His breakthrough came in 2008 with the leading role of Jamal Malik in Danny Boyle's drama Slumdog Millionaire, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Patel went on to star in the highly successful romantic comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) and its 2015 sequel, the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the fantasy film The Last Airbender (2010), and the science fiction crime thriller film Chappie (2015).
He started training at the Rayners Lane Academy of Taekwondo in 2000.
He competed regularly in both national and international championships, including the 2004 AIMAA (Action International Martial Arts Association) World Championships in Dublin, where he won a bronze medal.
Patel's mother saw the casting ad in a newspaper and took him to the audition even though he had a science exam the next day.
costars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel have called it quits on their relationship, multiple sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.
The now-exes, who met on set of the Oscar-winning movie in 2008, were together for almost six years.
, in 2008, Freida Pinto, 26, and 21-year-old Dev Patel have gone through an intense introduction to fame.
Overnight, the British-Indian couple found themselves doing American talk-shows and attending red carpet events in Hollywood, an experience that has bonded them in a way that Freida claims that no one else can understand., gushes about how much Dev means to her:"I don't think anybody—not even family or friends—can understand what the two of us have been through.