Slumdog success story continues
Published 22/01/2009 | 13:55
Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches tale set in Mumbai, topped its Hollywood success today with Oscar recognition.
The story centres around orphan Jamal Malik, played by Dev Patel, a contestant on the Hindi version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Directed by Danny Boyle, the film has already won a clutch of Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards and was a high-profile Bafta nominee, receiving 11 nods.
After playing an awkward teenager in Skins, Patel is now taking on the Hollywood heavyweights.
Before Slumdog's success, Patel's acting experience was as sex-obsessed Anwar in teen drama Skins, while finishing off his AS-levels.
Despite being a rising Hollywood star, the teenager, from Harrow, west London, has said his mother still nags him to make his bed.
As a pupil at Whitmore High School, he earned full marks and an A* in his GCSE exam for his self-penned portrayal of a child in the Beslan school siege.
His drama teacher, Niamh Wright, previously said he was an impressive actor from an early age.
"Dev was a gifted student who quickly impressed me with his innate ability to communicate a wide variety of characters imaginatively and creatively," she said.
"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 of a child in the Beslan school hostage crisis in Russia."
Patel picked up the best young actor/actress title at the glamorous Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
"My mum is still nagging me to make my bed," the 18-year-old told the Evening Standard previously.
"My sister and I annoy each other. That's what keeps me grounded.
"It's just when I go to work I'm treated as an adult."