Riley Keough

Riley Keough

Riley Keough
Born Danielle Riley Keough
(1989-05-29) May 29, 1989
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Model, actress
Years active 2010–present
Spouse(s) Ben Smith-Petersen (m. 2015)
Parent(s) Lisa Marie Presley

Danielle Riley Keough ( ; born May 29, 1989)[1] is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough, and the eldest grandchild of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

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.[2][3] She has one brother, Benjamin Storm Keough, and two half-sisters, twins Harper and Finley, from her mother's marriage to Michael Lockwood.[4]


In 2010 at the age of 20, Keough starred in biographical drama The Runaways based on the 1970s all-girl rock band of the same name.[5] 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.[6]

In April 2011, Keough starred as the female lead in the drama The Good Doctor alongside Orlando Bloom and Taraji P. Henson.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] Filming took place in New York City, and in May 2011 Magnolia Pictures picked up the film for distribution[10] and set its release in November 2012.[11]

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.[12]

Keough co-starred in the independent drama Yellow (2012), alongside Sienna Miller, Luke Wilson and David Morse.[13] On August 4, 2013, the Australian fashion brand Bonds announced that Keough had been signed as "Summer 2013 ambassador".[14] Photos and a behind-the scenes video can be seen here. On October 29, 2013, Justin Timberlake premiered his music video for "TKO". Riley co-starred in the video, portraying a bitter girlfriend who knocks out Timberlake and ties him to the back of a pick-up truck. She then proceeds to drag him through the desert and throws him off a cliff.[15]

Keough appeared in director So Yong Kim’s short film Spark and Light commissioned by fashion brand Miu Miu in 2014.[16] Keough co-starred in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Mad Max series,[17] opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.[18] After production delays, filming began in Namibia in the summer of 2012, and the film was released in May 2015.[19]

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.[20] The series was issued a 13-episode order and is set to premiere on Starz in 2015.[21]

Personal life

She was formerly in a relationship with actor Alex Pettyfer, to whom she was briefly engaged.[22] On Thursday, August 14, 2014, Keough announced her engagement to stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen, whom she met in 2012 while filming Mad Max: Fury Road.[23] They married on February 4, 2015, in Napa, California.[24]


Year Film 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 The Greens Are Gone Elisa Green
2015 Dixieland Rachel
2015 Lovesong Sarah In post-production


  1. ^ a b Green, Michelle; Armstrong, Lois; Hoover, Eleanor; Micheli, Robin (June 19, 1989). "The Presleys' Newest Star".  
  2. ^ Dundy 2004, pp. 13, 16, 20–22, 26.
  3. ^ Kamphoefner 2009, p. 33.
  4. ^ "Harper & Finley Lockwood = Lisa Marie Presley's Twins!". October 12, 2008.
  5. ^ "Elvis Presley granddaughter Danielle Riley... | Gather". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Published Tuesday, Feb 2 2010, 4:17am EST (2010-02-02). "Orlando Bloom to head 'Good Doctor' cast - Movies News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  8. ^ "The Good Doctor". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  9. ^ Bendix, Trish (2010-05-26). Jack and Diane" trades out Olivia Thirlby for Riley Keough""". Archived from the original on 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  10. ^ "'"Magnolia Picks Up Juno Temple & Riley Keough Film 'Jack and Diane. 2011-05-05. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ Doty, Meriah (2012-06-27). "Riley Keough gets personal and professional in ‘Magic Mike’ | Movie Talk - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Morse, Wilson, Azaria and Keough Join Yellow". 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Robert Pattinson Pal Riley Keough in Hot New Lingerie Ad (photos!)". 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-08-05. 
  15. ^ "Justin Timberlake - TKO".  
  16. ^ "Miu Miu". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Riley Keough in talks for Mad Max 'Fury Road' film | Film & TV News". Nme.Com. 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  18. ^ "Riley Keough Joining the Growing Cast of Mad Max: Fury Road". 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  19. ^ "Mad Max: Fury Road Set Photos Prove It's In Production". 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  20. ^ "‘Magic Mike’ Star Riley Keough Joins ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ TV Series". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Riley Keough To Topline Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ On Starz". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Alex Pettyfer Engaged To Riley Keough: REPORT". Huffington Post. 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  23. ^ "Riley Keough, Elvis Presley's granddaughter, is engaged". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Webber, Stephanie (February 5, 2015). "Riley Keough Marries Ben Smith-Petersen: Wedding Guest List, Details Revealed".  

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