Sir Ben Kingsley originally named as Krishna Pandit Bhanji, is a very talented English actor
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Ben Kingsley

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Net Worth $ 40 Million
Sir Ben Kingsley originally named as Krishna Pandit Bhanji, is a very talented English actor
Sir Ben Kingsley originally named as Krishna Pandit Bhanji, is a very talented English actor
  • Birthday31st Dec, 43
  • Birth PlaceUnited States
  • Marital statusMarried
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Sir Ben Kingsley originally named as Krishna Pandit Bhanji, is a very talented English actor. Starting his initial career as a theatre artist he has come a long way, till now he has won a number of prestigious awards by showing off his acting skills. He has been honored with esteemed awards including Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, in his long acting career. He gained immense appreciation from in and abroad the country for his role in movie Gandhi as Mohandas Gandhi in the year 1982 and for the same he was also awarded with Academy Award of Best Actor. His extremely excellent work is a big source of inspiration for new generation actors. Ben Kingsley has always been very passionate about his work, this spirit has not only helped him to establish himself as a successful actor but also earned him current net worth of around $ 40 million dollars. This actor has tediously worked and experienced all different kinds of cinemas, from theatre to TV to movies he has made a mark on each and every road that leads to acting industry. His work and roles are well appreciated and remembered in movies including Gandhi, Schindler's List, House of Sand and Fog, Blood Rayne, Turtle Diary, Maurice, Sneakers, Dave, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Pascali's Island, Without a Clue, Suspect Zero, Bugsy, Schindler's List, Silas Marner, Death and the Maiden, Sexy Beast, Hugo and many more. He still remains close to the grounds and has made constant appearances on theatre even. Still believing in himself he is all set to mark new distinctions. Kingsley also known as the Gandhi man, is same at heart, he is a very simple man and believes in following his dreams and passion. He has grown with acting and wholly and solely devoted to it. As per his sayings if someone really wants to show his worth on screen, he should explore himself to all the possible limits. Other than acting he is also very close to his Spelebury House in Oxfordshire that is lavishly built on three acres during the nineteenth century and is very well decorated according to his exclusive taste and style for his peaceful living. Kingsley is a wealthy man but also understands his duty towards the society, he very eagerly participates in charity functions and also is a big donator to the various charity organizations, specially those working for causes including Abuse, Health, Peace, Physical Challenges, Animals, Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Children, Conservation, Education, Environment. Ben Kingsley was born 31st December 1943, in Snainton, North Yorkshire, England, to a Kenya based Gujarati doctor Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji and English model and actor Anna Lyna Mary as Krishna Pandit Bhanji, which he later changed as Ben Kingsley as he felt that foreign name may affect his career in a positive way. Initially when he decided to pursue acting as a profession, at first he was refused by the Royal Academy of Arts, but after constant struggle he finally started with theatre and a television serial Coronation Street and today he is one amongst the best known actors. Coming to his family and love life, sadly it has been little unstable. Kingsley married four times and from his first wife Angela Morant fathered two kids "Thomas" and "Jasmin" Bhanji, and two more children "Edmund Kingsley" and "Ferdinand Kingsley" from his second wife Alison Sutcliffe. He divorced his third wife Alexandra Christmann for cheating on him and is now living happily with his fourth wife Daniela Lavender. We wish him best of luck for coming times!

Quotes

  • One of the greatest things drama can do, at it's best, is to redefine the words we use every day such as love, home, family, loyalty and envy. Tragedy need not be a downer.
  • I just loved playing a man who was unafraid of making an idiot of himself in the process of falling in love. I found that admirable.
  • I try and reduce myself to an almost blank slate and hope to God that I am creative.
  • When you drop your guard in films, the acting process compensates. You get lazy and you start acting.
  • I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.

Did you know?

  • He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
  • His best-known role to date is in the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi in 1982.
  • He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Mohandas Gandhi in film Gandhi.
  • He won a Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2001.
  • He won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Nonmusical Recording for The Words of Gandhi in 1984.
  • He was awarded the Indian civilian honour Padma Shri in 1984.
  • He was honoured with the Fellowship Award at The Asian Awards in London in 20`3.

Family & relationships

Ben Kingsley Estates and Homes (1)

Oxfordshire home

Oxfordshire home

Ben Kingsley bought the luxurious Spelsbury House in 1998. It was extensively renovated by renowned architect Michael Reardon and elements of Gothic architecture were incorporated to suit his tastes. The house was constructed in the middle of the ninetieth century and its estimated value today is 15 million USD. 

Location: The estate is located in the scenic countryside of Oxfordshire in England. 

Accommodation: Spread over 3 acres, the estate offers a very beautiful view of the lush green English countryside. It has a massive living room, three bedrooms and a dining room. A big entrance hall adorned with a wooden staircase welcomes the visitors inside. The kitchen has been fitted with all the latest modern amenities like microwave and dishwasher. A thatched roof house located next to the main house serves as a guest room. The courtyard gives way to a very beautiful garden. The garage can accommodate up to 6 cars.

Features: A mix of expensive and modern antique furniture has been used to decorate the house. The modern furniture has been sourced from the nearby workshops of Oxfordshire and their design reflects the history of the area. The living room is adorned with a Rococostyle console table where the Oscar award won by the actor occupies the pride of place. A 19th-century painted Italian mirror and the walnut William Morris armchair complete the grand look. The master bedroom is decorated with antique furniture like a rosewood four-poster bed, a Swiss blanket chest, a Louis XV–style settee. The kitchen features a Victorian pine table. Expensive paintings like Patrick Morrison’s “The Accordionist” and “Lovasok” by Hungarian master Kádát line the walls of the mansion. The rugs have been sourced from Morocco and the Murano glass chandelier from Italy. The house is warmed by imported Californian gas heaters. 

Neighborhood: Famous people like comedian Rowan Atkinson and tennis star Tim Henman reside in Kingsley’s neighborhood.

The entrance hall

The entrance hall

The living hall

The living hall

The dining table

The dining table

A Victorian pine table in the kitchen

A Victorian pine table in the kitchen

The master bedroom

The master bedroom

Living room corner

Living room corner
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