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.

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

  • Movies
Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 93 Schindler's List
Lowest Metascore: 18 BloodRayne
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
37 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Walk Oct 2, 2015 Cast tbd
tbd Selfless Feb 27, 2015 Cast tbd
tbd Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Dec 25, 2014 Cast tbd
tbd Exodus: Gods and Kings Dec 12, 2014 Cast / Nun / Nun tbd
51 The Boxtrolls Sep 26, 2014 Archibald Snatcher tbd
50 War Story Jul 30, 2014 Albert tbd
44 Walking with the Enemy Apr 25, 2014 Regent Horthy 8.5
61 A Birder's Guide to Everything Mar 21, 2014 Lawrence Konrad 6.8
51 Ender's Game Nov 1, 2013 Mazer Rackham 6.8
65 Monsters University Jun 21, 2013 Soccer Announcer 7.8
62 Iron Man 3 May 3, 2013 The Mandarin 6.4
tbd A Common Man Mar 15, 2013 Cast / The Man tbd
58 The Dictator May 16, 2012 Principal Cast / Tamir 6.3
83 Hugo Nov 23, 2011 Papa Georges 7.5
75 The Desert of Forbidden Art Mar 11, 2011 Cast 2.0
68 Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny Oct 29, 2010 Narrator tbd
50 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time May 28, 2010 Nizam 7.4
63 Shutter Island Feb 19, 2010 Dr. Cawley 7.7
57 Fifty Dead Men Walking Aug 21, 2009 Fergus 7.6
66 Elegy Aug 8, 2008 David Kepesh 6.9
72 Transsiberian Jul 18, 2008 Grinko 6.9
61 The Wackness Jul 3, 2008 Dr. Jeffrey Squires 7.5
24 The Love Guru Jun 20, 2008 Guru Tugginmypudha 3.9
37 War, Inc. May 23, 2008 Walken/The Viceroy 8.1
25 The Ten Commandments Oct 19, 2007 Narrated By 6.2
37 The Last Legion Aug 17, 2007 Ambrosinus/Merlin 5.4
64 You Kill Me Jun 22, 2007 Frank Falenczyk 8.0
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 8.2
18 BloodRayne Jan 6, 2006 Kagan 7.7