A man has pleaded guilty to stalking actress Keira Knightley by making miaowing noises through her letterbox and bombarding her with cat-themed messages. Mark Revill, 49, from Hackney, east London, bombarded her with letters and shouted through her letterbox, Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, was told.
Ms Knightley, 31, suffered “alarm and distress”, according to the charge.
The incidents happened at the actress’s London home between August 1 and 22 October 2016.
Prosecutor Simma Khan told Highbury Corner Magistrates: “He made miaowing noises through the letterbox. He drew in chalk on the street an arrow pointing to her front door. He sent her music about cats on a USB stick. It was bizarre behaviour.”
The charge states: “The defendant pursued a course of conduct which amounted to the stalking of Keira Knightly and which knew or ought to have known amounted to the harassment of her in that attending her address on numerous occasions, making noises through her letterbox and sending letters and other communications.”
The court heard that Revill, a music composer, had stood outside her house for an hour without making contact on at least one occasion.
His lawyer said he was a music composer and merely wanted to promote that by getting the celebrity to listen to it.
Revill admitted to police that he was in love with her.
The prosecution said: "After putting letters through the letterbox and receiving no response he goes to the letterbox and miaows through it."
One letter had a picture of three cats apparently winking, the court heard.
The court heard the notes were handwritten with no stamps so were hand delivered.
Revill was remanded in custody and will appear at Highbury Magistrates' Court for sentencing on December 1.