Ben Kingsley

D.O.B: Dec 31, 1943 |  Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, UK

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Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji 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.

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Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji 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, and also began to have roles in films and TV. His birth name was Krishna Bhanji, but he changed his name to Ben Kingsley soon after gaining fame as a stage actor, fearing that a foreign name could hamper his acting career. Kingsley first earned international fame for his performance in the 1982 movie, Gandhi (1982). His performance as Mahatma Gandhi earned him international fame. He won many awards - including an Oscar for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, BAFTA and London Film Critics Circle Awards. After acting in Gandhi (1982), Ben was recognized as one of the finest British actors. After his international fame for appearing in Gandhi (1982), Kingsley appeared in many other famous movies. His success as an actor continued.