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Global Indian – Dev Patel

Posted on August 31, 2020
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Global Indian-Dev Patel

Dev Patel was born on 23 April 1990 in England. His parents are Anita, a care worker, and Raju, an IT consultant. They are both of Gujarati origin, who were born in Kenya and settled down in England.


Dev Patel attended the Longfield Primary School and then Whitmore High School in Harrow, England. He later attended the Whitmore High School, where he received an ‘A’ in GCSE drama.


Dev Patel began his career as an actor in 2006 with the television series Skins in England. He began his career in movies with the acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire.

Here is the list of films that Dev Patel has acted in so far.

2008 Slumdog Millionaire
2010 The Last Airbender
2011 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
2012 About Cherry
2014 The Road Within
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
2016 The Man Who Knew Infinity
Only Yesterday
2018 Hotel Mumbai
The Wedding Guest
2019 The Personal History of David Copperfield

Awards and achievements

Dev’s debut film, Slumdog millionaire won him many awards that include British Independent Film Award, National Board of Review (NBR) Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and two Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance. He won the the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which he shared with ten other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire. He also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Performer for the movie.

In 2015, Patel appeared in the biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity as the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and he played Saroo Brierley in the drama Lion (2016) the following year. He has won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the latter, and has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award. In 2020 he was nominated actor for the Primetime Emmy Award for his role in Modern Love.

Contribution to India and world

While Dev Patel is now well known as an international actor of Indian origin, he has confessed that growing up in England, he had very little exposure to India. The movie Slumdog Millionaire helped him know about India  and he continues to be fascinated by his home country.

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