Dev Patel is a British film and television actor and martial artist. As an actor, he is known for his performances as Anwar Kharral in the teen drama series Skins and as Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed film Slumdog Millionaire, for which Patel won a number of awards, including a Critics' Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild Award, and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. As a martial artist, he is a black belt in Taekwondo and was a bronze medalist at the 2004 AIMAA World Championships in Dublin. After the release of Slumdog Millionaire at the end of 2008, Patel went on to receive a number of awards for his performance, including a British Independent Film Award, National Board of Review (NBR) Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and two Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance. Patel was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. The award eventually went to the late Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight, though Patel did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which he shared with ten other cast members from Slumdog Millionaire. Patel was honored with the Critics' Choice Award for Best Young Performer. He was also nominated for two London Critics Circle Film Awards, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actor. The film itself won four Golden Globes, including Best Drama Film, and has been nominated for ten Academy Awards.
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