Birthplace: London, England
Race or Ethnicity: Asian/Indian
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Slumdog Millionaire
Born in London to parents from Nairobi, Dev Patel's first encounter with acting was when his mother brought him to an audition for a teen drama on the E4 channel, Skins. He was cast to play Anwar Kharral, a Pakistani youth. Although ostensibly a Muslim, Anwar drinks, takes drugs, engages in premarital sex, and has a homosexual best friend. In 2007, he was hired by Danny Boyle to play the lead in Slumdog Millionaire, replacing his original selection, Bollywood actor Ruslaan Mumtaz, who was "too good looking." Slumdog ended up being one of the best films of 2008, winning eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Patel won several awards for his performance, including a British Independent Film Award for most promising newcomer, and a Critic's Choice Award for best young actor. He was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for best supporting actor, although in the film he does not play a supporting role.
Father: Raj Patel
Girlfriend: Freida Pinto (actress, together from 2009)
High School: Whitmore High School, Harrow, London
Skins Anwar Kharral (2007-08)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (30-Nov-2011) · Sonny Kapoor
The Last Airbender (1-Jul-2010) · Prince Zuko
Slumdog Millionaire (30-Aug-2008) · Older Jamal
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