Dev Patel: Everything you wanted to know about the Slumdog Actor
Dev Patel born 23 April 1990) is a British-Indian film and television actor as well as a martial artist. As an actor, he is known for his performances as Anwar Kharral in the teen drama series Skins and as main protagonist Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed and multiple Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which Patel won a number of awards, including a Critics’ Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. As a martial artist, he is a black belt in Taekwondo and was a bronze medalist at the 2004 AIMAA World Championships in Dublin.
Dev Patel was born in Brent, Greater London, England, to Hindu Gujarati Indian parents, both of whom were born in Nairobi, Kenya. His mother Anita Patel is a carer and his father Raj Patel an IT consultant. Dev Patel, who grew up in Harrow, attended Longfield Primary School and later went to 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 of a child in the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia.” He eventually completed his AS Levels in 2007, while he was working in Skins.
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