Daniela Lavender

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Daniela Lavender
BornDaniela Barbosa de Carneiro
(1974-12-14) 14 December 1974 (age 39)
Bahia, Brazil
Spouse(s)Ben Kingsley (2007–present)
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Daniela Lavender
BornDaniela Barbosa de Carneiro
(1974-12-14) 14 December 1974 (age 39)
Bahia, Brazil
Spouse(s)Ben Kingsley (2007–present)

Daniela Lavender, Lady Kingsley (born 14 December 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[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 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[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 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[edit]

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[edit]

Lavender married English actor Ben Kingsley on 3 September 2007.


Film and television[edit]

2001Down to Earth
2002Ali G Indahouse
2003Emotional Backgammon
2004Paixão Crua[14]
2009Midsummer Night's Dream
2010The Scientist
2013A Birder's Guide to Everything


2011A Woman AloneTabard Theatre[16][17]
Viva MariaOvalhouse
The Beelzebub SonataGate Theatre
Steel MagnoliasThe Troubadour
TartuffeThe Troubadour
Sexual Perversity In ChicagoThe Troubadour
LysistrataThe Troubadour
A Voice Screaming to HeavenThe Troubadour
Viva O Pova BrazileiroShanty Towns
Lanterna De FogoPrincesa Isabel
Trouser PressIndependent
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. 
  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. 
  10. ^ "Cast (2009)". British Shakespeare Company. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  11. ^ De Pablos, Emiliano (12 November 2009). "Kingsley, Lavender to star in 'Taj' (2009)". Variety. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "event: Daniela Lavender supporting ABC Trust". Action for Brazil's Children Trust. May 2011.
  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 2011-08-19. 
  17. ^ Bowie-Sell, Daisy (12 April 2011). "A Woman Alone, Tabard Theatre, review". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 

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