Revealed: How Keira filmed the underwater scenes for Atonement

Keira Knightley is better known for wearing tight corsets with huge bustles on the sets of period dramas. But as these pictures show, the actress can also take like a duck to water.

Dressed in only a slip and baring all of her thin frame for the cameras, the actress chose to take on her own underwater stunts for the film Atonement.

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Keira Knightley

Looking angelic as a mermaid and showing off her tiny frame, Keira Knightley took to the water easily as she films this scene dressed only in a silp and surrounded by lilies

In cold temperatures Keira braved the water for the scene in which she jumps into a pond in order to fetch a vase dropped by her love interest, played by James McAvoy.

Dressed in nothing more than thin satin underwear, Keira's character, the ice queen Cecilia, manages to retrieve the urn.

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Keira Knightley

A quick gasp of air from a scuba tank and Keira is ready to act again as she is surrounded by a better kitted-out crew on Atonement

Then, wrapped up in a little more clothing - Keira films a different scene wearing a tight blue dress.

In this second scene, the actress had a huge acting challenge to play Cecilia as the London Underground station of Balham is flooded.

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Keira Knightley

Floating down through the water, Keira Knightley proves she will push herself for the part in this underwater stunt

Keira Knightley

The Atonement actress proved her versatility with this underwater stunt - no flippers, snorkel or diver's tank for Keira

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The station is bombed, and while Keira is not hurt by the blast, she is caught up in the ensuing flood. The scene is one of the last filmed for Atonement, released during summer in Britain and now playing in the US.

Since filming Atonement, Keira has gone on to resume her usual garb of period costume as she plays 18th century English socialite Georgiana Spencer.

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