Some years later he auditioned for E4’s teen drama Skins after his mother spotted an advert in a newspaper.
"We are incredibly close," he says of the 30-year-old beauty. "She's just a really generous, patient human being who has been one of the most impactful people on my life. He thanked the “amazing team” who "had the insane task of trying to get this Indian dude, this noodle with wonky teeth and a lazy eye and floppy hair, work in this really hard industry”.Patel was born in London to Kenyan-born Hindu Indian parents. Speaking to The Telegraph, he explained: “I was hyper as a kid so my parents thought it might be good for me to try out for the school play.”The school play was Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Patel won a Best Actor award for his role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.His work on Skins caught the eye of Danny Boyle’s then 17-year-old daughter Caitin, who recommended him to her father for his film Slumdog Millionaire.
The role catapulted him to international acclaim and newfound fame.Neither Freida nor Dev mentioned the split on their respective Twitter accounts but a source confirmed the news to American gossip site Us Weekly.There's no official reason cited for the split but many think the age gap - Dev is 24 and Freida 30 - may have something to do with it.He was also pictured joking with his co-star Sunny Pawar, 8, who plays the younger version of his character Saroo Brierley.Dev 26, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Lion, but lost to Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali.Afterwards, they enjoyed a stroll down the street to check out some book stores.