Patel in 2016
23 April 1990|
Harrow, London, England, UK
Dev Patel (born 23 April 1990) is a British actor. He began acting as a child in school theatre productions and had his first acting role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in his school's production of Twelfth Night, for which he was named Best Actor. He went on to attend Whitmore High School, where he was praised by his drama teachers as "a gifted student". As a child, he also participated in martial arts and won a bronze medal at the 2004 Action International Martial Arts Association World Championships in Dublin.
Patel made his screen debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two seasons of the British teen drama television series Skins (2007–2008), landing the role with no prior professional acting experience. He rose to prominence for his critically acclaimed performance as Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's drama film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance in a supporting role and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance.
Since 2008, Patel has acted in a variety of roles, receiving a NAACP Image Award nomination Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Neal Sampat on the HBO television series The Newsroom (2012–2014) and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his role as Sonny Kapoor in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012). He has also appeared in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2014), M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (2010) and The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). In 2016, he earned rave reviews for his performance as Saroo Brierley in Lion, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Dev Patel was born in London, England. His mother, Anita, is a caregiver, and his father, Raj, an IT consultant. His parents are Gujarati Hindu Indians. 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 Longfield 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.
2006–2007: Early beginnings with Skins
In 2006, Patel 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 characterisation of Anwar was partly based on Patel's personality and the role was written specifically for him after he was cast in Skins. 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 of Skins won the Philips Audience Award at the 2009 BAFTA Television Awards.
2008–2010: Breakthrough with Slumdog Millionaire
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. Boyle's 17-year-old daughter Caitlin pointed him to Skins.
After five auditions for the role, the actor 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 went on to receive a number of 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. On 8 January 2009, Patel won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Performer. He was also nominated for two London Critics Circle Film Awards, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor, and European Film Award for Best Actor. The film itself 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 1 July 2010 to extremely negative reviews. Despite being a commercial success, the film was a critical failure and Patel even received a Razzie Award nomination as 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.
2011–present: Further film and television work
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 film, 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 generally mixed reviews. Variety had positive words for the "bristling and committed performances by Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz" while noting that "there remains a nagging tidiness to the whole endeavor that leaves a strained, cloying aftertaste" that kept the movie from truly succeeding.
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.
|2007–2008||Skins||Anwar Kharral||18 episodes|
|2009||Mister Eleven||Hotel Waiter||Episode "1.1"|
|2012–2014||The Newsroom||Neal Sampat|| 22 episodes|
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
|2010||The Last Airbender||Zuko|
Awards and nominations
- 2008 Black Reel Award – "Best Actor" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 Black Reel Award – "Best Breakthrough Performance" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) – "Most Promising Newcomer" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) Award – "Most Promising Performer" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 National Board of Review (NBR) Award – "Best Breakthrough Performance" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award – "Break Out On Camera" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) Award – "Best Breakthrough Performance" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2009 Critics' Choice Award – "Best Young Performer (Actor/Actress)" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2009 Richard Attenborough Film Award – "Best Breakthrough" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2009 Richard Attenborough Film Award – "Rising Star of the Year" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 Black Reel Award – "Best Ensemble" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Award – "Best Newcomer" – Slumdog Millionaire
- 2009 BAFTA Award – "Best Actor in a Leading Role" – Slumdog Millionaire
- Evening Standard British Film Awards 2009
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- "Dan Grades achieved at Rayner Lane Taekwon-do Academy Black Belt Gradings". Rayners Lane Taekwon-do Academy. 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
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- West, Dave (2008-05-07). "'Skins' wins Rose d'Or for best drama". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Gibson, Owen (2008-03-19). "Cranford wins three Bafta nominations". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Philips Audience Award". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
