Dev Patel –

Dev Patel in Lion.

About Dev Patel (1990 – ____)

Dev Patel was born in London, England. His mother, Anita, is a caregiver, and his father, Raj, an IT consultant. His parents are Gujarati Hindus with origins in India. Both of them were born in Nairobi, Kenya, where there is a significant Indian community; they emigrated to England separately in their teens, but only met first in London. Patel was raised in the Hindu faith.

Patel grew up in Rayners Lane, Harrow, and attended Longfields Middle School. He had his first acting role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in the school's production of Twelfth Night. Patel was given the Best Actor award for his performance. He later attended Whitmore High School, receiving an A in GCSE Drama, for his "self-penned portrayal of a child in the Beslan school siege".

His drama teacher Niamh Wright has stated: "Dev was a gifted student who quickly impressed me with his innate ability to communicate a wide variety of characters imaginatively and creatively. He was awarded full marks for his GCSE performance to a live audience and the visiting examiner was moved to tears by his honest portrayal". He completed his AS Levels in PE, Biology, History and Drama in 2007 at Whitmore High School, while he was working in Skins.

Patel said that as a kid, he was "bloody energetic" and used to get in trouble at school because of it. He started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwon-do in 2000. He competed regularly in both national and international championships, including the 2004 AIMAA (Action International Martial Arts Association) World Championships in Dublin, where he won a bronze medal. The World Championships took place in October 2004, when he was a red belt competing in the junior division against other red and black belts. He made it to the semi-finals, where he lost to an Irish black belt named Niall Fitzmaurice in "a very close and tough fight", and ended up winning a bronze medal. He later gained a 1st dan black belt on 11 March 2006.

In 2006, he began his acting career when he auditioned for the E4 teen drama television series Skins. Patel's mother saw the casting ad in a newspaper and took him to the audition even though he had a science exam the next day. After two auditions, he was cast in the role of Anwar Kharral, a British Pakistani Muslim teenager. The characterization of Anwar was partly based on Patel's personality and the role was written specifically for him after he was cast. Patel, who had no professional acting experience, said that on "the first day of shooting I didn't really know what to do."

The first series of the show aired in January 2007 and went on to win the Rose d'Or for Drama in 2008 and receive a nomination for Best Drama Series at the 2008 BAFTA Television Awards. Patel reprised his role as Anwar for the second series of Skins, which aired in February 2008. The second series won the Philips Audience Award at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards.

Patel made his feature film debut when he was cast in the role of Jamal Malik, the central character in Danny Boyle's film Slumdog Millionaire. The character Jamal Malik is an Indian Muslim boy born and brought up in the poverty of Bombay, India. Boyle considered hundreds of young male actors, but found that Bollywood leads were generally "strong, handsome hero-types", not the personality he was looking for.

After five auditions for the role, Patel was eventually cast in August 2007. The film's producer found the original choice for the lead role, Ruslaan Mumtaz, too good looking for the role. Boyle said, "I wanted a guy who didn't look like a potential hero; I wanted him to earn that in the film." To prepare for the role, Patel went along with Boyle while scouting for filming locations, where he was able to observe the Dharavi slums for himself. He also worked at a call centre for a day and in a hotel, where he washed dishes.

After the release of Slumdog Millionaire at the end of 2008, Patel received several awards for his performance, including a British Independent Film Award, National Board of Review (NBR) Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and two Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance. Patel was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The award eventually went posthumously to Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight, though Patel did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which he shared with ten other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire. The film won four Golden Globes, including Best Drama Film, and eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Patel played Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender, a feature film adaptation of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, which was released in July 2010 to extremely negative reviews. Despite being a commercial success, the film was a critical failure and Patel even received a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor that year, although his role was well received, and was considered by many to be one of the film's positive aspects.

Patel later starred in the short film The Commuter, which was directed by the McHenry Brothers to promote the Nokia N8 smartphone in the U.K. Fans who won a Nokia UK run competition starred alongside Dev Patel in the short film. Patel co-starred in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012), directed by John Madden, with Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, which received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $136 million. For the role, he had to take lessons in perfecting an Indian-English accent, as his native English accent was so strong.

