Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Slumdog success story continues

The cast and crew of "Slumdog Millionaire" accept the award for Best Motion Picture - Drama

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."

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

A home improvement project will grind to a halt. Someone who is close to your heart may need some peace and quiet. Be prepared to send a repair professional away while your loved one recovers. If you're renting a space, your landlord may tell you to leave with very little notice. Stay calm. It will be easier to find new living arrangements if you remain logical. Spread the word on social media. Be specific about your needs. A friend or acquaintance may hear of somewhere suitable for you.More