British actor SIR Ben Kingsley enraged workers and co-stars on his new film MRS HARRIS - by ignoring people who failed to address him by his proper title.

The Schindler's List actor stars alongside ANNETTE BENNING and ELLEN BURSTYN in the drama, and caused tension on set with his insistence that everyone referred to him as SIR BEN at all times.

One disgruntled source tells PAGE SIX.com, "He insisted everyone call him by his title, 'Sir,' and if they didn't he would get angry or ignore them.

"He takes that knighting thing very seriously. He was very adamant and it turned off a lot of people."

Sir Ben was knighted in 2001 by British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

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