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BEN KINGSLEY (The Mandarin) won the Academy Award, two Golden Globes and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting performance in the title role of "Gandhi." In 1984 the government of India awarded him the Padma Shri, which was presented to him by Indira Gandhi. Kingsley went on to earn three additional Oscar nominations for "Bugsy" (1991), "Sexy Beast" (2000) and "House of Sand and Fog" (2003). His diverse roles range from Vice President Nance in "Dave" to Fagin in "Oliver Twist."

Kingsley recently completed production on four films: "A Common Man," "The Physician," "A Birder's Guide to Everything" and "Ender's Game." He was seen in Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator," following roles in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" and "Shutter Island," as well as Mike Newell's "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time." He also starred opposite Penélope Cruz in the sexually charged "Elegy" 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, the Audience Award-winning and Grand Jury Prize-nominated "The Wackness," in which he plays a drug-addled psychiatrist, and the crime thriller "Transsiberian," as a mysterious traveler opposite Woody Harrelson. He also starred in "Fifty Dead Men Walking," a thriller set against the dangerous backdrop of 1980s Ireland, and the more lighthearted crime comedy "War, Inc." opposite John Cusack.

Steeped in British theater, 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," Brutus in "Julius Caesar" 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 roles in "Betrayal," "Turtle Diary," "Harem," "Pascali's Island," "Without a Clue" and "The Children" opposite Kim Novak. During the 1990s, Kingsley distinguished himself through such roles as Meyer Lansky in "Bugsy," "Sneakers" and "Searching for Bobby Fischer." 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 starred in "Rules of Engagement," "What Planet Are You From?," "Lucky Number Slevin," "You Kill Me" and the Roman Empire saga "The Last Legion."

Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year's Eve Honors List 2001.


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