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He started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwon-do in 2000.15.
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.16.
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. 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.38.
The award eventually went posthumously to Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight, though Patel did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which he shared with ten other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire.32.
On 8 January 2009, Patel won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Performer.33.
Dev Patel made his feature film debut when he was cast in the role of Jamal Malik, the central character in Danny Boyle’s film Slumdog Millionaire.
The character Jamal Malik is an Indian Muslim boy born and brought up in the poverty of Bombay, India.26.