Kingsley Ben-Adir

Kingsley Ben-Adir – “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2017 – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Birth Name: Kingsley Guadalupi

Place of Birth: Barnet, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 20 November, 1986

*father – European
*mother – African-Trinidadian

Kingsley Ben-Adir, full name Kingsley Zachariah Ben-Adir, is a British actor. His roles include the films Trespass Against Us, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, The Commuter, Noelle, One Night in Miami…, as Malcolm X; Barbie (2023), and Bob Marley: One Love, as the title character; and the series Vera (2014), Peaky Blinders, Deep State (2018), The OA, High Fidelity, The Comey Rule, as U.S. President Barack Obama; Soulmates, and Secret Invasion.

His father is a musician and his mother, Ruth, is a caregiver.

His father is of European descent, possibly Italian. His mother was born in England, to Trinidadian parents, who had come to England to work for the NHS. Kingsley’s mother is a convert to Judaism. Ruth, as well as Kingsley and his brother, took the surname Ben-Adir, with ben adir being Hebrew for “son of the mighty” or “the strong.”


10 Responses

  1. comrade says:

    His middle name is Zachariah and his birth year is 1986.

    Ben-Adir is his mothers surname, she’s Black British born in London. His father or stepfather’s name suggests he’s Turkish not moroccan. They married in 1999 (they have since divorced from what I can gather) Both could be moroccan but Ben-Adir is a Jewish surname meaning ‘son of the strong one’. There is no birth record for a Kingsley Ben-Adir in the UK. Not even a Kingsley Zachariah [surname]. No other births with the surname Ben-Adir, only a marriage for his mother. There’s an article about a mother (Ben-Adir) living with her 2 sons, one named Kingsley, in council house worth £2million in Camden. Here are the articles:

    I think his mother might be half-Jewish or a convert. My guess would be he’s Black British, Jewish (?), Moroccan.

  2. andrew says:

    He looks way more SSA-influenced than average Moroccan (he’s basically a mulatto) to believe than he’s even half English!

    If so his father must be from Southern Morocco and with strong West African roots, or his mother is not a white English woman. One of the two options.

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