OSCAR-winning actor SIR Ben Kingsley is fighting off reports his wife ALEXANDRA has dumped him after just a year of marriage for being a "snob".

According to America's STAR magazine, the British actor - who was knighted in 2001 - had demanded that one of Alexandra's friends address him as "Sir Ben" prompting his wife to give up on their life in the English countryside and move back to her native Germany.

But the SEXY BEAST star's publicist has hit out at the reports, insisting the actor is too "humble" to make such demands.

She says, "If anything, the people around him are insistent on it."

16/12/2004 05:48