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Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 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,... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Sexy Beast
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Schindler's List
Schindler's List Itzhak Stern
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 2018 A Doll's House (pre-production)
Dr. Rank
 2018 Nomis (post-production)
  Mary (announced)
King Herod
  Operation Finale (filming)
Adolf Eichmann
  Watership Down (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
General Woundwort
- Episode #1.4 ... General Woundwort (voice)
- Episode #1.3 ... General Woundwort (voice)
- Episode #1.2 ... General Woundwort (voice)
- Episode #1.1 ... General Woundwort (voice)
 2017 War Machine
President Karzai
 2017 An Ordinary Man
The General
 2017 The Ottoman Lieutenant
 2017/I Security
 2016/I Collide
 2016 The Jungle Book
Bagheera (voice)
 2016/I Of Dogs and Men (Short)
The Caller (voice)
 2015/II The Walk
Papa Rudy
 2015 Tut (TV Mini-Series)
- Part Three: Destiny (2015) ... Ay
- Part Two: Betrayal (2015) ... Ay
- Part One: Power (2015) ... Ay
 2015 Self/less
 2015 Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse (Video)
Drago (voice)
 2015/I Life
Jack Warner
 2015 Knight of Cups (voice)
 2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Merenkahre (Ahk's Father)
 2014 Robot Overlords
Robin Smythe
 2014 Learning to Drive
 2014 The Boxtrolls
Archibald Snatcher (voice)
 2014 Stonehearst Asylum
Silas Lamb
 2014 Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King (Video short)
Trevor Slattery
 2014 Jaguar: Rendezvous (Video short)
 2014/I War Story
 2013 The Physician
Ibn Sina
 2013 Ender's Game
Mazer Rackham
 2013 Walking with the Enemy
Regent Miklos Horthy
 2013 A Common Man
The Man
 2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything
Lawrence Konrad
 2013 Iron Man Three
Trevor Slattery
 2012 A Therapy (Short)
 2012 The Dictator
 2012/III Noah
Narrator (voice)
 2011 Hugo
Georges Méliès
 2010 Fable III (Video Game)
Sabine (voice, as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2010 Aral. El mar perdido (Short) (voice)
 2010 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series)
Stanley Wilson
- Episode #6.166 (2010) ... Stanley Wilson (uncredited)
 2010 Teen Patti
Perci Trachtenberg
 2010 Shutter Island
Dr. Cawley
 2009 Journey to Mecca
 2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking
 2008 The Love Guru
Guru Tugginmypudha
 2008 War, Inc.
Walken / The Viceroy
 2008/I Elegy
David Kepesh
 2008 The Wackness
Dr. Squires
 2008 Transsiberian
 2007 The Ten Commandments
Narrated by (voice)
 2007 You Kill Me
Frank Falenczyk
 2007 The Last Legion
Ambrosinus / Merlin
 2006 Jackanory (TV Series)
 2006 Lucky Number Slevin
The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2005 BloodRayne
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Herman Tarnower
 2005 Oliver Twist
 2005 A Sound of Thunder
Charles Hatton (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2004 Suspect Zero
Benjamin O'Ryan
 2004 Thunderbirds
The Hood
 2003 House of Sand and Fog
 2002 Tuck Everlasting
Man in the Yellow Suit
 2002 Spooky House
The Great Zamboni
 2001 The Triumph of Love
 2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Specialist (voice)
 2001 Anne Frank: The Whole Story (TV Mini-Series)
Otto Frank
- Episode #1.2 (2001) ... Otto Frank
- Episode #1.1 (2001) ... Otto Frank
 2000 Sexy Beast
Don Logan
 2000 Rules of Engagement
Ambassador Mourain
 2000 What Planet Are You From?
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
Major Caterpillar
 1999 The Confession
Harry Fertig
 1998 Parting Shots
Renzo Locatelli
 1998 Crime and Punishment (TV Movie)
 1997 The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie)
Sweeney Todd
 1997 Photographing Fairies
Reverend Templeton
 1997 The Assignment
 1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie)
Julian Messenger
 1997 Ceremony of Innocence (Video Game)
Victor Frolatti (voice)
 1995 Moses (TV Movie)
 1995 Species
Xavier Fitch
 1995 Joseph (TV Movie)
 1994 Death and the Maiden
Dr. Roberto Miranda
 1993 Schindler's List
Itzhak Stern
 1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer
Bruce Pandolfini
 1993 Dave
Vice-President Nance
