|Birthdate:||April 23, 1990|
|Birthplace:||London Borough of HarrowHarrow, London, England, United KingdomUK|
Dev Patel (born 23 April 1990) is a British actor. He began acting as a child in school theatre productions and had his first acting role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in his school's production of Twelfth Night, for which he was named Best Actor. He went on to attend Whitmore High School, where he was praised by his drama teachers as "a gifted student". As a child, he also participated in martial arts and won a bronze medal at the 2004 Action International Martial Arts Association World Championships in Dublin. Patel made his screen debut as Anwar Kharral in the first two seasons of the British teen drama television series Skins (2007–2008), landing the role with no prior professional acting experience. He rose to prominence for his critically acclaimed performance as Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's drama film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance in a supporting role and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance. Since 2008, Patel has acted in a variety of roles, receiving a NAACP Image Award nomination Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Neal Sampat on the HBO television series The Newsroom (2012–2014) and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his role as Sonny Kapoor in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012). He has also appeared in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2014) , M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (2010) and The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015). In 2016, he earned rave reviews for his performance as Saroo Brierley in Lion, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.