After gaining worldwide recognition for his role as Jamal Malik in Slumdog Millionaire, Dev Patel continued to rise through the ranks with stellar performances in films such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, its 2015 sequel, and, most recently, Lion. He even won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the latter.
Born on April 23 1990, Patel turns 28 today, and to celebrate the day we’ve picked out five performances of his that you should watch.
This British teen drama television series was Patel’s first venture into acting. The show followed a group of teenagers and the struggles they faced in their lives. He played Anwar Kharral, a boy of Pakistani origin.
2) THE NEWSROOM
Another television series, his portrayal of Neal Sampat on the show earned him a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
3) THE ROAD WITHIN
Patel played a boy with obsessive-compulsive disorder in this film about three people who run away from a centre for those with psychological disorders.
4) THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOLDEL
Odds are you’ve seen this film, but if you haven’t then make sure you watch Patel hold his own while acting alongside actors like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Bill Nighy in this film about a group of British pensioners who move to a retirement hotel in India that is run by Patel’s character.
5) THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY
Patel served one of his most gripping performances in this British biographical drama about the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (played by Patel).