From 2012 to 2014, Patel had a supporting role in the 2012 HBO television series The Newsroom as Neal Sampat, blogger for news anchor Will McAvoy. He also appeared alongside James Franco and Heather Graham in About Cherry, which premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2014, Patel starred alongside Robert Sheehan and Zoë Kravitz in The Road Within, about three unlikely friends, one with Tourette's syndrome (Sheehan), one with OCD (Patel) and an anorexic woman (Kravitz) who go on a road trip. The film received mixed reviews.

In 2016, Patel starred as Saroo Brierley in the biographical film Lion, directed by Garth Davis and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, which premiered to rave reviews and Oscar buzz at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The film is based on the non-fiction novel written by Brierley titled A Long Way Home. Patel won the BAFTA awards for 'Best Supporting Actor'. At the 89th Academy Awards, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Dev Patel's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2008Slumdog MillionaireJamal Malik
2010The Last AirbenderZuko
2012The Best Exotic Marigold HotelSonny Kapoor
2012About CherryAndrew
2014The Road WithinAlex
2015The Second Best Exotic Marigold HotelSonny Kapoor
2015ChappieDeon Wilson
2016The Man Who Knew InfinitySrinivasa Ramanujan
2016Only YesterdayToshio (voice)
2016LionSaroo Brierley
2017Hotel Mumbai

Dev Patel's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2007–2008SkinsAnwar Kharral
2009Mister ElevenHotel Waiter
2012–2014The NewsroomNeal Sampat

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Dev Patel include...

Year Movie Award
2016LionBest Supporting Actor (Nominated)

Memorable Quotes by Dev Patel

“ I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account. ”

“ Television moves fast, and you don't have the indulgences you have when you're shooting movies of so many takes because there are tight deadlines. ”

“ The thing is, I am a loving person. I am super sappy when it comes to romance. But I'm not the Antonio Banderas, swashbuckling, Pierce Brosnan, smooth-talking type. ”

“ 'Slumdog' was my first movie, and I had never been to India before - I was just a teenager in the U.K. with my headphones and my Nike shoes. What did I know about growing up in a slum? ”

“ Training in taekwon-do for eight years and then being able to do it in a film was pretty amazing. ”

“ The dark side is when you are with family and friends, and you have paparazzi screaming at you — that's been hard to deal with. ”

Things You May Not Know About Dev Patel

He wanted to audition for Life of Pi (2012), but was turned down by the producers. They felt he was overexposed.

For his part in Lion (2016), he had to develop a new physique and attended several hours in the gym in order inhabit his part. He also grew a beard and developed an Australian accent. In total, he spent eight months preparing for the role.

His parents' first date was a trip to McDonald's, where his father, Raj, bought his mother, Anita, a Happy Meal.

Dev and Lucas Hedges are the first and, as of 2017, the only males born in the 1990s to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting (both were nominated for Best Supporting Actor for 2016 films, Patel for Lion (2016) and Hedges for Manchester by the Sea (2016)).

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Dev Patel in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)...
top picture with Richard Gere... second and last pictures with Tina Desai...
fourth picture with Judi Dench.
Patel and Kyra Sedgwick in The Road Within (2014).
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Patel in The Newsroom (2012-2014)... second picture with Alison Pill... third picture with Jeff Daniels, John Gallagher Jr., Emily Mortimer, Thomas Sadoski, and Olivia Munn...
fourth and fifth pictures with John Gallagher Jr.
Patel and Jeremy Irons in The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016).
In The Last Airbender (2010).
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In the film that brought him fame, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008).... top two pictures with Anil Kapoor... bottom two pictures with Freida Pinto.
With Mitch Hewer in Skins (2007-2008).
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In Lion (2016)... top picture with Rooney Mara... bottom picture with Priyanka Bose.
In Hotel Mumbai (2017).
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In Chappie (2015)... top picture with Hugh Jackman.
Dev Patel, with Ashley Grace, in About Cherry (2012).