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Dev Patel
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Dev Patel (born 23 April 1990) is an award-winning British actor. He is known for his performances as Anwar Kharral in the teen drama series Skins and as Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he has won a number of awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He was also bronze medalist at the Taekwondo 2004 World Championship in Dublin.

Patel began his acting career in late 2006, when he auditioned for the E4 TV teen drama series Skins. After two auditions, he was cast in the role of Anwar Kharral, a British PakistaniMuslim teenager. According to fellow actors Mike Bailey (who played Sid Jenkins) and Hannah Murray (who played Cassie Ainsworth), the characterization of Anwar was partly based on the personality of Patel and the role was written specifically for him after he was cast in Skins. The first series of the show aired in early 2007 and went on to receive two nominations at the BAFTA Television Awards. Patel resumed his role as Anwar for the second series of Skins, which aired in early 2008.

In August 2007, Patel was cast in the role of Jamal Malik, the central character in Danny Boyle's independent film Slumdog Millionaire. Patel, who appeared on The Today Show with co-star Freida Pinto on 11 November 2008, stated he was chosen for the role of Jamal due to his "average Joe" appearance. He also stated that it was Boyle's daughter, a fan of Skins, who initially recommended Patel for the role. The character Jamal Malik, the protagonist, is an Indian Muslim boy born and raised in the poverty of Mumbai, India. Boyle considered hundreds of young male actors, although he found that Bollywood leads were generally "strong, handsome hero-types", not the personality he was looking for. Boyle's 17-year-old daughter Caitlin pointed him to the British television ensemble drama Skins, of which Patel was a cast member. After five auditions for the role, the actor was eventually cast in August 2007. To prepare for the role, he went along with Boyle while scouting for filming locations, where he was able to observe the Dharavi slums for himself. He also reported having had a brief internship at a call centre and working in a hotel, where he spent a day washing dishes and generally observing life in Mumbai.
After the release of Slumdog Millionaire at the end of 2008, Patel went on to receive a number of awards for his performance, including the British Independent Film Award for "Most Promising Newcomer", the National Board of Review Award (NBR Award) for "Best Breakthrough Performance", the Black Reel Awards for "Best Actor" and "Best Breakthrough Performance", and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for "Most Promising Performer". On 18 December 2008, it was announced that Patel was also nominated for "Best Supporting Actor" at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The award eventually went posthumously to the late Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight. Patel, however, did win 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. On 8 January 2009, Patel was honoured with the "Best Young Performer (Actor/Actress)" award at the Critics' Choice Awards for his role on Slumdog Millionaire. He has also been nominated for the 2009 London Critics Circle Film Award for "British Actor of the Year", the 2009 NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor", and the 2009 BAFTA Award for "Best Leading Actor".

In February 2009, it has been announced that Patel has replaced Jesse McCartney for the role of Prince Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's feature film The Last Airbender. McCartney was replaced after his tour dates conflicted with a boot camp scheduled for the cast to train in martial arts. Shyamalan stated that Patel was "already one of the guys I was interested in. Then I saw 'Slumdog Millionaire,' and the kid just grew in my eyes".

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DANNY BOYLE and DEV PATEL, The Dickensians
One film together: Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
Danny Boyle has slung some pretty brutal stuff at us before—that ’95–’96 one-two punch of Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, not to mention 28 Days Later in 2002—but Slumdog Millionaire is a real sock to the solar plexus. The reason? It’s got more than cunning, violence, and kinetic thrills; it’s got heart, the way a Dickens novel has heart. Through all the muck and carnage, all the pendulum swings between penurious and privileged milieus, there is a sympathetic human protagonist whose struggle becomes our struggle. In gawky, jug-eared Dev Patel, Boyle found his perfect Pip, his ideal David Copperfield. Like those characters, Patel’s Jamal holds on tightly to his dignity and reserve when there’s nothing else left to hold on to—whether he’s surviving by his wits as a self-raised orphan in the slums of Mumbai or enduring the (public- and state-enforced) pressure of being the star contestant in India’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (It must be said that the child actors who play Jamal at young and intermediate ages, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar and Tanay Chheda, are also fantastic.) Boyle could have cast a more conventionally handsome kid as Jamal, but in shrewdly anointing the sweet, soulful, British-born Patel, he raised the whole enterprise to a higher plane—a decision affirmed by four Golden Globe Awards and possibly more hardware to come. Photographed at Gordon Ramsay at the London, New York City.

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Dev on Letterman (11/19/08)
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Actor Dev Patel attends The Walkman Spring Fling Party at Reliance Square on April 10, 2008 in London, England.





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Slumdog Millionaire press conference during the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 8, 2008 in Toronto, Canada.


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For me he'll always be "Anwar from Skins".

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London Film Festival: Closing Night - 'Slumdog Millionaire' - Red Carpet (10/30/08)


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Film Independent screening of Slumdog Millionaire at the Landmark Theater on November 6, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.


"Slumdog Millionaire" during the 2008 Tribeca cinema series at Tribeca Cinemas Gallery on November 10, 2008 in New York City.


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Skins actor Dev Patel and his mother attend the Asian Women Awards at Whitehall Palace Banqueting Hall on November 22, 2008 in London, England.


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On Ellen (1/14/09)
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Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel flashes photographers a great big smile outside BBC Radio[COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important][/COLOR] One studios in central London on Thursday (January 8, 2009).[/COLOR]



Slumdog Millionaire star, Dev Patel waits for his limo after a meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday (January 31, 2009).


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