Ben Kingsley biography
Date of Birth: December 31, 1943
This chameleon-like Yorkshire, English actor has proven he can play just about anyone, from Nazi war criminal to Jewish Holocaust survivor. The son of a general
practitioner, Kingsley was educated at Manchester Grammar School and started out in amateur theatricals in Manchester before making his professional debut at age 23.
In 1967 he made his first London appearance at the Aldwych theatre and then joined
the Royal Shakespeare Company, devoting himself almost exclusively to stage work for the next 15 years.
American audiences first saw Kingsley in 1971 when he made his Broadway debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1982, director Richard Attenborough selected Kingsley for the title role in the epic Gandhi. The film was a great success and swept the international awards that year, earning 39-year-old Kingsley a Best Actor Oscar.
Kingsley spent the next decade playing a wide spectrum of characters in films like Harem (1985), Pascali's Island (1988), Bugsy (1992) and
Schindler's List (1993).
In the latter half of the 1990s, Kingsley continued to embrace a variety of eclectic roles, with turns as the Fool in the 1996 film adaptation of Twelfth
Night, and the barbarous barber in The Tale of Sweeney Todd (1998). Kingsley also took Broadway by storm with his one-man show Edward Kean, which was directed by his wife Alison Sutcliffe.
In 2002, he earned his third Oscar nomination (second for Best Actor) for his performance in Sexy Beast (2001). He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2001. In 2004, he was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his outstanding performance in House of Sand and Fog(2003). He continues to earn award nominations with critically acclaimed performances in films such as You Kill Me (2007) and the TV movie Mrs. Harris (2005). Although Kingsley usually does serious roles, he took on comedy when he signed on to play a part in the Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator (2012). More recently, he starred in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) and in Self/less (2015).
Kingsley has four children: two with his first wife, Angela Morant (1966 to 1972) and two with his second wife, Alison Sutcliffe (1978 to 1992). He is divorced from third wife, Alexandra Christmann.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Iron Man 3
Noah's Arc: The New Beginning (2012) (voice)
Number 13 (2011)
Noah's Ark: The New Beginning (2010)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Fifty Dead Men Walking
Number 13 (2008)
The Love Guru
The Ten Commandments (2007) (voice)
The Last Legion
You Kill Me
Lucky Number Slevin
Mrs. Harris (2005)
A Sound of Thunder
House of Sand and Fog
The Triumph of Love (2001)
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) (voice)
Rules Of Engagement
What Planet Are You From?
Till the End of Time (2000)
A Force More Powerful (1999) (voice)
Peace Is Every Step: Meditation in Action: The Life and Work of Thich Nhat Hanh (1999)(voice)
Spooky House (1999)
Parting Shots (1998)
Photographing Fairies (1997)
The Assignment (1997)
War Symphonies - Sjostakovitsj (1997)
Twelfth Night: Or What You Will (1996)
Death and the Maiden (1994)
Liberation (1994) (voice)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Freddie as F.R.O.7 (1992) (voice)
L'Amore necessario (1991)
The Children (1990)
Quinto Macaco, O (1990)
Romeo-Juliet (1990) (voice)
Vita scellerata, Una (1990)
Pascali's Island (1988)
Without a Clue (1988)
Turtle Diary (1985)
Fear Is the Key (1972)
Ben Kingsley Filmography