Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor with a career spanning over 40 years. He has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji in Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire. He is the son of Anna Lyna Mary (born Goodman; 1914–2010), an actress and model who appeared in films in the 1920s and 1930s, and Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji (1914–1968), a medical doctor.
He was awarded the Indian civilian honour Padma Shri in 1984. Also in 1984, he won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Nonmusical Recording for The Words of Gandhi. In May 2010, Kingsley was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In April 2013, Kingsley was honoured with the Fellowship Award at The Asian Awards in London.
Kingsley’s father was born in Kenya and is of Gujarati descent. Kingsley’s paternal grandfather was an extremely successful spice trader who had moved from India to Zanzibar, where Kingsley’s father lived until moving to Britain at the age of 14. Kingsley’s mother was British; she was born out of wedlock, and “was loath to speak of her background”. Kingsley’s maternal grandfather was believed by the family to have been of Russian – or German-Jewish descent, while Kingsley’s maternal grandmother was of English background, and worked in the garment district of East London. Kingsley stated in 1994: “I’m not Jewish… and though there might be some Russian-Jewish heritage way back on my mother’s side, the thread is so fine there’s no real evidence”.
Kingsley grew up in Pendlebury, near Manchester. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, where one of his classmates was the actor Robert Powell. Kingsley studied at Pendleton College, which later became home to the Ben Kingsley Theatre. While at college he became involved in amateur dramatics in Manchester, making his professional stage debut on graduation, aged 23. In 1967, he made his London West End theatre debut at the Aldwych Theatre. Later, he was spotted by music producer and manager Dick James, who offered to mould Kingsley into a pop star, but Kingsley chose to join the Royal Shakespeare Company after an audition before Trevor Nunn.
He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993), Twelfth Night (1996), Sexy Beast (2000), House of Sand and Fog (2003), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Hugo (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013), The Boxtrolls (2014), and The Jungle Book (2016).
Kingsley was made a Knight Bachelor at Buckingham Palace in 2002 for services to the British film industry. In 2010, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, he received the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.
|Name||Sir Ben Kingsley|
|Birth Name||Krishna Pandit Bhanji|
|Date of Birth||31 December, 1943|
|Social Media||Sir Ben Kingsley says cyberspace holds little allure. “You will never see me on Twitter,”|
|Place of Birth||Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire, UK|
|Currently living in||Willistown, Pennsylvania, US|
|Parents||Anna Lyna Mary and |
Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji
|Height||5 foot 7 inches or 173 cm or 1.73 m|
|Education||Manchester Grammar School, UK|
|College||Pendleton College, UK|
|Star / Zodiac sign||Capricorn|
|Honours||Kingsley was knighted in the 2002 New Year Honours for services to the British film industry.|
|Awards||1982 for film: Gandhi - Academy Award for Best Actor,|
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role,
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama,
Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male,
2013 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor - Iron Man 3,
|Relationships||Married four times.|
First with Angela Morant divorced 1976.
1992 divorced Alison Sutcliffe.
Divorced Alexandra Christmann in 2005,
Currently married to Daniela Lavender 2007
|Best known for films||1982 film Gandhi, Schindler's List (1993), |
Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011),
Iron Man 3 (2013), and The Jungle Book (2016).