British actor whose real name is Krishna Bhanji. He was born on December 31, 1943 in North Yorkshire. Kenyan parent of Asian origin, had no theatrical training, and decided to become an actor after seeing action with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). His professional career began in regional companies and schools that made tours, but joined the company that he admired, the RSC in 1967. He has remained with the company for many years, and it did work that unveiled him as a smart player with great emotional depth. Among papers of this stage, in the RSC productions, they can highlight the interpretation of Demetrius, in the famous production of Peter Brook's dream of a night of summer (1970), Othello (1985) and Squeers in Nicholas Nickleby (1980). Other noteworthy works include a production of Hamlet; the work of Athol Fugard Hola y Adiós (1973), at the King's Head Theatre; Fly paper in the works of Ben Jonson, Zorro, in the National Theatre (1976); and the premiere of the work of Harold Pinter, betrayal (1982).
As for his film career include his role as Gandhi (1982), Richard Attenborough, which earned him an Oscar for best actor; The list of Schindler (1993) by Steven Spielberg; and the death and the maiden (1995), by Roman Polanski. In 2001 he received the best male performance award in the 14th edition of the European film awards for his work in the Spanish production Sexy-Beast.
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