Dev Patel

Dev Patel

Patel in 2011, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Brent, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 23 April, 1990

Ethnicity: Gujarati Indian

Dev Patel is a British actor, director, and martial artist. He is known for his roles on the shows Skins and The Newsroom, and in the films Slumdog Millionaire, The Last Airbender, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; About Cherry, The Road Within, Chappie, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Only Yesterday, in voice-over; Lion (2016), Hotel Mumbai, The Wedding Guest, The Personal History of David Copperfield, I Lost My Body, in voice performance; The Green Knight, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, and Monkey Man, the latter of which he also directed and co-wrote.

Dev was born in Brent, London, England, to Anita, a care worker, and Raj Patel, an IT consultant. His parents are from a Gujarati Indian Hindu background. His parents are from Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to England in their teens, where they met each other. Dev was raised Hindu. His ancestors are from Jamnagar and Unjha in Gujarat. He speaks some Gujarati.

Dev and Lucas Hedges are the first males born in the 1990s to have been nominated for an Academy Award for acting (both were nominated for Best Supporting Actor for 2016 films, Dev for Lion and Lucas for Manchester by the Sea). Timothée Chalamet is the first person born in the decade to have been nominated for Best Actor, in 2017.

Dev’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Patel.



Curious about ethnicity

10 Responses

  1. slowdive says:

    Dude this guy looks so much older than 25 in this picture.

  2. jstv2015 says:

    lightskin indian…. north probably

  3. mermaid_ says:

    Indians are cool. I love Bollywood.

  4. Capricious says:

    He would be rather attractive if his forehead/hairline were wider, and not shaped like a mountain.

  5. kay21 says:

    why is Kenyan listed as part of his ethnicity too

    • Brr says:

      Because . His parents just lived in India, they weren’t African. So they were Indians who lived in Africa. And bye the way Kenya is country not an ethnicity. And Indian is also not an ethnicity. Becauese he’s an indian he’s an Aryan. An Indo-Aryan, probably mixes with some mogulblood because Mogules ruled (read stole and terrorized) in India for a long time.

      • Multiethnicchick says:

        Here’s the definition of ethnicity. Please use it to avoid spreading misinformation like you did in the above.

        Spell Syllables
        Synonyms Examples Word Origin
        pertaining to or characteristic of a people, especially a group (ethnic group) sharing a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.
        referring to the origin, classification, characteristics, etc., of such groups.

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