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Ben Kingsley Biography

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

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

  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2004Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2004Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2003Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2003Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up): winner
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2001European Film Academy-Best European Actor: winner
  • 2001American Film Institute-Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series: nominated
  • 2001Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2001Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2001European Film Awards-European Actor: winner
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1991Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: winner
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1983BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: winner
  • 1983BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 1982Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1982Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1982National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1982New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner

Relationships

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