Who is Kingsley Ben Adir?
Born in 1986 in Gospel Oak, London, England, Kingsley Ben-Adir is an actor, best known for his role in the television series “Vera”, playing pathologist Marcus Summer. He also appeared in the series “The OA”, as the private detective character Karim Washington.
The Riches of Kingsley Ben-Adir
As of mid-2020, Kingsley Ben-Adir’s net worth is estimated to be over $1.5 million earned through a successful acting career. He has appeared in several notable television shows and films during his career, in the profession since 2012, and has a strong presence in the theater scene as well.
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Beginning of early life, education and career
Growing up, Kingsley developed an interest in acting and the performing arts. He attended William Ellis School in his hometown, which was founded by the businessman of the same name, and is an all-boys school. After graduating from matriculation, he pursued his interest in acting by enrolling in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The conservatory was founded in 1880 and is the leading international conservatory, with students from more than 70 countries.
The school is known for its performing arts program which is internationally recognized. Some of the most notable graduates include Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig and Sir Bryn Terfel.
Just a year after graduating from college, he began pursuing professional acting projects, first on stage. He made his stage debut in the play “The Riots”, which tells the story of the 2011 riots in England, which involved looting and arson. The protests began after a local man was shot dead by police. The play features actual experiences and stories told by people present at the event, and was critically acclaimed
In the following years, Ben-Adir continued with a focus on stage work, appearing in a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ which aired at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theater in the role of Demetrius, one of the lovers in the play, who calls off his engagement to pursue another woman. This Shakespearean piece is one of the most adapted on stage around the world. He then worked on another Shakespearean production – “Much Ado About Nothing” – written by Shakespeare during the middle of his career.
After this work, he made his television debut in “Agatha Christie’s Marple”, a show based on the short stories of Agatha Christie who was known for her crime novels.
Soon after, he made his big screen debut in “World War Z”, a film adaptation of the Max Brooks book of the same name. However, his role was not mentioned as he only appeared briefly. He continued to work on stage, with some of his projects including “God’s Property” and “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Hero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 “.
In 2014, Kingsley was cast in one of his notable roles in the television series “Vera”, based on the series of novels written by Ann Cleeves, which tells the adventures of the titular Vera Stanhope.
The show stars Brenda Blethyn as a nearly retired employee who still clings to her job and struggles with myriad issues along the way. He was part of the show from 2014 to 2016, briefly returning as a guest in 2018.
At the same time, he had other projects, including a cameo appearance in both “Midsomer Murders” and “Peaky Blinders”. The latter is a show set just after World War I, based on a fictional crime family operating in Birmingham, England, and inspired by the Peaky Blinders youth gang that existed in the 19th century. He also returned to film, appearing in “Violation against usalongside Sean Harris, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender.
In 2017, he was cast in the movie “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” which, as the name implies, is inspired by Arthurian legends and folklore.
After working on the series “Deep State”, Ben-Adir then attracted a bit more international attention when he worked in the Netflix series “The OA”. The show follows the story of a blind young woman who has been missing for seven years and resurfaces with a different identity and sight. The show contained aspects of fantasy, science fiction and supernatural elements; it was supposed to complete its story in five seasons, but it was cancelled after the second season, the show ended on a cliffhanger.
He also had a minor role in the movie “The Commuter”, starring Liam Neeson and Vera Farmiga. The film received mixed reviews, mainly due to the fact that it was similar to a film the director made that also starred Neeson, although the actor received critical acclaim for his performance. Kingsley next appeared in the Christmas movie “Noelle”, before working on “The Photography”, about a photographer who falls in love with a journalist studying the life of his dead mother.
In recent years, he has starred in a number of productions, including the film ‘One Night in Miami’ alongside Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge, based on the Kemp Powers play of the same name. He is also working on the show “A Higher Loyalty”, based on the James Comey book of the same name.
Kingsley is single and no past or present relationships have been reported. He prefers to keep to himself, has no social media accounts and rarely interacts with the media. He is very athletic and usually spends time in the gym training his body. He has a background in gymnastics and still does some gymnastics exercises to keep fit.