Ben Kingsley

Biography: By origin half-Indian and half-European, Ben was born and brought up in the north of England. His father, Dr Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, who was born in Kenya of Indian descent, was educated in England, while Ben's mother, Anna, was an English actress and fashion model of Russian and Jewish origins. Ben's Indian grandfather came from a plantation-owning family in Gujarat, northern India (which was also Ghandi's home state) and went on to become a leading dealer in spices on the island of Zanzibar.Ben grew up in Salford and was educated at Manchester Grammar School, where he first began to shine as an actor. After school he began to plan an acting career and anglicized his name to gain access to a wider variety of roles. At the age of twenty-one, Ben was turned down for a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, but was taken on by a touring group called 'The Children's Theatre'. In 1967, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ben's early movie parts, in Fear Is theBy origin half-Indian and half-European, Ben was born and brought up in the north of England. His father, Dr Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, who was born in Kenya of Indian descent, was educated in England, while Ben's mother, Anna, was an English actress and fashion model of Russian and Jewish origins. Ben's Indian grandfather came from a plantation-owning family in Gujarat, northern India (which was also Ghandi's home state) and went on to become a leading dealer in spices on the island of Zanzibar.Ben grew up in Salford and was educated at Manchester Grammar School, where he first began to shine as an actor. After school he began to plan an acting career and anglicized his name to gain access to a wider variety of roles. At the age of twenty-one, Ben was turned down for a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, but was taken on by a touring group called 'The Children's Theatre'. In 1967, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ben's early movie parts, in Fear Is the Key (1972) and Hard Labour (1973), made a low-key impression, and he carried on working mainly in the theatre until he played the lead role in Gandhi (1982), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Since Gandhi, he has had dozens of good screen roles.Knighted in 2001, Sir Ben married Alexandra Christmann in September, 2003, and now lives in Oxfordshire, England. He has four children from his two previous marriages, to actress Angela Morant and to Alison Sutcliffe, a theatre director. One of Ben's three sons, Edmund Kingsley, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2003. Ben's son Ferdinand (born 1988) is also an actor and has been performing with The Playbox Theatre Company in Warwick since the age of four. Ferdinand is also hoping to go to RADA. Ben's other children are called Thomas and Jasmine.

GOLDEN GLOBE WINS AND NOMINATIONS:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama:

Gandhi (1982) (win)
House of Sand and Fog (2003) (nomination)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Bugsy (1991) (nomination)
Sexy Beast (2001) (nomination)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Anne Frank (2001) (nomination)
Mrs. Harris (2006) (nomination)

EMMY NOMINATIONS: (no wins)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:

Joseph (1995)

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:

Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989)
Anne Frank (2001)

ACADEMY AWARD WINS AND NOMINATIONS:

Best Actor:

Gandhi (1982) (win)
House of Sand and Fog (nomination)

Best Supporting Actor:

Bugsy (1991) (nomination)
Sexy Beast (2001) (nomination)
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Ben Kingsley's Scores

Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 93 Schindler's List
Lowest Metascore: 18 BloodRayne
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 45
  2. Negative: 8 out of 45
45 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
58 Knight of Cups Mar 4, 2016 Cast tbd
57 Learning to Drive Aug 21, 2015 Darwan / Darwan tbd
47 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Cast / Merenkahre 5.8
52 Exodus: Gods and Kings Dec 12, 2014 Cast / Nun / Nun 4.6
50 War Story Jul 30, 2014 Albert 5.5
44 Walking with the Enemy Apr 25, 2014 Regent Horthy 8.5
51 Ender's Game Nov 1, 2013 Mazer Rackham 6.7
52 Stonehearst Asylum Oct 24, 2013 Silas Lamb 6.9
58 The Dictator May 16, 2012 Principal Cast / Tamir 6.3
50 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Nizam 7.3
57 Fifty Dead Men Walking Aug 21, 2009 Fergus 7.6
59 I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal Dec 8, 2006 Himself 6.3
53 Lucky Number Slevin Apr 7, 2006 The Rabbi 8.9
58 The Triumph of Love Apr 17, 2002 Hermocrates 4.8
45 Rules of Engagement Apr 7, 2000 Ambassador Mourain 6.6
41 What Planet Are You From? Mar 3, 2000 Graydon 1.2
47 Robot Overlords TBA Robin Smythe tbd