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Birth information

31 December 1943 Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

Given Name

Krishna Bhanji

How tall is Ben Kingsley?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Daniela Lavender
Alexandra Christmann
Alison Sutcliffe
Angela Morant

Life Story of Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to have roles in films and television. His birth name was Krishna Bhanji, but he changed his name to "Ben Kingsley" soon after gaining fame as a stage actor, fearing that a foreign name could hamper his acting career.

Kingsley first earned international fame for his performance in the drama movie Gandhi (1982). His performance as Mohandas K. Gandhi earned him international fame. He won many awards - including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and London Film Critics' Circle Awards. After acting in Gandhi (1982), Ben was recognized as one of the finest British actors.

After his international fame for appearing in Gandhi (1982), Kingsley appeared in many other famous movies. His success as an actor continued. His performance as Itzhak Stern in the drama movie...

Significant features of Ben Kingsley

Shaved head
Often portrays sinister villains or sympathetic friends of the main character
Performances which are often both very reserved and yet vocally animated
Rich, mellifluous voice and Shakespearean...

Publications and Magazines about Ben Kingsley

Shirley Kingsley A Thread Through My Life. 2005

What movies did Ben Kingsley play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Cousin Bazilio , An Ordinary Man (2017) ,
Actors Filmography
Wake , A Doll's House Dr. Rank, Dali Land Salvador Dali, Long Gone Heroes General Roman, Cousin Bazilio The Councillor, Ich bin dann mal Charlie Bernard Maris, Spider in the Web (2019) Adereth, Perpetual Grace, LTD (2019) Pastor Byron Brown, The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Ethan Levin, Watership Down (2018) General Woundwort, Intrigo - Tod eines Autors (2018) Henderson, Night Hunter (2018) Cooper, Operation Finale (2018) Adolph Eichmann, Backstabbing for Beginners...

Birth information

31 December 1943 Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

Given Name

Krishna Bhanji

How tall is Ben Kingsley?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Daniela Lavender
Alexandra Christmann
Alison Sutcliffe
Angela Morant

Life Story of Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to have roles in films and television. His birth name was Krishna Bhanji, but he changed his name to "Ben Kingsley" soon after gaining fame as a stage actor, fearing that a foreign name could hamper his acting career.

Kingsley first earned international fame for his performance in the drama movie Gandhi (1982). His performance as Mohandas K. Gandhi earned him international fame. He won many awards - including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and London Film Critics' Circle Awards. After acting in Gandhi (1982), Ben was recognized as one of the finest British actors.

After his international fame for appearing in Gandhi (1982), Kingsley appeared in many other famous movies. His success as an actor continued. His performance as Itzhak Stern in the drama movie...

Significant features of Ben Kingsley

Shaved head
Often portrays sinister villains or sympathetic friends of the main character
Performances which are often both very reserved and yet vocally animated
Rich, mellifluous voice and Shakespearean...

Publications and Magazines about Ben Kingsley

Shirley Kingsley A Thread Through My Life. 2005

What movies did Ben Kingsley play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Cousin Bazilio , An Ordinary Man (2017) ,
Actors Filmography
Wake , A Doll's House Dr. Rank, Dali Land Salvador Dali, Long Gone Heroes General Roman, Cousin Bazilio The Councillor, Ich bin dann mal Charlie Bernard Maris, Spider in the Web (2019) Adereth, Perpetual Grace, LTD (2019) Pastor Byron Brown, The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) Ethan Levin, Watership Down (2018) General Woundwort, Intrigo - Tod eines Autors (2018) Henderson, Night Hunter (2018) Cooper, Operation Finale (2018) Adolph Eichmann, Backstabbing for Beginners...

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Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar in An Ordinary Man (2017)

Is shown being eaten by a "Grasshopper-raptor" in an episode of The Simpsons (1989).

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Ben Kingsley in An Ordinary Man (2017)

Was approached for the Bollywood movie Shikhar (2005) but declined the role as he was not comfortable speaking Hindi. The role eventually went to Javed Shaikh.

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Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar in An Ordinary Man (2017)

Has appeared in three productions depicting the Exodus: Moses (1995), The Ten Commandments (2007) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).

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He played Mohandas K. Gandhi between the ages of 23 (in 1893) and 78 (in 1948) in the drama movie Gandhi (1982).

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Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar in An Ordinary Man (2017)

Has worked with eight directors who have won a Best Director Oscar: Sir Richard Attenborough, Barry Levinson, Steven Spielberg, Roman Polanski, William Friedkin, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis.

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Ben Kingsley in Operation Finale (2018)

Nominated for Best Comedy Performance in the 1980 Laurence Olivier Awards for his performance in ''The Merry Wives of Windsor' but lost out to Beryl Reid.

