10 The Personal History of David Copperfield
Dev Patel played the titular character in the movie 'The Personal History of David Copperfield'. The film is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel of the same name, and Patel portrays the orphaned David Copperfield as he navigates life in 19th century England. Patel is joined by an all-star cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, and Ben Whishaw.
9 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Patel portrays Sonny Kapoor, the son of Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and the manager of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, who is preparing to marry Sunaina (Tina Desai). Patel's performance earned him critical acclaim, with critics praising his comedic timing and the chemistry he had with Smith.
8 The Green Knight
Dev Patel starred as Sir Gawain in the fantasy film 'The Green Knight'. The film follows Gawain as he embarks on a quest to confront the mysterious Green Knight. Patel plays a brave, noble knight who is willing to risk his life to protect his kingdom and his honor. Along the way he encounters a series of mysterious and dangerous obstacles, and must rely on his courage and wits to survive.
Dev Patel starred as Deon Wilson in the science fiction action film 'Chappie'. In the film, he plays the role of a genius programmer in South Africa who creates an artificial intelligence robot named Chappie. He is determined to protect Chappie from the forces that would use him for nefarious purposes.
6 The Road Within
Dev Patel portrayed Vincent, a young man with Tourette Syndrome who goes on a road trip with his two friends to spread his mother's ashes. Along the way, Vincent must confront the inner demons that have been holding him back from leading a normal life. Patel's performance is notable for its naturalism and subtlety, highlighting the emotional journey his character embarks upon.
5 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Dev Patel stars as Sonny Kapoor in the 2012 British comedy-drama film 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Sonny is an enthusiastic young man who runs an aging hotel in Jaipur, India. He is eager to please his guests, but often his enthusiasm and inexperience lead to comedic mishaps. Patel brings a charming energy to the role and provides the heart of the story.
4 The Man Who Knew Infinity
Dev Patel plays the part of Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician who made significant contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions in the early 20th century. He was a self-taught mathematician and earned a fellowship to Cambridge University for his work. Patel's performance in The Man Who Knew Infinity was critically acclaimed, earning him nominations for multiple awards.
3 Hotel Mumbai
Patel plays the role of Arjun, a young waiter at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai during the 2008 terrorist attacks. He is described as a brave and resourceful young man who risks his own life to help the guests of the Taj survive the siege.
2 Slumdog Millionaire
Dev Patel starred as the lead character, Jamal Malik, in the 2008 drama film 'Slumdog Millionaire'. He played a poor teenager from the slums of Mumbai who unexpectedly becomes a contestant on the Indian version of the popular game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Despite having no prior knowledge of the game, he is able to answer every question correctly and win the grand prize. Patel's performance earned him nominations for the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Dev Patel starred as the adult version of Saroo Brierley in the 2016 drama film 'Lion'. Patel won numerous awards for his performance, including Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs.