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16 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Charming English Actor Dev Patel

From the wide-eyed kid in 2008’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ to the fully bearded grown-up man in 2016’s ‘Lion,' Dev Patel is one charming actor we can’t seem to get enough of and that's why we bring you some of his amazing facts. The English actor Dev Patel is best known for his role as the good-guy underdog Jamal Malik in the hit movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ where Patel starred opposite Freida Pinto and earned rave reviews for his performance. Dev Patel’s movie ‘Lion’ also saw him gathering critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for his performance. At just 27 years of age, Dev Patel’s rise to super-stardom is just the beginning of his path to international stardom as it is both swift and unexpected as Patel had no prior acting experience before he landed a role in the U.K. television series ‘Skins’ when he was just 16. With his good looks and great talent, you are sure to fall harder for this actor after knowing these surprising facts if you haven’t already.Here are 16 unknown facts about the charming British actor Dev Patel.

#16. It was Anita Patel, Dev’s mother who pushed him in the acting industry. 

Dev Patel starred in the British teen drama ‘Skins’ when he was 16, and it was his mom who got him the audition. In an interview, the actor said, “The reason I’m in the industry is because of her. She saw an advert for the Skins audition in Metro, tore it out and dragged me along to the National Youth Theatre in London. I had to bunk off school.”

#15. Dev is British, but his parents are Gujarati-Hindu.

Dev's parents, father Raj Patel and mother Anita Patel are Gujarati-Hindus, and both were born in Nairobi, Kenya. They expatriated separately to England in their teens and only met first in London. The actor was born in Harrow, London on April 23, 1990, and has an older sister, Trushna. Both Dev and Trushna are raised in the Hindu faith.

#14. Dev received the ‘Best Actor Award’ for his very first performance.

Dev forayed into acting during his school days. His first acting assignment was his school production ‘Twelfth Night’ where Dev essayed the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek and received the ‘Best Actor Award’ for the same.Patel was awarded full marks for his GCSE performance to a live audience for his ‘self-penned portrayal of a child in Beslan School siege.' The visiting examiner was moved to tears by his honest portrayal.

#13. Dev has a black belt in Taekwondo.

Again, Dev has his mom Anita Patel to be thankful for this one. His mother enrolled him in martial arts to burn off the excess energy as Dev was an energetic kid. Patel started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwondo in 2000 and competed in the AIMAA World Championship in 2004 where Patel won a Bronze medal.Dev gained the 1st dan black belt on 11 March 2006.

#12. Dev began his acting career in 2006 with the E4 teen drama television series ‘Skins.'

Patel’s mother took him for the audition after she saw the casting ad in a newspaper even though he had a science exam the next day. Patel was cast in the role of Anwar Kharral, a British Pakistani Muslim teenager after two auditions. The characterization of Anwar was partly based on Dev’s personality, and the role was written specifically for Patel after he was cast. The first series was aired in January 2007 and went on to win the Rose d’Or for Drama in 2008 and also received a 2008 BAFTA nomination for Best Drama Series.

#11. Dev reprised his role as Anwar even in the second series of ‘Skins’.

The second series of the show was aired in February 2008 and Dev again played a part of it as Anwar Kharral. The 2009 BAFTA Television Awards saw the second series of ‘Skins’ winning the Philip Audience Award.

#10. Patel stood outside the London premier of Hancock for three hours.

To get a picture of Will Smith, Dev stood outside the London premiere of Hancock for three hours and in the end got a picture of Will’s forehead, and it felt incredible. Cut to 2016, ten years later, Dev took his entire family to that same spot at the Leicester Square for the London premiere of actor Dev Patel's film ‘Lion.' “Now my goofy mug is on these pictures, and I’m standing next to Nicole. My mum was very proud, and torn to pieces by the film”, said Dev Patel in an interview.

#9. Dev Patel made his film debut as Jamal Malik in ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

Dev made his film debut in Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ in the year 2008, and this is one of his facts that isn't surprising, but did you know Dev wasn’t the first choice for the role. Ruslaan Mumtaz was first chosen for the role but the director Danny Boyle found him ‘too good-looking, ’ and the role went to Patel. It was Boyle’s daughter, Caitlin, then 17 who pointed out the ‘Skins’ actor Dev Patel.To get into the skin of the character, Patel went along with Boyle while scouting locations so he could observe the Dharavi slums. For a real experience, Dev worked at a call center and a hotel where he washed dishes.

#8. Patel received a number of awards for his ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ performance.

After the release of the film, Patel went on to receive various awards for his performance in 'Slumdog Millionaire.' The awards include a British Independent Film Award, National Board of Review (NBR) Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Black Reel Award for Best Actor and another Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance. Actor Dev Patel was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award. Patel shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture with ten cast members from ‘Slumdog Millionaire.' He also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Performer. He was also nominated for two London Critics Circle Film Awards, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor and European Film Award for Best Actor.

#7. Dev Patel began dating his ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ co-star Freida Pinto in 2009.

Dev met actress Freida Pinto on the sets of ‘Slumdog Millionaire, ’ and they started dating in 2009. Dev and Freida dated for six years, and on December 10, 2014, the couple announced their split. Dev being the perfect gentleman did not spill any beans as to why Dev and his girlfriend Freida Pinto called it quits. 

#6. Dev is busy writing movies of his own.

Here's one surprising fact about this actor that you might not know. Actor Dev Patel is writing movies, and we believe as long as he is in them, they are going to be great. One of it according to Patel is “a hyper-modern action film, based on 5,000-year-old Hindu mythology, set in a heightened Bombay — an anthem for youth.”

#5. Patel starred as Saroo Brierley in the biographical film ‘Lion’.

Directed by Garth Davis, actor Dev Patel starred as Saroo Brierley in ‘Lion’ with co-stars Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. The film is based on ‘A Long Way Home,' a non-fiction novel written by Brierley. The movie 'Lion' premiered to rave reviews and created enough buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival. The actor was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor for the film 'Lion' at both, the BAFTA where he won for his amazing performance and the Academy Awards.

#4. Dev cried reading the ‘Lion’ script.

You know this fact that Dev received rave reviews and two big nominations for his role in this Oscar-nominated movie but you might not know this amazing fact, Dev Patel cried while reading the script of ‘Lion.' The actor has no problem expressing his emotions and definitely is not the one to hide it. He expressed his views on how good the film 'Lion' is to the director and the crew involved. Dev doesn’t shy away from crying and also showing appreciation.

#3. Dev had nude scenes in the British show ‘Skins’.

You find the fully clothed Dev Patel hot? How hot would naked Dev Patel look? For the show ‘Skins’ Dev literally had to show some or should we say all of his skin. He had nude scenes on the show, and Dev likes to keep a low profile on this naked Dev Patel episode(s).

#2. Dev Patel claims he is bad at Math.

Here is another surprising fact about the honest actor Dev Patel. A real man doesn’t hide his flaws, and in his case, it is being bad at Math. Not many of us would admit publically that we are bad at something, but our man here doesn’t shy away from being truthful about it. Dev essayed the role of the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan in ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ but had a tough time as he claims to be very bad at Math.

#1. Dev is a technophobe.

Don’t know what a technophobe is? Probably because you aren’t one but Dev Patel is, and we are sure you didn't know this fact about him. A technophobe is someone who is not that much into technology. Dev is not a big fan of anything that is high-tech, and maybe that’s the reason Dev isn’t that active on social media. For Dev life is all about analog or that’s what it seems like.