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Monday 22 September 2014

Slumdog star's mother urged him to strip for TV role

Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel's mother urged him to get naked for his big break into stardom, it was revealed today.

Anita Patel, 45, said her son was nervous about baring all for his role in Channel 4 teen drama Skins.

She said she did not mind him appearing nude in the show, which featured frequent storylines about sex and drugs.

"He was apprehensive when he found out he'd have to appear naked," she told Woman's Own magazine.

"He said, 'Oh God I am going to have to show my bum!'

"I told him: 'It's only a bum, you've seen lots of people's bums before.'

"Now Dev thanks me for making him go to the audition."

Mrs Patel said her 18-year-old son, who will go head-to-head with Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke for the best actor prize at Sunday's Baftas, is an ordinary teenager at home.

"I can't believe Dev is being compared to Brad Pitt," she told the magazine.

"It's unreal. At home Dev has to help with the chores, do the vacuuming and clean his room. He is so messy, I always have to nag him. He's not perfect."

In Slumdog, Patel plays an orphan from the Mumbai slums who wins India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The film has already won a clutch of Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards and was a high-profile Bafta nominee, receiving 11 nods.

But away from the silver screen, Patel still lives at home in Harrow, north west London, with his mother, a care worker, his father Raj, an IT consultant, and sister Komal, 22, a business student.

Mrs Patel said her son's achievements made her want to burst with pride, and she is due some of the credit for his success after pushing him to go to the Skins audition.

"I saw an ad for auditions in a free newspaper, it said no acting experience necessary," she told Woman's Own.

"Dev was revising for his GCSE science exam the next day. I said: 'Come on, let's go to the audition. Revise for the exam on the tube.'

"The queue for the audition was so long, it was like The X Factor. Dev wanted to go turn back, but I refused to let him go. I told him 'You haven't even started yet."'

The full interview appears in this week's edition of Woman's Own, on sale today.

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