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Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

The actor playing raving psychopath "Don" has an OBE.

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Ben Kingsley and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

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Ben Kingsley and Kendrick Reyes in The Jungle Book (2016)

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Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

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Ben Kingsley in Der Zug (1988)

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Ben Kingsley and Patricia Hodge in Betrug (1983)

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Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley in Betrug (1983)

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Jeremy Irons, Ben Kingsley, and Patricia Hodge in Betrug (1983)

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Ben Kingsley and Patricia Hodge in Betrug (1983)

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Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast (2000)

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Nastassja Kinski and Ben Kingsley in Harem (1985)

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Ben Kingsley in Der Medicus (2013)

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Ben Kingsley and Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast (2000)

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Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast (2000)

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Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, and Shohreh Aghdashloo in Haus aus Sand und Nebel (2003)

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Ben Kingsley in Operation Finale (2018)

Attended and graduated from Manchester Grammar School in Manchester, England.

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Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac in Operation Finale (2018)

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2002 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to drama.

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Ben Kingsley in Operation Finale (2018)

Derived his stage name from his grandfather's nickname "Clove King". His grandfather was a spice trader in Zanzibar.

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Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac in Operation Finale (2018)

Kingsley's father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born physician of Gujrati Indian descent. Kingsley's mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman) Bhanji, was an English fashion model and actress; she appeared in films in the 1920s and 1930s. Kingsley's maternal grandfather was believed by the family to have been of Russian Jewish or German Jewish descent, while Kingsley's maternal grandmother was of English background, and worked in the garment district of East London. His mother was born outside of marriage, and was raised by her own mother.

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Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley in Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

His paternal family was from the Indian state of Gujarat, the same state Mohandas K. Gandhi was from.

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Ben Kingsley in Dave (1993)

Has four children: Jasmin Bhanji and Thomas Alexis Bhanji, with Angela Morant; and Edmund Kingsley and Ferdinand Kingsley, with Alison Sutcliffe.

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Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Made his London stage debut in 1966 as the narrator of "A Smashing Day" produced by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. He wrote the music for the production as well as sang and played guitar for same. After one performance, John Lennon and Ringo Starr came backstage and told him that he should go into music and that if he didn't, "he would regret it for the rest of his life." He was subsequently offered a deal by the same publishers who handled The Beatles, but he chose to remain an actor. The next year, he was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company and his choice was made.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Supporting Actor category on the 2005 ballot for his role in the film Thunderbirds (2004). And he was suggested again the next year in the Worst Supporting Actor category of the 2006 Razzie nominating ballot for his performance in the film A Sound of Thunder (2005). He failed to receive either nomination. The very next year (2007) though, he got a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie Nomination for his performance in the film BloodRayne (2005).

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Head of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival in 1998.

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Ben Kingsley in Shutter Island (2010)

Was originally cast as Ephraim in München (2005), but later had to withdraw from the project due to scheduling conflicts. The role went to Geoffrey Rush.

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Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

His performance as Don Logan in Sexy Beast (2000) is ranked #97 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

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Has three films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time: Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) at #96, Gandhi (1982) at #29, and Schindler's List (1993) at #3.

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At the age of ten, he went busking outside a cinema with his friend Shirley Edwards in Llanelli, South Wales.

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On September 3, 2007, he married his fourth wife Daniela Lavender at Eynsham Hall in North Leigh, Oxfordshire.

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Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Is one of eight actors of Asian descent nominated for an Academy Award in an acting category. The others are Miyoshi Umeki, Sessue Hayakawa, Mako, Haing S. Ngor, Pat Morita, Ken Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi.

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Ben Kingsley in Schindlers Liste (1993)

The initials of his professional name are a reversal of the initials of his birth name.

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Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ezra Dagan in Schindlers Liste (1993)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 27, 2010. Offering their support at the event were his son Edmund Kingsley, wife Daniela Lavender, friends Bruce Willis and Jerry Bruckheimer.

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Ben Kingsley and Piotr Kadlcik in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Was awarded the Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording" for "The Words of Gandhi" (1984).

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Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Jochen Nickel, and Norbert Weisser in Schindlers Liste (1993)

Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, degree ceremony on July 18, 2008.

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Ben Kingsley and Hera Hilmar in An Ordinary Man (2017)

As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Gandhi (1982), Bugsy (1991), Schindler's List (1993) and Hugo (2011). Of those, Gandhi (1982) and Schindler's List (1993) won in the category.

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Kingsley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967.

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According to Kingsley, one of his fondest movie memories is watching his father go hysterical while viewing Danny Kaye as a car salesman in Knock on Wood (1954). After that his father often jokingly referred to him as the "Danny Kaye of the Family".

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