Daniela Lavendar is the much-younger wife of British actor, Ben Kingsley. The couple tied the knot in 2007, and have been happily married ever since.
Here’s what you need to know about Daniela Lavendar.
1. She Toured With the British Shakespeare Company
A passionate actress herself, Lavender studied drama at Dirceu de Mattos school in Rio de Janiero. She later auditioned for the London International School of Performing Arts, where she was chosen to play the role of Queen Anne in the Shakespeare play, Richard III.
In 2009, Lavender toured with the British Shakespeare Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, playing the roles of Hippolyta and Titania.
2. She Has Been Married Before
In 1996, Daniela met and married Ben Lavender, a “successful systems analyst”, according to The Daily Mail. The news outlet reported that Mr. Lavender lived in a mansion flat in Notting Hill. They officially divorced in 2003.
While discussing his relationship with The Daily Mail, Ben Lavender said, “I married in a hurry and it was a big mistake. There is a lot I would like to say about Daniela, but that part of my life is over and I don’t want to drag it all up again.”
3. She Won the Award for Best Actress at the Denver Film Festival
In 2003, Lavendar starred in the low budget indie film, Emotional Backgammon. Her performance earned her the award for “Best Actress” at the Denver Film Festival.
The Brazilian artist then went on to appear in the BBC series Longitude, EastEnders, and Casualty. Lavender’s theater debut took place in March 2011, at London’s Tabard Theater, where she played a role in the play A Woman Alone, produced by Jason Greer.
4. She Studied Journalism and Drama in Rio
According to the Sheffield Telegraph, Lavendar, who grew up the daughter of a policeman and English lecturer, grew up in Bahia, Brazil, and studied journalism and drama in Rio.
She then traveled to London, where she attended drama school. She told The Sheffield Telegraph, “It was a childhood dream to study acting and I chose to come to London rather than do what most Brazilians do and go to America.”
5. She Was Set to Star Opposite in Kingsley in an Indian Epic
According to a 2009 Variety article, Lavender was set to star opposite her husband in the Indian epic film, “Taj”. The news outlet reported that at that time, the screenplay had just been finished by novelist and playwright David Ashton. The film was originally planned to be released in 2010.
In 2014, Inquirer reported that while the film had yet to be made, Kingsley still intends to produce and star in it one day. “I have a wonderful script, and I shall play Shah Jahan. It explains how you turn a scream of grief into an everlasting and beautiful monument. He succeeded. The movie will explain how he did it and the forces that were at play in the creation of the Taj Mahal, and that loss.”