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Giving further perspective to his work, Kingsley starred in two films at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; The Audience Award winning and Grand Jury Prize nominated THE WACKNESS, in which he plays a drug-addled psychiatrist opposite Josh Peck, Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby and Mary-Kate Olsen; and the crime thriller TRANSSIBERIAN, as a mysterious traveler opposite Woody Harrelson.
He also starred in 50 DEAD MEN, a thriller set against the dangerous backdrop of 1980s Ireland, and the more lighthearted crime comedy WAR, INC. Steeped in British theatre, Kingsley marked the beginning of his professional acting career with his acceptance into the Royal Shakespeare Company in l967.
Kingsley also starred in Martin Scorsese’s 1950s drama SHUTTER ISLAND, with Leonardo Di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams as well as Jerry Bruckheimer’s PRINCE OF PERSIA, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton.
He starred opposite Penelope Cruz in the sexually charged ELEGY directed by Isabel Coixet, and was nominated British Actor of the Year by the London Critics Circle Film Awards.
Sturgess will next be seen starring in Giuseppe Tornatore’s THE BEST OFFER opposite Geoffrey Rush.
The film premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and tells the story of an eccentric art expert who meets a mysterious woman who changes his life forever.
She starred opposite John Cusack in SERENDIPITY, opposite Matthew Mc Conaughey, Gary Oldham in TIPTOES and opposite Christian Bale and Frances Mc Dormand in the ensemble drama LAUREL CANYON.
Other film appearances include starring opposite Hugh Jackman in VAN HELSING, the lead role in the hit vampire tale UNDERWORLD, and the sequel UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION for Sony Screen Gem.
Kingsley went on to earn three additional Oscar nominations for BUGSY (1991), SEXY BEAST (2000) and HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG (2003), his roles have been as diverse as his talents, from a sturdy vice president in DAVE to the scheming Fagin in OLIVER TWIST.
Jim Sturgess’ breakthrough into film came in 2007, playing the lead role in Julie Taymor’s critically acclaimed musical romance ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (2007).
Since then he has worked consistently on the big screen amassing an impressive list of credits.
Kingsley has also completed production on four films; A COMMON MAN, a psychological thriller directed by Sri Lankan film maker Chandran Rutnam; THE PHYSICIAN, an adaptation of Noah Gordon’s best-selling novel which follows a young Christian born into poverty in 11th Century England who ventures across Europe into Muslim-dominated Persia to better study the emerging study of healing; the Independent comedy A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO EVERYTHING about a young boy who thinks he’s made the discovery of a lifetime and escapes on an epic road trip with his best friend to solidify their place in birding history; and the Summit Entertainment film ENDER’S GAME due out later this year about an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion.
Based on the novel of the same name, the film is directed and written by Gavin Hood.
Up next, Beckinsale can be seen in the independent drama TRIALS OF CATE MCCALL opposite Nick Nolte and James Cromwell.