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Dev Patel (born 23 April 1990 in Harrow, London) is an English actor of Indian descent.

Patel is perhaps best known for his role as Jamal Malik in the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won the Best Picture Oscar in 2009.

Prior to Slumdog Millionaire, he also starred as Anwar Kharral on the teen drama Skins, alongside Nicholas Hoult and Hannah Murray in the series' first generation of characters.

His other notable credits include a supporting role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, the live-action adaption of The Last Airbender, and the HBO original series The Newsroom.

In 2017, he received an Academy Award nomination (in the Best Supporting Actor category) for his role in Lion, making him the third-ever actor of Indian origin to be given an Oscar nod.


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  • Black Vikings: In The Personal History Of David Copperfield, he's just one of many actors of colour appearing in the adaptation of a novel about Victorian England. Partially justified by the movie's overall theatrical style - in theatre, colorblind casting is par for the course.
  • Child Prodigy: Even in his first attempts at acting in high school productions he supposedly showed remarkable talent. Years later, his acting skills earned him an Oscar nomination.
  • He's All Grown Up: People knowing him as a gangly teenager were pleasantly surprised by his post-Lion looks. That is not to say he didn't have horny fangirls before, but if this article is to be believed, they certainly weren't this numerous. Or horny.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Post-Lion, he doesn't cut his hair as short as he used to, although their exact length is highly variable. Either way, there's no doubt he looks quite fetching with longer hair.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: In The Last Airbender. Your mileage may vary on the success of his endeavor, but he's undoubtedly the only member of the main cast with an ounce of acting talent.

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