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17 Exciting Facts Revealed About Ben Kingsley

1. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards.

2. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

3. He is the son of Anna Lyna Mary , a medical doctor.

4. Kingsley studied at the University of Salford and at Pendleton College, which later became home to the Ben Kingsley Theatre.

5. While at college he became involved in amateur dramatics in Manchester, making his professional stage debut on graduation, aged 23.

6. In 1967 he made his London West End theatre debut at the Aldwych Theatre.

7. Later he was spotted by music producer and manager Dick James, who offered to mould Kingsley into a pop star, but Kingsley chose to join the Royal Shakespeare Company after an audition before Trevor Nunn.

8. Devoting himself almost exclusively to stage work for the next 15 years, he made his Broadway debut in 1971 with the RSC.

9. At about this time, he changed his name to Ben Kingsley, fearing that a foreign name would hamper his career; He also starred in the role of Willy Loman in a 1982 production of Death of a Salesman in Sydney, Australia opposite Mel Gibson.

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

11. 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.

12. He found fame only years later, starring as Mohandas Gandhi in the Academy Award-winning film Gandhi in 1982.

13. The film was a critical and financial success, and Kingsley won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.

14. He won a Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2001.

15. In 1997, he provided voice talent for the video game Ceremony of Innocence.

16. In 1998, he was the head of the jury at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.

17. In July 2006, he received an Emmy nomination for his performance in the made-for-TV film Mrs. Harris, in which he played famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower, who was murdered by his jilted lover, Jean Harris.

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