, and Dior.
While many celebrities are prone to using their celebrity status to promote or push their projects, Keough has taken a more subtle approach. She has a knack for choosing intriguing scripts and taking on challenging roles that often have a morally ambiguous edge. Whether she is a lawyer weighing matters of money and sex in The Girlfriend Experience or a traumatized mother trying to protect her family in the post-apocalyptic thriller It Comes at Night, Keough always puts in a solid performance.
The actress is also a natural in front of the camera. Her ice blue eyes and a chin that curves like a question mark lend her a unique beauty that is instantly recognizable. In addition, her acting skills have earned her the praise of critics and audiences alike.
It was only natural that Keough would choose to make her name in the world of film. She began modeling when she was 14, and her career took off after she starred in the movie Magic Mike in 2012. She continued to model and worked for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, and DKNY. She even had a short-lived romance with Alex Pettyfer, her Magic Mike co-star.
After a few small roles, she landed the lead role in the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience in 2016. It was based on Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film of the same name. In the series, she portrayed Christine Reade, an ambitious law student intern at a high-end escort service who becomes immersed in the transactional world of sex workers.
Keough has a bright future ahead of her, and she is poised to take on more challenging roles in the near future. She has a long list of A-list friends, including Dakota Johnson and Kristen Stewart, who both served as bridesmaids at her 2015 wedding to stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen.
She’s a TV star
Riley Keough is not only one of the most popular young actresses of her generation, she’s also a director. She’s forged working relationships with veteran auteur directors like Steven Soderbergh and Antoine Fuqua, while also taking chances on genre projects from emerging filmmakers. She’s even a producer, having launched the production company Felix Culpa in 2017 with longtime friend Gina Gammell.
Keough’s acting career exploded in 2016 with her breakout role as an escort in the Starz series The Girlfriend Experience. She followed it up with a starring turn in American Honey the following year, which won her critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination. She has since gone on to star in horror films It Comes at Night and Logan Lucky, as well as the TV series Zola and War Pony.
Despite the fact that she’s a celebrity, Keough isn’t shy about discussing her personal life. She’s open about her struggles with mental health and her ongoing recovery from bulimia. She’s also been vocal about her support of the LGBTQ community and has spoken out about the importance of embracing diversity in Hollywood.
The 33-year-old is also a mother, with fraternal twins Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood from her mother’s fourth marriage to Michael Lockwood. Her brother Benjamin Keough died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2020, and she has a number of tattoos dedicated to him including his first and middle names written in cursive on her collarbone.
Although she wasn’t a singer before she appeared in Daisy Jones & the Six, Keough has no plans to stop making music anytime soon. She’s currently working on her debut EP and has a number of songs in the pipeline. She also recently launched an activewear line with designer Reebok. The line includes a range of sports bras, leggings and workout shirts that feature both her and Reebok’s logo. The collection is available on Reebok’s website and select retailers nationwide. The pair have already partnered on several other projects, including a documentary and music video. Their next collaboration will likely center around the music and fashion of The Beach Boys.
She’s a musician
The 33-year-old actress stars in the new Amazon Prime Video series Daisy Jones & the Six, which adapts Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling book about a 1970s rock band’s meteoric rise and drug-fueled fall. Keough and co-star Sam Claflin play Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, two charismatic lead singers with clashing temperaments. The series is a warts-and-all look at a bygone era of popular music, where the heady idealism of Sixties folk gave way to the oversized everything of Seventies arena rock. And, while the Six might be a fictional band, their world feels utterly authentic.
Following the death of her father, rock legend Elvis Presley, in 1977, his only child Lisa Marie Presley inherited his multimillion-dollar estate, including his Graceland mansion and 15 percent stake in EPE. But two months after her own death, the legendary family’s tumultuous legal battle blew up again, with Priscilla Presley fighting her own daughter for control of their inheritance.
In a new court filing, the 77-year-old former first wife of the King of Rock and Roll challenged a 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie’s living trust that removed her and her former business manager as co-trustees, giving the role to Riley and her late brother Benjamin Keough (who committed suicide at age 27 in 2020). Priscilla claimed the amendment was fraudulent and sought a full review of the trust to ensure its legitimacy.
But the feud came to a halt Tuesday as lawyers for both sides announced they’d reached an agreement on how to move forward. A judge will formally approve the settlement in August. For now, the pact remains confidential. But a source close to the situation tells ET that Priscilla and Riley have “put the past behind them,” and that the pair is “happy, unified, and together.” The source adds that both parties agreed that a public fight would only hurt the project, which already had been delayed by a year from its original 2022 start date. The settlement also means that a rumored Mad Max sequel starring Keough and Tom Hardy will go ahead as scheduled.