Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley was born as Krishna Pandit Bhanji in the year 1943. He is an actor of English nationality and he has the career that spans over 40 years. He had won many awards including Screen Actor Guild awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Grammy and Oscar. He became well known by playing Mohandas Gandhi role in the year 1982 when he was in the film Gandhi. This is the role that made him to win an Academy Award in the Best Actor category. He has performed in other roles like in The Jungle Book, The Boxtrolls, Iron Man 3, Hugo, and Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, Shutter Island Lucky Number Slevin, Twelfth Night and Schindler’s List.

Ben Kingsley became a Knight Bachelor in the year 2002 at Buckingham Palace. This is because of the services he contributed to British Film Industry. In the year 2010, he got the star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the year 2013, he got a BAFTA Los Angeles Award because of the worldwide contribution in the filmed entertainment.

Ben Kingsley was born in the city of Snainton, in North Riding of Yorkshire. His mother is Anna Lyna Mary who died in the year 2010. She was a model and actress and she appeared in many films of 1920s up to 1930s. Her father was a medical doctor called Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji and he died in 1968.

The father of Kingsley was born in country of Kenya and he descended from Gujarati. The paternal grandfather had been a spice trader and he had moved to Zanzibar from India and this is where the father lived up to the time he transferred to go to live in Britain. The mother was British, who was born to unmarried parents and none wanted to speak about her background.

Ben Kingsley’s early life was passed in Pendlebury, a city near Manchester. He did his education at Manchester Grammar School and he was a classmate of Robert Powell who is also another actor.

According to his biography, Pendleton College where Ben Kingsley attended the school, it is now the home of Ben Kingsley Theater. When he was at the school, he was amateur for Dramatics in the Manchester and this is where he started his career. Afterwards, he got spotted by the Manager Dick James who is a music producer. He offered him to help him to be a pop star; however he chose to join Royal Shakespeare Company and did an audition at Trevor Nunn.

When it comes to his personal life, Ben Kingsley was married four times and he has four children. He had artist Jasmin Bhanji and Thomas Bhanji with Angela Morant who is an actress. Others are Ferdinand Kingsley and Edmund Kingsley who become actors and the mother is Allison Sutcliffe, a theatrical director. People who want to know what Ben Kingsley is up to, they can follow him on his social media accounts.

Last Modified: Mar 8, 2020

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