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 43
  2. Negative: 7 out of 43
43 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
50 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Nizam 7.3
47 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 19, 2014 Cast / Merenkahre 5.9
47 Robot Overlords TBA Robin Smythe tbd
45 Rules of Engagement Apr 7, 2000 Ambassador Mourain 6.6
44 Walking with the Enemy Apr 25, 2014 Regent Horthy 8.5
41 What Planet Are You From? Mar 3, 2000 Graydon 2.0
37 The Last Legion Aug 17, 2007 Ambrosinus/Merlin 5.4
37 War, Inc. May 23, 2008 Walken/The Viceroy 8.3
37 Suspect Zero Aug 27, 2004 Benjamin O'Ryan 2.7
25 The Ten Commandments Oct 19, 2007 Narrated By 6.2
24 A Sound of Thunder Sep 2, 2005 Charles Hatton 3.3
24 The Love Guru Jun 20, 2008 Guru Tugginmypudha 4.1
18 BloodRayne Jan 6, 2006 Kagan 7.7
tbd A Common Man Mar 15, 2013 Cast / The Man tbd
tbd Self/less Jul 10, 2015 Cast / Damian tbd
tbd The Walk Oct 2, 2015 Cast tbd
tbd The Physician Dec 5, 2014 Ibn Sina 6.5
tbd The Jungle Book Apr 15, 2016 Bagheera tbd
tbd Learning to Drive Aug 21, 2015 Darwan tbd