Slumdog to BAFTA Millionaire

LION, Dev Patel, BAFTA, Award for Best Actor
LION, Dev Patel, BAFTA, Award for Best Actor

From Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire to BAFTA Award for Best Actor in LION, Dev Patel has really made it big. Making 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 before Slumdog Millionaire.

Patel went on to star in the highly successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its 2015 sequel, the fantasy film The Last Airbender (2010), and the science fiction film Chappie (2015). His portrayal of Neal Sampat on a television series The Newsroom (2012–2014) earned him a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

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Early Life

Dev Patel was born in London, in a Gujarati Hindu family. His mother, Anita, is a caregiver, and his father, Raj, an IT consultant. 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”.

Career

He 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. His breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle’s drama Slumdog Millionaire, for which he was nominated for the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Patel went on to star in the highly successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its 2015 sequel, the fantasy film The Last Airbender (2010), and the science fiction film Chappie (2015). His portrayal of Neal Sampat on the HBO television series The Newsroom (2012–2014) earned him a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2015, Patel starred as the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan in the biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity, and the following year he played Saroo Brierley in the drama Lion (2016). For the latter, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award, SAG Award, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

LION, Dev Patel, BAFTA, Award for Best Actor

Awards 

in 2017 Patel won British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in LION.

In 2009 he was nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Oscar-winning flick Slumdog Millionaire.

He also got NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for television series The Newsroom (2012–2014).

 

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