Ben Kingsley

BirthDay:

31 Dec 1943

BirthPlace:

Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

BirthName:

Krishna Bhanji

Bio:

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to have roles in films and TV. His birth name was Krishna Bhanji, but he changed his name to "Ben Kingsley" soon after gaining fame as a stage actor, fearing that a foreign name could hamper his acting career.

Kingsley first earned international fame for his performance in the 1982 movie, Gandhi (1982). His performance as "Mahatma Gandhi" earned him international fame. He won many awards - including an Oscar for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and London Film Critics' Circle Awards. After acting in Gandhi (1982), Ben was recognized as one of the finest British actors.

After his international fame for appearing in Gandhi (1982), Kingsley appeared in many other famous movies. His success as an actor continued. In 1993, his performance as "Itzhak Stern" in the movie, Schindler's List (1993) earned him a BAFTA nomination. Schindler's List (1993) won seven Oscars, including Best Picture. During the late 1990s, Kingsley acted in many successful movies. He played "Sweeney Todd" in the 1998 TV movie, The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1997). For his performance in this movie, he was nominated for the Screen Actors' Guild Award. His other notable role was as "Otto Frank" in the TV movie Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), for which he won a Screen Actors' Guild Award.

Ben Kingsley lives in Spelsbury, Oxfordshire, in England.
Filmography

Actor ( 180 credits )

An Ordinary Man (2017) O
A Doll's House (2017) Doctor Rank
Backstabbing for Beginners (2017)
Security (2017)
War Machine (2017)
The Jungle Book (2016) Bagheera (voice)
Mary (2016) King Herod
The Ottoman Lieutenant (2016) Woodruff
Knight of Cups (2015) (voice)
Self/less (2015)
Celebrity Conversations (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Let's Go, DFW! (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Celebrity P.O.V. (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Robot Overlords (2014) Robin Smythe
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) Nun
Stonehearst Asylum (2014) Silas Lamb
Learning to Drive (2014) Darwan
The Boxtrolls (2014) Archibald Snatcher (voice)
War Story (2014) Albert
Garfunkel and Oates (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
The Physician (2013) Ibn Sina
Ender's Game (2013) Mazer Rackham
Walking with the Enemy (2013) Regent Horthy
A Common Man (2013) The Man
Iron Man 3 (2013) Trevor Slattery
A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013) Lawrence Konrad
Movie Guide (2013)  The Mandarin (1 episode, 2013)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Hollywood Health Report (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
The Dictator (2012) Tamir
Noah (2012) Narrator (voice)
Too Young to Die (2012)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2012)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Movie Talk with Peter Bart (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - guest (1 episode, 2016)
Evening Urgant (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Hugo (2011) Georges Méliès
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) Nizam
Teen Patti (2010) Perci Trachtenberg
Shutter Island (2010) Dr. Cawley
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
In Conversation (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Conan (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Journey to Mecca (2009) Narrator
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Skavlan (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Love Guru (2008) Guru Tugginmypudha
Elegy (2008) David Kepesh
War, Inc. (2008) Walken / The Viceroy
Transsiberian (2008) Grinko
Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) Fergus
The Wackness (2008) Dr. Squires
The Ten Commandments (2007) Narrated by (voice)
The Last Legion (2007) Ambrosinus / Merlin
You Kill Me (2007) Frank Falenczyk
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2008-2012)
Lucky Number Slevin (2006) The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
The Fabulous Picture Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
BloodRayne (2005) Kagan
Oliver Twist (2005) Fagin
A Sound of Thunder (2005) Charles Hatton (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself / ... (10 episodes, 2006-2013)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2013)
Martha (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Suspect Zero (2004) Benjamin O'Ryan
Thunderbirds (2004) The Hood
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (2004)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
House of Sand and Fog (2003) Behrani
Unlikely Heroes (2003) Narrator (voice)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (4 episodes, 2004-2008)
From Hollywood to Borehamwood (2003)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Tuck Everlasting (2002) Man in the Yellow Suit
Spooky House (2002) The Great Zamboni
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Autograph (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Triumph of Love (2001) Hermocrates
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) Specialist (voice)
Islam: Empire of Faith (2000) Narrator
Sexy Beast (2000) Don Logan
Rules of Engagement (2000) Ambassador Mourain
What Planet Are You From? (2000) Graydon
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
A Force More Powerful (1999) Narrator (voice)
The Confession (1999) Harry Fertig
The Sopranos (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Witness (1999)  Narrator (voice)
Parting Shots (1998) Renzo Locatelli
Peace Is Every Step: Meditation in Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh (1998) Narrator (voice)
Photographing Fairies (1997) Reverend Templeton
The Assignment (1997) Amos
HARDtalk (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996) Feste
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Species (1995) Xavier Fitch
Liberation (1994) Narrator (voice)
Death and the Maiden (1994) Dr. Roberto Miranda
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Schindler's List (1993) Itzhak Stern
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Bruce Pandolfini
Dave (1993) Vice-President Nance
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Sneakers (1992) Cosmo
Freddie as F.R.O.7. (1992) Freddie (voice)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Bugsy (1991) Meyer Lansky
L'amore necessario (1991) Ernesto
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (7 episodes, 1995-2009)
Memories of 1970-1991 (1991)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode)
Romeo.Juliet (1990) Father Capulet (voice)
O Quinto Macaco (1990) Cunda
The Children (1990) Martin Boyne
Una vita scellerata (1990) Governor
Entertainment UK (1990)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 1992)
Slipstream (1989) Avatar
Without a Clue (1988) Dr. John Watson
Pascali's Island (1988) Basil Pascali
Testimony (1988) Dmitri Shostakovich
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2013)
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Maurice (1987) Lasker-Jones
Seitenblicke (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Turtle Diary (1985) William Snow
Harem (1985) Selim
Oxbridge Blues (1984)  Geoff Craven (1 episode, 1984)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (4 episodes, 2008-2013)
Betrayal (1983) Robert
Gandhi (1982) Mahatma Gandhi
Timewatch (1982)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2009)
Étoiles et toiles (1982)  Himself (1 episode)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Vikings! (1980) (3 episodes, 1980)
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
The Velvet Glove (1977)  Chakravarti (1 episode, 1977)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Arena (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Love School (1975)  Rossetti / ... (5 episodes, 1975)
Fantástico (1973)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
BBC2 Playhouse (1973)  Ivanov / ... (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
2nd House (1973) (1 episode, 1974)
Fear Is the Key (1972) Royale
Crown Court (1972)  Jeremy Leigh / ... (5 episodes, 1976-1979)
The Adventurer (1972)  Pierre (1 episode, 1973)
Full House (1972)  The Misfortune cast member (1 episode, 1973)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Play for Today (1970)  Naseem (1 episode, 1973)
Jackanory (1965) (1 episode, 2006)
Orlando (1965)  Peter Batterby (6 episodes, 1966)
Pardon the Expression (1965)  Roy (1 episode, 1966)
Coronation Street (1960)  Ron Jenkins (5 episodes, 1966-1967)
This Week (1956)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Collide (0)
Life (0) Jack Warner
The Walk (0)
Wake (0)
Ich bin dann mal Charlie (0) Bernard Maris (rumored)
Little Mizz Innocent (0)

Producer ( 1 credit )

An Ordinary Man (2017) producer