Ben Kingsley born in Snainton village of England as Krishna Bhanji, is an English actor. His father was a Kenya born and had Gujarati Indian descent. His paternal grandfather was a spice trader, and his father moved to Britain at the age of 14 from Zanzibar, and his mother was a British woman. Ben was brought up in a town Pendlebury situated near Manchester. He had actor Robert Powell as his classmate at Manchester Grammar School. His name came up from ‘Benji’, his father’s nickname and ‘King Cloves’, his paternal grandfather’s nickname. He has studied at Pendleton College, which has become the home of Ben’s Theatre. While in college, he got involved in dramatics and made debut as a professional after his graduation at the age of 23. He was once spotted by manager and music producer Dick James, to mould him to be a pop-star, but instead, Ben decided to join a British Theatre Company, Royal Shakespeare Company after being auditioned by Trevor Nunn. He then went on to perform in various plays and sequences in several famous theatres. Kingsley made his debut in the films in 1972 film “Fear in the Sky”. He achieved fame and success by portraying the role of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in film Gandhi, an academy award winning film.
This movie was a great success critically and financially both which made him win an Academy Award for the category of Best Actor. He gets credit for delivering amazing films like Turtle Diary, Pascali's Island, Without a Clue, Maurice,
Shutter Island, Marvel’s
Iron Man 3, Bugsy, Sneakers, Suspect Zero, Silas Marner, Sexy Beast, Elegy, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Dave, Learning Drive, Death and the Maiden, Ender’s Game, Schindler’s list, House of Sand and Fog. He has also voiced the character of Bagheera in the famous
Jungle Book and the character Sabine in a game Fable 2 of Lionhead Studios. He got nominated for some of the outstanding awards and won some of them. Amongst them, he got nominated for the Best Supporting Actor for Bugsy, Sexy Beast and Oscar nomination for Best Actor in film House of Sand and Fog. He also won a Crystal Globe Award in 2001 for his contribution to cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He received the nomination for an Emmy Award for TV film Mrs. Harris. He also holds the honor to be recognized and referred as ‘Sir’. He got awarded the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace for his contribution to the British Film Industry. He has also won a Grammy Award in 1984 for
The Words of Gandhi under the category of Best Spoken Word. He got praise for his talent and presented with Padma Shri Award, Indian civilian honor in 1984 and Fellowship Award in London at The Asian Awards in the year 2013. In his life span, he has married for no less than four times and from these marriages is the father of four children. He is presently married to a Brazilian actress, Daniela Lavender. He has worked with Hollywood’s renowned actors and actresses like
Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island, Penélope Cruz in Elegy,
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3,
Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and
Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings.