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Dev Patel


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DEV PATEL needs no introduction as his body of work as an actor speaks for itself.

The British actor, with no prior acting experience made his screen debut in the 2007-08 British television teen drama, Skins as Anwar Kharral.

But his acting career really kicked off in 2008 with his portrayal of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle’s drama Slumdog Millionaire, which later went on to bag eight Academy Awards. Patel, himself, was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

From having no clue on the first day of his shooting in Skins, Patel’s growth as an actor has been tremendous and next year will be making his directorial debut in Monkey Man. Patel too did a successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and again its sequel in 2015, then acted in a science fiction film Chappie (2015), and the HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012-2014).

If Slumdog Millionaire put Patel in the spotlight, two movies in 2015 and the year after – The Man Who Knew Infinity and Lion – in a way gave him a chance to showcase his craft.

For his role in the drama Lion, he won the BAFTA for best supporting actor and was nominated for the Academy Awards to become the third actor of Indian descent to receive an Oscar nomination.

In one of his recent works in 2019, Patel has starred as David Copperfield in Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Personal History of David Copperfield.

The Green Knight, directed by David Lowery, has been completed and is scheduled to release on July 30 this year.

Born in Harrow to Gujarati Indian parents, who had emigrated to England separately in their teens, from Nairobi (Kenya) and first met in London, Patel’s ancestors have roots in Jamnagar and Unjha in

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