Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 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."

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