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Harrow, Middlesex, England
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Dev Patel Fast Facts:
Performed in school plays as a child.
Began training in Tae Kwon Do at age 10, and eventually attained a black belt.
In high school, drama was his best subject, followed by English.
Was brought to the attention of
director Danny Boyle by Boyle's teenage daughter, who showed her dad an episode of Patel's TV show
To prepare for his role in
, he spent three months in the slums of Mumbia, India, learning about daily life there and getting to know residents who were the same age as his character. He also trained with a choreographer for the film's conclusion.
that he credits his
experience for making him an optimist and helping him mature.
Got the role of Zuko in
The Last Airbender
by replacing Jesse McCartney, who was originally cast in the role.
In an interview with the U.K.'s
, said his defining characteristic is that he "can't sit still."
Dev Patel Relationships:
Anita Patel - Mother
Freida Pinto - Significant Other
Dev Patel Awards:
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
2008 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Leading Actor - Nominee
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
2009 European Film Awards: European Actor - Nominee
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