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This week on One on One Riz Khan meets the Yorkshire-born, Shakespearean actor, Ben Kingsley. Originally named Krishna Bhanji, he has consistently proved his versatility with a wide range of roles.
From the terrifingly thuggish mobster, Don Logan in the disturbing 2006 cult movie, Sexy Beast, for which he received an Oscar nomination, to the intense and proud Iranian former military officer struggling to cope as an immigrant in America in The House of Sand and Fog to comedy in Mike Meyers 2008 spoof, The Love Guru.
In spite of his years of talented acting, it was in 1982 that life as a performer changed dramatically for Kingsley.
Cast in the iconic role of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – India's legendary Mahatma Gandhi – Kingsley brought the character to life in an unforgettable way, earning the Best Actor Academy Award for the multi-Oscar winning movie.
Kingsley's achievements and contribution to the arts were recognised by the British establishment naming him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and then knighting him a year later.
Sir Ben Kingsley, as he is now, continues to collect awards for challenging roles that he takes on with relish, but has also started to focus on developing his own production company to make films on subjects that arouse his thespian passion.
This episode of One on One airs from Friday, November 21, 2008.