Dev Patel, has recently shot to fame for his role in the golden globe award winning film, Slumdog Millionnaire.
Dev was born in Sudbury, London, England. He is of Indian Gujarati origin.
In his early life, Patel started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwon-do and obtained a black belt in this sport. He competed regularly in both national and international championships, including the World Championship in Dublin, where he won a bronze medal
He began his acting career in 2007, playing the role of Anwar Kharral, a British Pakistani teenager, in the E4 TV teen drama series Skins. He as again chosen for the role as Anwar for the second series of Skins, which went on air in early 2008.
Patel has recently played the role of Jamal Malik, the central character in Danny Boyle's independent film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he has won various awards and accolades.
The British Independent Film Award for "Most Promising Newcomer", the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures 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", in 2008.
Patel was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, and he has also been nominated for the 2009 London Critics Circle Film Award for "British Actor of the Year".
Patel was honoured with the " Best Young Performer (Actor/Actress)" on Critic's Choice Awards for his role on Slumdog Millionaire.
It is said that he was chosen for the role of Jamal due to his average and common appearance, and that it was Boyle's daughter, a fan of Skins, who recommended Patel for the role.
To prepare for the role, he went along with Boyle while scouting for filming locations, where he was able to observe the slums for himself. He also claims he had a brief internship at a call centre and worked in a hotel, in which he spent a day washing dishes and generally observing Mumbai life.