Sir Ben Kingsley, a versatile Hollywood actor was born as Krishna Bhanji Pandit in Snainton, North Riding Of Yorkshire on 31 December, 1943.
He is well known for his role as M.K. Gandhi in the movie Gandhi (1982) which won him an Academy Award. The actor has won various awards including, an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Awards in his career. His very first movie – Fear Is The Key won him BAFTA award for the best leading actor.
Did you know that he has Indian origins? His father Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji was a Kenya born doctor of Indian Gujarati descent! He married Anna Lyna Mary Goodman who was a Hollywood actress. They had four children – two girls and two boys. Ben Kingsley was one among them.
The actor’s grandfather, was a successful spice trader who was an Indian and had later moved to Zanzibar. The move to Britian happened years later, when the actor’s father was 14 years old.
Kingsley married 4 women, Angel Morant, Alison Sutcliffe, Alexandra Christmann and his current spouse, Daniela Lavender. Daniela married Ben Kingsley in 2007 and is a Brazilian actress. His first Indian movie was Teen patti with Amitabh Bachchan and Shraddha Kapoor.
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