29 Facts About Sir Ben Kingsley

1. Sir Ben Kingsley was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire on December 31, 1943.

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2. Sir Ben Kingsley voiced a computer-animated version of the panther Bagheera in the 2016 live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

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3. Sir Ben Kingsley made his film debutin Fear Is the Key.

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4. Sir Ben Kingsley was born on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England.

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5. On March 19, 2002, Sir Ben Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, an honor about which he has expressed deep pride.

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6. Sir Ben Kingsley wed Brazilian actress Daniela Barbosa de Carneiro, aka Daniela Lavender, in 2007 in a small, private ceremony.

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7. Sir Ben Kingsley earned his second Academy Award nomination for his sharp-edged supporting turn as Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in the Warren Beatty vehicle Bugsy.

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8. Sir Ben Kingsley was born on December 31, 1943 in the village of Snainton, North Yorkshire, England.

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9. In 2014 Sir Ben Kingsley voiced a scrofulous cross-dressing pest exterminator in the animated adventure The Boxtrolls and joined the ensemble of Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings as the Jewish elder Nun.

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10. Sir Ben Kingsley garnered another Oscar nomination for his role as an Iranian immigrant being harassed by the former owner of his new home in House of Sand and Fog.

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11. Sir Ben Kingsley continued to embrace diverse roles into the early 21st century.

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12. Sir Ben 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.

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13. Sir Ben Kingsley tells Matthew Parris why holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel means so much to him.

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14. In May 2010, Sir Ben Kingsley was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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15. Sir Ben Kingsley was awarded the Indian civilian honour Padma Shri in 1984.

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16. Sir Ben Kingsley has denied accusations that he prefers to be referred to by his title, saying, "If I've ever insisted on being called 'Sir' by colleagues on a film set then I am profoundly sorry.

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17. Since then, Sir Ben Kingsley appears to have altered his stance; credits for his latest films refer to him as Ben Kingsley.

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18. Sir Ben Kingsley was created a Knight Bachelor in the 2002 New Year Honours for services to the British film industry.

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19. Sir Ben Kingsley voiced Bagheera in Disney's reboot of The Jungle Book, and recorded Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi in book-on-tape format.

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20. In 2015, Sir Ben Kingsley played a driving instructor in the film Learning to Drive.

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21. Sir Ben Kingsley appeared in Scorsese's next film, Hugo, and signed up to appear in a new feature by Neil Jordan and John Boorman entitled Broken Dream.

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22. Sir Ben Kingsley won a Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2001.

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23. Sir Ben Kingsley found fame as Mohandas Gandhi in the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi in 1982.

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24. Sir Ben Kingsley continued starring in bit roles in both film and television, including a role as Ron Jenkins on the soap opera Coronation Street from 1966 to 1967 and regular appearances as a defence counsel in the long-running British legal programme Crown Court.

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25. Sir Ben Kingsley made the transition to film roles early on, with his first role coming in Fear Is the Key, released in 1972.

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26. Sir Ben Kingsley took his stage name from his father's nickname of "Benji" and his paternal grandfather's nickname of "King Cloves".

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27. Sir Ben Kingsley was appointed Knight Bachelor in 2002 for services to the British film industry.

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28. Sir Ben Kingsley is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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29. Sir Ben Kingsley was born on Krishna Pandit Bhanji; 31 December 1943 and is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years.

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