Ben Kingsley Biography

Published On Mar 12, 2018
Facts of Ben Kingsley
Date of Birth: 1943 , December-31
Birth Nation: United States
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Having started stage performance at the age of 23, Ben made his London West End theatre debut at the Aldwych Theatre in 1967. After almost 15 years into the stage work, Ben made his Broadway debut, finally, in 1971 with the RSC. 

Later, he played Mosca in Peter Hall’s production of Ben Jonson's Volpone for the Royal National Theatre, and also in Peter Brook's acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

After years of involvement in stage theaters, Ben directed his talent to a bit different field of visual arts, i.e. film. He made his film debut in 1972 crime/drama film, 'Fear Is the Key'. Later, he played Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the BBCs historical drama 'The Love School' and also appeared in the TV miniseries Dickens of London the following year.

His major critical success came with Gandhi,  British-Indian epic historical drama film based on the life of the leader of India's non-violent movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He played Mohandas Gandhi, the protagonist in the film, and won his first  Academy Award for Best Actor. 

Apart from these, Kingsley's other accomplishments as an actor include Turtle Diary, Maurice, Pascali's Island, Without a Clue as Dr. Watson, etc. Moreover, he also appeared in Sexy Beast as Don Logan, Schindler’s list as Itzhak Stern and in Iron man 3 as Trevor Slattery.

Talking about Kingsley's love life, he is a married man and is currently married to Daniela Lavender, a Brazilian actress. The couple got married at Eynsham Hall, in North Leigh, Oxfordshire.

Besides, his current relationship, he has been 3 other marital bonds in the past. From his three marriages, he has four children: Thomas Bhanji and Jasmin Bhanji, with actress Angela Morant; and Edmund Kingsley and Ferdinand, with Alison Sutcliffe. Later, he married Alexandra Christmann, however, none of the relationships worked for him as he ended up divorcing all his 3 wives.

Talking about awards received by Ben Kingsley, he received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Nonmusical Recording for The Words of Gandhi. Likewise, he was also honored with the Indian civilian honor Padma Shri.

Similarly, Ben was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was followed by a Fellowship Award at The Asian Awards in London in 2013.

Ben Kingsley has earned` a huge amount of money from his professional career. As an Oscar-winning television personality, he has several sources of income and is paid well in terms of salary. It is estimated that his current net worth is around $60million. Besides, his Mercedes worth $125000 is also a part of his net worth.

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Born in United States

1943

Ben Kingsley was born on December 31, 1943, in Snainton, North Riding of Yorkshire, to Gujarati father, Dr. Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, and English mother, Anna Lyna Mary. Kingsley studied at Pendleton College.

Broadway debut

1971

Following his  London West End theatre debut at the Aldwych Theatre. He made his Broadway debut with the RSC. Later, he played Mosca in Peter Hall’s production of Ben Jonson's Volpone for the Royal National Theatre. He also was also seen in Peter Brook's acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Appeared in BBC historical drama The Love School

1982

Ben Kingsley starred as Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the BBC's historical drama, The Love School and appeared in the TV miniseries Dickens of London the following year.

Married Angela Morant

1966

Kingsley has been married four times and has four children. He married his first wife Angela Morant in 1966. He has two children Thomas Bhanji and Jasmin Bhanji with her. The couple divorced in 1976.

Married Daniela Lavender

2007

Kingsley is a married man and he is currently married to Daniela Lavender, a Brazilian actress. The couple got married at Eynsham Hall, in North Leigh, Oxfordshire.

Honored Grammy Award for The Words of Gandhi

1984

Ben Kingsley achieves Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Nonmusical Recording for The Words of Gandhi. Ben Kingsley was also awarded the Indian civilian honor Padma Shri. He was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Fellowship Award at The Asian Awards in London.

net worth of $60 million

2018

As of 2018, Ben Kingsley net worth is estimated to be around $60 million. He owns a Mercedes that cost him $125000. His significant source of on earning is his professional acting career.