Ben Kingsley Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 20 Nov, 2016
Facts of Ben Kingsley
Date of Birth: 1943 , December-31
Age: 77 years old
Birth Nation: United Kingdom
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Krishna Pandit Bhanji
Birth Name Ben Kingsley
Nick Name Ben
Father Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji
Mother Anna Lyna Mary Goodman
Nationality British
Birth Place/City Snainton
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Working For Movies and TV shows
Net Worth $40 million
Married Yes
Married to Angela Morant (1966–1976) Alison Sutcliffe (1978–1992) Alexandra Christmann (2003–2005) Daniela Lavender (2007–present)
Children 4
Divorce Yes
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Movies The Jungle Book
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Ben Kingsley is widely known throughout the world for his movie appearances including in Gandhi, Sexy Beast, and Bugsy.

Early Life:

Ben Kingsley was born on 31 December 1943, in Snainton, England, as Krishna Pandit Bhanji. Kingsley is the son of mother Anna Lyna Mary Goodman and his father is Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji. His mother was a model and actress and his father were a medical doctor. Kingsley was raised in Pendlebury, near Manchester along with his parents.

Ben Kingsley’s nationality is English and he belongs to Indian English descent. Kingsley’s birth sign is Capricorn. Kingsley attended Manchester Grammar School. Later he joined the University of Salford and he also studied at Pendleton College.


Ben Kingsley started his acting career from the theater, where he made his debut at the Aldwych Theatre. He made several theater appearances including Peter Hall's 1977 Volpone for the Royal National Theatre and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Ben Kingsley made his movie appearance in 1972 from the movie Fear Is the Key. Kingsley’s one of the most successful movies came on 1982 epic biographical film Gandhi, where he appeared in the role of Mahatma Gandhi. This movie established him as a super star and he was awarded several awards including Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and much more.

Kingsley made his appearance in American crime-drama film Bugsy released in 1972 in the role of Meyer Lansky. In the role of Don Logan, Kingsley made his appearance in British crime film Sexy Beast released in 2000. This movie was Ben Kingsley’s another super hit movie which gave his several awards and nominations. Kingsley’s other major movie appearance includes House of Sand and Fog (2003), Shutter Island (2010), Iron Man 3 (2013) and many others.

Ben Kingsley has made his appearance in various television series, his major television appearances include Oxbridge Blues, Anne Frank: The Whole Story and Tut.

Personal Life:

Ben Kingsley changed his name from Krishna Bhanji thinking that foreign name will hamper his career. Kingsley’s relational status is married and his sexual orientation is straight.

Kingsley has been married four times, he married British actress Angela Morant in 1966. After divorce with his first wife in 1976, Ben Kingsley married Alison Sutcliffe in 1978 and lived together until 1992. In 2003, he married Alexandra Christmann. Currently, he is married to Brazilian actress Daniela Lavender, the couple married in 2007.

Ben Kingsley has four children, three sons Ferdinand Kingsley, Edmund Kingsley, Thomas Alexis Bhanji and a daughter Jasmin Bhanji. Kingsley currently lives in Spelsbury, United Kingdom.

Net Worth:

Ben Kingsley has a net worth of $40 million dollars and his salary is also estimated to be high. Kingsley’s height is 5 feet and 8 inches tall. n


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