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After earning an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes® and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma Gandhi, SIR BEN KINGSLEY (Nizam) continues to bring unequaled detail and nuance to each role. In 1984 Kingsley was awarded the Padma Sri by Indira Gandhi and the government of India. Kingsley went on to earn three additional Oscar® nominations for "Bugsy” (1991), "Sexy Beast” (2000) and "House of Sand and Fog” (2003). His roles have been as diverse as his talents, from a sturdy vice president in "Dave” to the scheming Fagin in "Oliver Twist.” Since being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List 2001, Kingsley has continued to earn honors as a truly international star.

Kingsley can currently be seen starring in Martin Scorsese's 1950s drama "Shutter Island,” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams. Also upcoming is "Teen Patti,” an emotionally riveting and razor-sharp thriller set in India and England that revolves around greed, deception and giant feats of imagination in which he stars with Amitabh Bachchan.

He recently was the star of the sexually charged "Elegy” opposite Penelope Cruz, directed by Isabel Coixet, for which he was nominated British Actor of the Year by the London Critics Circle Film Awards. He starred in two films at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, which give further perspective to his work: The Audience Award-winning and Grand Jury Prize-nominated "The Wackness,” in which he plays a drugaddled psychiatrist opposite Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen; and the crime thriller "Transsiberian,” as a mysterious traveler opposite Woody Harrelson. He also starred in "50 Dead Men,” a thriller set against the dangerous backdrop of 1980s Ireland, and the more lighthearted crime comedy "War, Inc.” opposite John Cusack.

Steeped in British theatre, Kingsley marked the beginning of his professional acting career with his acceptance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967. From roles in "A Midsummer Night's Dream,” "The Tempest,” "Julius Caesar” (as Brutus) and the title roles in "Othello” and "Hamlet,” among others, his more recent and diverse stage roles include those in "The Country Wife,” "The Cherry Orchard,” "A Betrothal” and "Waiting for Godot.”

Kingsley's film career began in 1972 with the thriller "Fear Is the Key,” but his first major role came a decade later in the epic "Gandhi,” directed by Richard Attenborough. He followed this Oscar®-winning performance with such early films as "Betrayal,” "Turtle Diary,” "Harem,” "Pascali's Island,” "Without a Clue” (as Dr. Watson to Michael Caine's Sherlock Holmes) and "The Children,” opposite Kim Novak. During the '90s, Kingsley distinguished himself through such roles as Meyer Lansky in "Bugsy,” "Sneakers,” "Searching for Bobby Fischer” and "Dave.” In 1994 he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his memorable supporting role as Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg's seven-time Oscar® winner "Schindler's List.”

During the past decade, Kingsley has remained a coveted and ubiquitous talent. Beginning with such films as "Rules of Engagement,” "What Planet Are You From?” and an Oscar®-nominated role as a brutal gangster in "Sexy Beast,” he received his most recent Oscar® nomination in 2004 for his performance as a proud Iranian emigrant in the highly acclaimed "House of Sand and Fog.” Among his films in the last several years are Roman Polanski's "Oliver Twist,” the crime drama "Lucky Number Slevin,” John Dahl's "You Kill Me” and the Roman Empire saga "The Last Legion.”

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