Portrait of Dev Patel in Los Angeles shot by Mary McCartney

Five things we learned from actor Dev Patel


From northwest London to LA via the streets of Mumbai, Dev Patel has travelled the world – and, thanks to Mandarin Oriental, he even had a brush with the Dalai Lama in Prague.

If you’re British, you might remember Dev Patel as wonderfully gawky teenager Anwar in the Channel 4 series Skins, but he made his name internationally with an unforgettable performance in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire. Since then, he has looked after a troupe of British acting’s national treasures in his role as a cheeky retirement home host in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, and was nominated for an Oscar for his role alongside Nicole Kidman in the heart-wrenching Lion. From his home in LA, Dev talked to us about movies, his mum and Mandarin Oriental.