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Dev Patel Biography

Birth Name:
Dev Patel
Birth Place:
Harrow, Middlesex, England
Profession
Actor

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 Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle by Boyle's teenage daughter, who showed her dad an episode of Patel's TV show Skins
  • To prepare for his role in Slumdog Millionaire, 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
  • Told Entertainment Weekly that he credits his Slumdog Millionaire 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

Awards

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2017AACTA Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2017BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2016Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2016Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Young Actor/Actress: winner
  • 2009European Film Awards-European Actor: nominated
  • 2008Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Newcomer: nominated
  • 2008Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Performer: winner
  • 2008National Board of Review-Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: winner
  • 2008Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Breakthrough Performance: winner
  • 2008Phoenix Film Critics Association-Breakthrough Performance: winner
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Young British Performer of the Year: nominated
  • 2008London Film Critics Association-Best British Actor: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2008Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner

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