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He also appeared alongside James Franco and Heather Graham in About Cherry, which premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival.In 2014, Patel starred alongside Robert Sheehan and Zoë Kravitz in the film, The Road Within, about three unlikely friends, one with Tourette's syndrome (Sheehan), one with OCD (Patel) and an anorexic woman (Kravitz) who go on a road trip. Variety had positive words for the "bristling and committed performances by Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoe Kravitz" while noting that "there remains a nagging tidiness to the whole endeavor that leaves a strained, cloying aftertaste" that kept the movie from truly succeeding.In 2016, Patel starred as Saroo Brierley in the biographical film Lion, directed by Garth Davis and co-starring Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara, which premiered to rave reviews and "Oscar buzz" at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.Patel won the BAFTA awards for 'Best Supporting Actor'.In 2006, Patel began his acting career when he auditioned for the E4 teen drama television series Skins.Patel's mother saw the casting advert in Metro (British newspaper) and took him to the audition even though he had a science exam the next day.
He also worked at a call centre for a day and in a hotel, where he washed dishes.
He started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwondo in 2000.
He competed regularly in both national and international championships, including the 2004 AIMAA (Action International Martial Arts Association) World Championships in Dublin, where he won a bronze medal.
His breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's drama Slumdog Millionaire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Patel went on to star in the highly successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its 2015 sequel, as well as the fantasy film The Last Airbender (2010), and the science fiction crime thriller film Chappie (2015).He was awarded full marks for his GCSE performance to a live audience and the visiting examiner was moved to tears by his honest portrayal”.12.