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Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, is of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother Anna Lyna Mary, was English. 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 ... See full bio »

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 2016 Collide (completed)
 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 Stonehearst Asylum
Silas Lamb
 2014 Jaguar: Rendezvous (Short)
 2014/I War Story
 2013 Walking with the Enemy
Regent Horthy
 2013 A Common Man
The Man
 2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything
Lawrence Konrad
 2012 A Therapy (Short)
 2012/III Noah
Narrator (voice)
 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
 2009 Journey to Mecca
 2008 Fifty Dead Men Walking
 2008/I Elegy
David Kepesh
 2006 Jackanory (TV Series)
 2006 Lucky Number Slevin
The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2005 BloodRayne
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Herman Tarnower
 2005 A Sound of Thunder
Charles Hatton (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
 2003 Helena: First Pilgrim to the Holy Land (Video)
 2002 Spooky House
The Great Zamboni
 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
 1999 The Confession
Harry Fertig
 1998 Crime and Punishment (TV Movie)
 1997 Photographing Fairies
Reverend Templeton
 1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Movie)
Julian Messenger
 1995 Moses (TV Movie)
 1995 Joseph in Egypt (TV Movie)
 1992 Sneakers
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
Freddie (voice)
 1991 L'amore necessario
 1991 The War That Never Ends (TV Movie)
 1990 O Quinto Macaco
 1990 Romeo.Juliet
Father Capulet (voice)
 1990 Una vita scellerata
 1989 Slipstream
 1988 Lenin: The Train (TV Movie)
 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
 1985 Silas Marner (TV Movie)
Silas Marner
 1985 Harem
 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
 1980 Vikings! (TV Series)
- Halfdan Was Here (1980)
 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
- 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 Pardon the Expression (TV Series)
- The Switched-On Scene (1966) ... Roy
  Ich bin dann mal Charlie
Bernard Maris (rumored)
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Other Works:

He acted in Trevor Griffiths' play, "Occupations," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Place Theatre in London, England with Patrick Stewart, Estelle Kohler, and Sebastian Shaw in the cast. Buzz Goodbody was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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Alternate Names:

Sir Ben Kingsley


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As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I'd still be alive by now. See more »


Kingsley considers it an extraordinary coincidence that five days before Richard Attenborough called him for the role, he was given a library book on Gandhi. See more »


Rich, mellifluous voice and Shakespearean bearing See more »

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