Ben Kingsley

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  • Birth Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji
  • Birth Place: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Grew up thinking he would become a doctor, like his father, but wound up becoming an actor, like his mother.
  • Made his TV debut in 1966, in the British soap Coronation Street.
  • Made his London stage debut in 1966, in a musical produced by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and was offered a recording contract by Beatles recording manager Dick James, but declined.
  • Became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967.
  • While researching his title role in Gandhi (1982), he discovered he had paternal ancestors that hailed from the same village as Mahatma Gandhi in Gujarat, India.
  • Made his Broadway debut in 1984 in Kean, the one-man show about 19th-century English actor Edmund Kean; his second wife, Alison Sutcliffe, directed.
  • In 2001, it was announced he would be knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
  • Cofounded the U.K.-based production shingle SBK Pictures in 2007. 
  • Made his Bollywood film debut in Teen Patti (2010). 
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.

Awards

  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1984, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 2001, European Film Awards — European Actor: Winner
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2004, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1983, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ferdinand James Macaulay Kingsley — Son
  • Jasmin Anna Kingsley — Daughter
  • Alexandra Christmann — Ex-wife
  • Angela Morant — Ex-wife
  • Edmund William Macaulay Kingsley — Son
  • Alison Sutcliffe — Ex-wife
  • Thomas Alexis Kingsley — Son
  • Anna Lyna Mary Bhanji — Mother
  • Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji — Father
  • Daniela Barbosa — Wife

Details

  • Birth Name: Krishna Pandit Bhanji
  • Birth Place: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
  • Profession: Actor