If he hadn’t, I honestly believe he might not have made it, he might not have met my mum and I would not exist.’ Does his dad give him tips?‘My parents were always pretty upfront about how difficult acting can be.“I was told by a very senior director at the Royal Shakespeare company that he felt that I would always play servants, and never play kings and leading men, politicians, leaders of their country.I'm ticking all the boxes here because I've played them all.”“I think that if you are aware that people might have limits on your expectations, I think for me personally I've found that exciting and a great spur, because I will always say, 'Oh yes I can'.On March 19, 2002, Kingsley was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, an honor about which he has expressed deep pride.The day before I’m due to meet Ferdinand Kingsley, actor son of Sir Ben, he sends me a message to introduce himself via Twitter. ’ he quips merrily, for absolutely no reason at all since I hadn’t actually imagined that he would be.
He has two half-siblings, Thomas and Jasmin Bhanji, from his father’s first marriage, when Ben was still called Krishna Pandit Bhanji (he changed his name because he was worried about getting work).
And I've always found that a joyful experience.”“I told you about my parents, and the fact that any kind of embrace was totally absent from my life. I felt like stopping people in the street, saying my mum loves me, you know. The filling of a vacuum in the universe”“In Shakespeare, we see archetypal patterns of human behaviour that are flawlessly rendered, which comfort us, provoke us, offer us explanations, and which I’ve been attempting to pass on in every role that I do since.”A highly prolific performer, Sir Ben Kingsley is an Academy Award-winning actor known for his work in films like 'Gandhi,' 'Bugsy,' 'Schindler’s List,' 'House of Sand and Fog,' 'Sexy Beast' and 'Hugo,' among many others.
Born on December 31, 1943, in Snainton, England, Khrishna Bhanji switched his name to Ben Kingsley and developed a stage career with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Ferdinand does feels connected to his Gujarati heritage and to the name Bhanji, he says, but also to his own surname ‘since without it I wouldn’t exist.
Dad made it up at a time when it was incredibly hard for someone with a foreign name to get work.