- Lane, Anthony (2008-12-01). "Slumdog Millionaire: The Film File". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Roston, Tom (2008-11-04). "'Slumdog Millionaire' shoot was rags to riches". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
- Finlay, Nicki (reporter); Boyle, Danny (director); Patel, Dev (actor) (2008-11-05). Prepare to Slum It With Slumdog Millionaire (SWF). Associated Press. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Dev's harrowing Slumdog experiences". Metro. 2009-01-06. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
- Dawtrey, Adam (2007-08-30). "Danny Boyle to direct 'Slumdog'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
- "Ruslaan too good to be a slumdog!". Hindustan Times. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Vieira, Meredith (interviewer); Patel, Dev (actor); Pinto, Freida (actor) (2008-11-21). Dancing With the 'Slumdog' Stars (SWF). Today. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Yount, Stacey (2008-11-21). "'I wanted his eyes to say everything.' – Dev Patel". BollySpice.com. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- "Winners Announced for the 11th British Independent Film Awards". British Independent Film Awards. 2008-11-30. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Murray, Rebecca (2008-12-05). "NBR Chooses 'Slumdog Millionaire' as the Best Film of 2008". About.com. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Chicago Film Critics Awards – 2008". Chicago Film Critics Association. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Cadillac, Slumdog & Bees are Triple Threats At Black Reed Awards". Daily Express. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "'Slumdog' cast wins, 'Button' gets zip at SAG Awards". CNN. 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Nominations Announced for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". Screen Actors Guild Awards. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Nominees | 14th Annual Critics Choice Awards". VH1. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
- Wootton, Dan (2009-02-05). "Slumdog's Dev misses out on awards". News of the World. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- King, Susan (2009-01-07). "Tyler Perry gets double NAACP noms". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Farndale, Nigel (2009-02-06). "Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel: an underdog no more". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Nominations for the European Film Awards 2009". European Film Academy. Retrieved 2009-11-14.
- Horn, John (2009-02-23). "'Slumdog' strikes it rich with 8 Oscar wins". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Earle, Alison (presenter); Patel, Dev (actor) (2009-02-05). Miley Cyrus says sorry and Dev Patel's next film (SWF). ITN. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Fleming, Michael (2009-02-01). "Shyamalan cast floats on 'Air'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-02-03.
- Fernandez, Jay A. (2009-03-15). "Four more land 'Airbender' roles". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Schroeder, Stan. "'The Commuter': A Short Film Shot Entirely With the Nokia N8". 28 October 2010
- "Nokia N8 Product page".
- "Official Nokia UK Facebook announcement".
- "Dev Patel stars in film shot entirely with the Nokia N8". Asiapacificarts.usc.edu. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, retrieved 2016-09-16
- "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- Doshi, Riddhi (3 March 2011). "Dev Patel had to take lessons in English". Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "New Drama Series The Newsroom starring Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer Debuts 24 June, TVbythenumbers.com, 19 June 2012". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
- Chang, Justin. "Film Review: 'The Road Within'". Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- Busis, Hillary. "Dev Patel's Lion May Be the Inspirational Awards-Season Tale You're Looking For". Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- "Lion". 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- "'Arrival,' 'La La Land,' 'Moonlight' and more: How the Toronto Film Festival movies will play with Oscar voters". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- "Lion, A Monster Calls Oscar Chances: Will Tearjerkers Reign?". 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- Susan Wloszczyna (29 March 2011). "Freida Pinto, Dev Patel: Like something out of a movie". USA Today. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- Marquina, Sierra (December 10, 2014). "Freida Pinto, Dev Patel Split After Almost Six Years Together -- Get All the Details". Us Magazine. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
- Maxwell, Erin (2008-12-16). "Phoenix critics honor 'Slumdog'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Torrance, Kelly Jane (2008-12-19). "Oscar race for best film wide open". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- "Slumdog dominates UK film awards". BBC News. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- Sanford, James (2008-12-18). "Detroit Film Critics Society announces its awards". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
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- Dev Patel at the Internet Movie Database
- "The look of love: Freida Pinto only has eyes for longtime beau Dev Patel as pair celebrate her 29th birthday". Mail Online. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "A Conversation With: Actor Dev Patel". The New York Times. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2014.