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 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.


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)



Joseph (1995)


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


Best Actor:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Ben Kingsley's Scores

Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 93 Schindler's List
Lowest Metascore: 18 BloodRayne
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
38 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
93 Schindler's List Dec 15, 1993 Itzhak Stern 8.9
83 Hugo Nov 23, 2011 Papa Georges 7.5
79 Sexy Beast Jun 13, 2001 Don Logan 7.1
75 The Desert of Forbidden Art Mar 11, 2011 Cast 2.0
74 Maurice Sep 18, 1987 Lasker-Jones 7.9
72 Transsiberian Jul 18, 2008 Grinko 6.9
72 Death and the Maiden Dec 23, 1994 Dr. Roberto Miranda 8.0
71 House of Sand and Fog Dec 19, 2003 Behrani 7.9
68 Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny Oct 29, 2010 Narrator tbd
66 Tuck Everlasting Oct 11, 2002 Man In The Yellow Suit 8.4
66 Elegy Aug 8, 2008 David Kepesh 6.9
65 Monsters University Jun 21, 2013 Soccer Announcer 7.8
64 Unlikely Heroes Sep 10, 2004 Narrator 7.0
64 You Kill Me Jun 22, 2007 Frank Falenczyk 8.2
63 The Boxtrolls Sep 26, 2014 Archibald Snatcher / Archibald Snatcher 6.9
63 Shutter Island Feb 19, 2010 Dr. Cawley 7.7
62 Iron Man 3 May 3, 2013 The Mandarin 6.4
61 A Birder's Guide to Everything Mar 21, 2014 Lawrence Konrad 7.0
61 The Wackness Jul 3, 2008 Dr. Jeffrey Squires 7.5
59 I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal Dec 8, 2006 Himself 6.3
58 The Triumph of Love Apr 17, 2002 Hermocrates 4.8
58 The Dictator May 16, 2012 Principal Cast / Tamir 6.3
57 Fifty Dead Men Walking Aug 21, 2009 Fergus 7.6
53 Lucky Number Slevin Apr 7, 2006 The Rabbi 8.3
51 Ender's Game Nov 1, 2013 Mazer Rackham 6.7
50 War Story Jul 30, 2014 Albert 5.5
50 Stonehearst Asylum Oct 24, 2013 Silas Lamb 7.3
50 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Nizam 7.3
45 Rules of Engagement Apr 7, 2000 Ambassador Mourain 6.6
44 Walking with the Enemy Apr 25, 2014 Regent Horthy 8.5