Ben Kingsley

  • Ben Kingsley
    • Famous as : Actor
    • Birth Name : Krishna Pandit Bhanji
    • Birth Date : December 31, 1943
    • Birth Place : Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK
    • Spouse : Angela Morant (actress, 1996 - 1972), Alison Sutcliffe (theatrical director, 1-Jul-78 - 1-Feb-92), Alexandra Christmann (3-Oct-03 - 8-Feb-05), Daniela Lavender (actress, since 3-Sep-07)
    • Claim to Fame : As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi "Bapu" in "Gandhi" (1982)

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Krishna Bhanji was born on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire to a Kenya-born doctor of Indian descent named Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji and an English-born fashion model and actress of Jewish-European extraction, Anna Lyna Mary Bhanji. Krishna, as he soon known as an English actor of Indian-Gujarati and Russian-Jewish descent, derived his stage name Ben Kingsley, from his Zanzibar spice trader grandfather's nickname, Clove King.

Previously educated at Manchester Grammar School, Kingsley began his London stage debut in 1966 as the narrator of "A Smashing Day" produced by Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. Writing the music as well as singing and playing guitar for the same production, Kingsley was suggested by John Lennon and Ringo Starr to go into music and that if he didn't, "he would regret it for the rest of his life." Kingsley was once subsequently offered a deal by the same publishers who handled the Beatles, but his love to acting drove him to remain an actor.

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