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Ben Kingsley

One of the UK's most respected film, television and theatre actors, Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley's most recent films include John Dahl's YOU KILL ME, Roman Polanski's OLIVER TWIST and Paul McGuigan's LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN. Kingsley received critical acclaim for his performance in Vadim Perelman's HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG, for which he received an Oscar nomination. In 2002, Sir Ben received an Oscar nomination, a Broadcast Film Critics Award, as well as both a SAG and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jonathan Glazer's SEXY BEAST, starring alongside Ray Winstone and Ian McShane.

Kingsley also gained critical acclaim for his appearance in Robert Dornhelm's four-hour television production of ANNE FRANK portraying Anne Frank's father Otto Frank. He received a SAG Award as well as Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a miniseries or feature film for the role.

In 1982, Kingsley won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Sir Richard Attenborough's GANDHI, followed by a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor and Best Newcomer. Kingsley then earned the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actor for his performance in Harold Pinter's PORTRAYAL.

Sir Ben's other film credits include: Steven Spielberg's harrowing holocaust drama SCHINDLER'S LIST, for which he won the London Evening Standard Award and a BAFTA Film nomination; BUGSY, for which he received an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor; Bernardo Bertolucci's TRIUMPH OF LOVE; Stephen Zaillan's BOBBY FISHER; Phylis Nagy's MRS. HARRIS opposite Annette Bening; James Dearden's PASCALI'S ISLAND; Tony Palmer's TESTIMONY; Roman Polanski's DEATH AND THE MAIDEN; Ivan Reitman's DAVE; the narrator in Steven Spielberg's A.I.; and Peter Hyams' SOUND OF THUNDER.

Sir Ben's upcoming films include Brad Anderson's TRANSSIBERIAN; Joshua Seftel's WAR INC, starring alongside brother and sister John and Joan Cusack; and Isabel Coixet's ELEGY featuring Penélope Cruz and Dennis Hopper.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Ben Kingsley Facts

Birth NameKrishna Banji
BirthdayDecember 31, 1943 (77)
BirthplaceScarborough, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Ben Kingsley compared to you?
Awards2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Anne Frank)
1983 Academy Awards: Best Actor (for Gandhi)
1983 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Gandhi)

Selected Filmography

Searching for Bobby Fischer
Learning to Drive
The Love Guru
Iron Man 3
The Life and Faith of CS Lewis
The Jungle Book
Walking With The Enemy
Ender's Game
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