Best known for playing a former Iraqi soldier on Lost
, Andrews is actually a Brit of Indian extraction who grew up in London. He made a name for himself in England by appearing in a stage production of My Beautiful Laundrette
, and in the films London Kills Me
and The Buddha of Suburbia
, all penned by writer-director Hanif Kureishi. He garnered worldwide acclaim in 1996 playing Kip, a Sikh who defuses land mines and romances Juliette Binoche in the Oscar-winning The English Patient
. Andrews, who prefers to date older women, split from his parent's home at 16 and moved in with his female math teacher, who bore him a son several years later. In 1999, he moved in with actress Barbara Hershey, who is 21 years his senior, after they met on the set of Drowning on Dry Land
. When the couple broke up briefly in 2005, Andrews fathered a child with another woman. Although Andrews has been on Lost
since 2004, he continues to appear in other high-profile projects, such as the Jodie Foster crime drama The Brave One
and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse
flick Planet Terror
.Naveen Andrews Fast Facts:
- First name means "new" in Sanskrit.
- Played in a band as a teenager (lead guitarist and singer).
- Attended Guildhall School of Music & Drama at the same time as Ewan McGregor.
- Nominated for Most Promising Newcomer in 1993 by the Evening Standard Drama Awards (London) for Wild West, a British film in which he played a Pakistani country-western singer.
- First gained attention in the U.S. when he costarred in The English Patient in 1996.
- Met his former girlfriend Barbara Hershey when they costarred in Drowning on Dry Land (1999).
- Naveen Andrews Relationships:
- Elena Eustache - Ex-significant Other
- Geraldine Feakins - Ex-significant Other
- Stanley Andrews - Father
- Barbara Hershey - Ex-significant Other
- Jaisal - Son
- Naveen Joshua Andrews - Son
- Nirmala Andrews - Mother
- Naveen Andrews Awards:
- 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
- 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
- 2006 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
- 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
- Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, England (1990)