English Actor Ben Kingsley's Rise To Fame in 'Gandhi'

Ben Kingsley "Gandhi" Rise To Fame
December 31, 2020 - 16:09 / Rachel Johnson

Ben Kingsley in Gandhi would be the role that would change his life forever. After rising to prominence on the English theatre stage, Ben would blow critics away playing the part of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi! Here is how he prepared for the Oscar-winning performance and Ben Kingsley's rise to fame following Gandhi

Ben Kingsley as "Gandhi" in Richard Attenborough's 1982 film gained Kingsley much critical acclaim. Born December 31, 1943 as Krishna Pandit Bhanji, Kinglsey was born to his English mother and his father who was born in Kenya but of Gujarati Indian descent. 

The English actor would rise to fame with the Royal Shakespeare Company starring in plays including As You Like It and A Midsummer Night's Dream. While Kingsley would make the transition to film and television in the early 1970s, he would rise to fame with 1982's Gandhi.

Ben Kingsley Gandhi Rise To Fame

Ben Kingsley as "Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi" 1982

Ben Kingsley in Gandhi would be both a critical and financial success. Based on the life of Indian civil rights leader Mohandas Gandhi, Kingsley would star in the titular role and was warmly received by both critics and fans. 

In fact, Ben Kinglsey would win his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as well as a BAFTA and Golden Globe! That's pretty impressive for his first big film!

Ben Kingsley After Gandhi

Ben Kingsley and his wife Daniela Lavender attend the Pride Of Britain Awards 2019

After rising to fame with Gandhi, Ben Kingsley has continued to be a prominent figure in Hollywood with performances in films including:

  • Bugsy (1991)
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • Sexy Beast (2000)
  • House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  • Shutter Island (2010)
  • Iron Man 3 (2013)
  • The Jungle Book as the voice of "Bagheera" (2016)

Most recently you will catch the 77-year-old actor starring in spy thrillers like The Red Sea Diving Resort (2019) and Spider in the Web (2019). When he is not busy acting, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, Brazilian actress Daniela Lavender and his four children.

We sure are glad Ben Kinglsey took on the role of Gandhi four decades ago. What is your favorite Ben Kingsley film?