February 21, 2024

Kingsley Ben-Adir (born 20 November 1986; Age: 37 years old) has established himself as a distinguished British actor and model, gaining widespread recognition for his standout role in the renowned series Peaky Blinders, which catalysed his prominence in the entertainment industry.

His recent endeavours include a notable appearance in an upcoming American biographical musical drama film, where he takes on the pivotal role of Bob Marley in the highly acclaimed production Bob Marley: One Love. 

Early Life

Ben-Adir was born and raised in Kentish Town, London. He grew up under the care of his parent. His father is a musician, while his mother is a caregiver. His paternal grandparents were born in England. 

The foundations of his academic journey were laid at Rhyl Street Primary School in Kentish Town, London, NW5, where he completed his basic education. Subsequently, for his secondary education, Ben-Adir attended William Ellis School in Gospel Oak, Northwest London. Here, he continued to shape his intellect and interests.

Culminating his educational pursuits, Ben-Adir graduated from the esteemed Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011, marking the completion of a significant chapter in his life and paving the way for his future endeavours in the world of performing arts.

Career

Kingsley Ben-Adir embarked on his illustrious career with a promising start while still in school. His initial breakthrough came with a role in Gillian Slovo’s play, “The Riots,” staged at the Tricycle Theatre. Displaying his versatility early on, he portrayed Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2012.

Building on his early successes, Ben-Adir expanded his repertoire through various roles in movies and theatre. Notable among his stage performances was his portrayal of Borachio in Mark Rylance’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the prestigious Old Vic in London. His role in “God’s Property” at the Soho Theatre in 2013 also left a lasting impression.

Between 2017 and 2019, Kingsley Ben-Adir garnered widespread recognition after he graced the screen in the acclaimed BBC One television series “Peaky Blinders,” leaving an indelible mark across series four and five with his compelling portrayal of Colonel Ben Younger.

The turning point in Ben-Adir’s career came when he assumed the role of Malcolm X in the Amazon Studios film “One Night in Miami…” directed by the acclaimed Regina King in 2020. This compelling performance garnered widespread acclaim and marked his ascent to mainstream recognition.

In February 2022, Ben-Adir secured the coveted role of Bob Marley in the highly anticipated biopic “Bob Marley: One Love,” directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and scheduled for release on 14 February 2024. This portrayal promises to be a milestone in his career, showcasing his ability to embody iconic figures. He would be acting alongside industry celebrities, including Lashana Lynch and Michael Gandolfini.

Filmography

  • The Riots 
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
  • Much Ado About Nothing 
  • God’s Property
  • One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)
  • Bob Marley: One Love
  • Barbie (Ensemble Cast)
  • Secret Invasion (Marvel Cinematic Universe) as Gravik

Personal Life

Ben-Adir has kept a low profile regarding his personal life, maintaining a level of privacy. Nevertheless, the talented Irish actress Denise Gough has photographed him on multiple occasions. Despite ongoing speculation about a potential relationship, neither has officially confirmed or addressed any details about their connection.

Social Media

Net Worth

Kingsley Ben-Adir’s net worth has experienced substantial growth throughout the years. He has an estimated net worth of about US$3 million.


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