 1992 Sneakers
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Freddie (voice)
 1991 Bugsy
Meyer Lansky
 1991 L'amore necessario
 1991 The War That Never Ends (TV Movie)
 1990 The Children
Martin Boyne
 1990 O Quinto Macaco
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Father Capulet (voice)
 1990 Una vita scellerata
 1989 Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (TV Movie)
Simon Wiesenthal
 1989 Slipstream
 1988 Il treno di Lenin (TV Movie)
 1988 Testimony
Dmitri Shostakovich
 1988 Without a Clue
Dr. Watson
 1988 Pascali's Island
Basil Pascali
 1988 Secret of the Sahara (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Sholomon
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Sholomon
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Sholomon
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Sholomon
 1987 Maurice
 1985 Silas Marner (TV Movie)
Silas Marner
 1985 Harem
 1985 Turtle Diary
William Snow
 1984 Camille (TV Movie)
 1984 Oxbridge Blues (TV Series)
Geoff Craven
- Sleeps Six (1984) ... Geoff Craven
 1983 Kean (TV Movie)
Edmund Kean
 1983 Betrayal
 1982 The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie)
Frank Ford
 1982 Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
 1980 Vikings! (TV Series)
- Halfdan Was Here (1980)
 1979 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1979) ... Ivanov
 1976-1979 Crown Court (TV Series)
Jeremy Leigh
- Baby Love: Part 1 (1979) ... Jeremy Leigh
- Lola: Part 3 (1976) ... Jeremy Leigh
- Lola: Part 2 (1976) ... Jeremy Leigh
- Lola: Part 1 (1976) ... Jeremy Leigh
 1978 Thank You, Comrades (TV Movie)
 1977 The Velvet Glove (TV Series)
- The Warrior's Return (1977) ... Chakravarti
 1976 Dickens of London (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. John Elliotson
- Magic (1976) ... Dr. John Elliotson
- Dreams (1976) ... Dr. John Elliotson
 1975 The Love School (TV Series)
- The Artisan (1975) ... Rossetti
- Beata Beatrix (1975) ... Rossetti
- Remember Me (1975) ... Rossetti
- An Impeccable Elopement (1975) ... Rossetti
- The Brotherhood (1975) ... Rossetti
 1974 2nd House (TV Series)
- Athol Fugard (1974)
 1974 Antony and Cleopatra (TV Movie)
 1973 Wessex Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Uplandtowers
- Barbara of the House of Grebe (1973) ... Lord Uplandtowers
 1973 Play for Today (TV Series)
- Hard Labour (1973) ... Naseem
 1973 A Misfortune (TV Movie)
 1973 Full House (TV Series)
The Misfortune cast member
- Episode dated 13 January 1973 (1973) ... The Misfortune cast member
 1973 The Adventurer (TV Series)
- The Good Book (1973) ... Pierre
 1972 Fear Is the Key
 1966-1967 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Ron Jenkins
- Episode #1.649 (1967) ... Ron Jenkins
- Episode #1.648 (1967) ... Ron Jenkins
- Episode #1.618 (1966) ... Ron Jenkins
- Episode #1.617 (1966) ... Ron Jenkins
- Episode #1.616 (1966) ... Ron Jenkins
 1966 Orlando (TV Series)
Peter Batterby
- All in the Book (1966) ... Peter Batterby
- Find the Lady (1966) ... Peter Batterby
- Victory in Sight (1966) ... Peter Batterby
- The Rhyme, But No Reason (1966) ... Peter Batterby
- Skin Deep (1966) ... Peter Batterby
 1966 Pardon the Expression (TV Series)
- The Switched-On Scene (1966) ... Roy
  Ich bin dann mal Charlie
Bernard Maris (rumored)
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He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Merry Wives of Windsor", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with John Woodvine, John McEnery and David Threlfall in the cast. Trevor Nunn and John Caird were directors. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ben Kingsley


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Personal Quote:

I actually don't ever really socialize on the film-set. I'm hermit-like. I go home, get room service and I work on the lines for tomorrow, because that's my job. I can have fun other ways, other times, but for me the joy of acting is to know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. See more »


At the age of ten, he went busking outside a cinema with his friend Shirley Edwards in Llanelli, South Wales. See more »


Often portrays sinister villains or sympathetic friends of the main character See more »

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