Dev Patel (born 23 April 1990) is an English actor. He is best known for playing Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which Patel won a number of awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Patel is also known for his role as Anwar Kharral in the British teen drama series Skins and also as Neal Sampat in Aaron Sorkin's HBO show The Newsroom.Patel was born in Harrow, England. His mother, Anita, is a carer, and his father, Raj, an IT consultant. His parents are Gujarati Hindu Indians. Both of them were born in Nairobi, Kenya, where there is a significant Indian community; they emigrated to England separately in their teens, but only met first in London. Patel was raised in the Hindu faith.
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