Daniela Lavender

Daniela Lavender

Daniela Lavender
Born Daniela Barbosa de Carneiro
1974 (age 39–40)
Bahia, Brazil
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Ben Kingsley (2007–present)

Daniela Lavender, Lady Kingsley (born in 1974,[1] former name Daniela Barbosa)[1] is a Brazilian actress, appearing on Brazilian television, and English-language television, film and stage, including touring with the British Shakespeare Company.

Early life

Born in Bahia, Brazil, Lavender is part of a close knit 30-strong family.[2] At the age of eight, Lavender began training in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. Lavender studied Flamenco dancing under Roberto Amaral and Yolanda Arroyo in Los Angeles. Lavender received a journalism degree from PUC University and studied drama at Dirceu de Mattos school[3] in Rio de Janeiro, studied English for a year and traveled to London. She auditioned for the London International School of Performing Arts, playing ‘Queen Anne’ from Shakespeare's Richard III, and passed the audition in spite of the language barrier.[2] On 3 September 2007, she married Ben Kingsley.[4]

Acting career

Lavender appeared in the low budget independent film Emotional Backgammon (2003),[4][5] and was awarded "Best Actress" at the Denver Film Festival.[6] Lavender appeared in Ali G Indahouse and the BBC series Longitude, EastEnders,[7] and Casualty.[8] Lavender toured with the British Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2009, playing Hippolyta and Titania.[9][10] Lavender is starring in Taj, the first production from Kingsley's production company, based on the story of the Taj Mahal.[11] In the film, Lavender will portray Princess Kandahari Begum, appearing with Kingsley for the first time.

Lavender made her theatre debut at London's Tabard Theatre in March 2011 in A Woman Alone. The play was produced by Jason Greer with its preview hosted by Emmanuel Ray.

Other work

Lavender has supported Action for Brazil's Children Trust (ABC) as an ambassador, to raise awareness and funding to assist the disadvantaged.[12]

Personal life

Lavender married English actor Ben Kingsley on 3 September 2007.


Film and television

Year Title
2000 Longitude
2001 Down to Earth
2001 Casualty
2002 Ali G Indahouse
2002 Manchild[13]
2003 Emotional Backgammon
2003 EastEnders
2004 Paixão Crua[14]
2009 Midsummer Night's Dream
2009 Precious[15]
2010 The Scientist
2013 A Birder's Guide to Everything


Year Title Venue
2011 A Woman Alone Tabard Theatre[16][17]
Viva Maria Ovalhouse
The Beelzebub Sonata Gate Theatre
Steel Magnolias The Troubadour
Tartuffe The Troubadour
Sexual Perversity In Chicago The Troubadour
Lysistrata The Troubadour
A Voice Screaming to Heaven The Troubadour
Viva O Pova Brazileiro Shanty Towns
Lanterna De Fogo Princesa Isabel
Trouser Press Independent
Nick Cave
Mulheres De Areia


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • "As brasileiras de Bollywood". Globo.
  • "Ben Kingsley's Wife Attracts the crowds to Dublin drama". Herald.ie
  • "The Stars Come Out to Play". Globe and Mail.
  • "Ben Kingsley gets romantic at Taj". GlamSham.com.