Top 5000
Down 458 this week

Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor, and also began to ... See full bio »

Scary Good: IMDb's Guide to Horror

Can't get enough of movies and TV shows that scare up a good fright? Check out Scary Good, IMDb's Horror Entertainment Guide.

Enter if you dare

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

Projects In Development

Details only on IMDbPro »

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 people
created 14 May 2011
a list of 37 people
created 23 Sep 2011
a list of 48 people
created 10 Apr 2012
a list of 26 people
created 09 Jun 2012
a list of 21 people
created 29 Jul 2013

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Ben Kingsley's work have you seen?

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Schindler's List
Schindler's List Itzhak Stern
Shutter Island
Shutter Island Dr. Cawley
Hugo Georges Méliès
Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (131 credits)
 2017 An Ordinary Man (post-production)
The General
 2017 Security (completed)
 2016/I Of Dogs and Men (Short) (completed)
The Caller (voice)
  Watership Down (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
General Woundwort
- Episode #1.4 ... General Woundwort (voice)
- Episode #1.3 ... General Woundwort (voice)
- Episode #1.2 ... General Woundwort (voice)
- Episode #1.1 ... General Woundwort (voice)
 2016 The Ottoman Lieutenant
 2016/I Collide
 2016 The Jungle Book
Bagheera (voice)
 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 (Video 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 (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
 1966 Pardon the Expression (TV Series)
- The Switched-On Scene (1966) ... Roy
  Ich bin dann mal Charlie
Bernard Maris (rumored)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (5 credits)
Show Show Self (168 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (17 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Richard III", at the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Norman Rodway, Patrick Stewart, Ian Richardson, Peter Egan and Helen Mirren in the cast. Terry Hands was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Sir Ben Kingsley


5' 8" (1.73 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on his heritage] I'm not Jewish... and though there might be some Russian-Jewish heritage way back on my mother's side, the thread is so fine there's no real evidence. See more »


Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1998. See more »


Rich, mellifluous voice and Shakespearean bearing See more »

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
happy birthday sir Ben Dr-girlfriend
Greatest actor to appear in the most terrible movies? Triagain5
what is Sir Ben Kingsly's best or most memorable movie performance? HeyyJude1968
The actor who most needs to GET OVER himself: FactoryGirl
Hot! filmfan1986
I have discovered you Ben Kingsley dingusbird
Discuss Ben Kingsley on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page