Daniela Lavender

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Daniela Lavender
Born Daniela Barbosa de Carneiro
(1974-12-14) 14 December 1974 (age 43)
Bahia, Brazil
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Sir Ben Kingsley (m. 2007)

Daniela Lavender, Lady Kingsley (born 14 December 1974,[1] former name Daniela Barbosa de Carneiro)[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[edit]

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 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro 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[edit]

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 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[edit]

Lavender has supported Action for Brazil's Children Trust (ABC) as an ambassador, to raise awareness and funding to assist the disadvantaged.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Lavender married English actor Ben Kingsley on 3 September 2007.[12]


Film and television[edit]

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
2015 Tut


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 Povo Brasileiro Shanty Towns
Lanterna De Fogo Princesa Isabel
Trouser Press Independent
Nick Cave
Mulheres De Areia


  1. ^ a b Simpson, Richard (25 January 2006). "Has Sir Ben a new love to ease the pain?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Soutar, Ian (13 August 2009). "Lady's not afraid of English mud". Sheffield Telegraph. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Schools, Courses, Theatre and Circus" (in Portuguese). Artes.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Sir Ben Kingsley makes Brazilian ex-waitress half his age his 4th wife". Daily Mail. 6 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Emotional Backgammon(2003)". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Award winning actress, Daniela Lavender, stars in husband's, Sir Ben Kingsley, production TAJ (2010)" (Press release). EthnicNow. 27 January 2010. 
  7. ^ ""EastEnders" Episode dated 25 March 2003 (2003)". IMDb. 
  8. ^ ""Casualty" Dirty Laundry (2001)". IMDb. 
  9. ^ "Daniela Lavender: Texto De Shakespeare (2009)" (in Portuguese). Caras.com. 2 July 2009. Archived from the original on 5 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Cast (2009)". British Shakespeare Company. Archived from the original on 5 February 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "event: Daniela Lavender supporting ABC Trust". Action for Brazil's Children Trust. May 2011.
  12. ^ "Kingsley weds Brazilian actress". BBC. 7 September 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  13. ^ Manchild, BBC, 2002. Series 1 episode 3. Dir. David Evans. Character: Spanish Waitress.
  14. ^ "Chemin Sylvia Bernard Casting Director" (doc). Casting Society.
  15. ^ Precious. Cinema Montreal. 2009.
  16. ^ Langton, Richard (7 April 2011). "A Woman Alone — review". Guardian (Webcitation). London. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Bowie-Sell, Daisy (12 April 2011). "A Woman Alone, Tabard Theatre, review". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 

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