Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

Birth name: Naveen William Sidney Andrews
Born: January 17, 1969
Age: 49
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England, United Kingdom
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Biography

Naveen William Sidney Andrews (born 17 January 1969) is a British-American actor. He is known for numerous roles, such as Sayid Jarrah in the television series Lost, Kip Singh in the film The English Patient and Sanjay in the 2002 remake of Rollerball. For his role on Lost, Andrews was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, a Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 and received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2006.

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Early life

Andrews was born in Lambeth, London to Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both Malayali Nasrani immigrants from Kerala, India. He was brought up in Wandsworth in the Methodist denomination in what he later described as a "very repressive" upbringing. At the age of 16, while at Emanuel School, he fell in love with his then-30-year-old mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins who he moved in with to escape his abusive home; their son, Jaisal, was born seven years later, in 1992. Andrews was shunned by his parents after this and they died before a reconciliation. He has stated that he forgives them now.

Career

Andrews auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis. His studies paid off when he won a role in Hanif Kureshi's film, London Kills Me (1991). Andrews starred in the 1993 BBC miniseries Buddha of Suburbia. He portrayed "Kip Singh" in The English Patient (1996) and Sayid in the popular television series Lost (2004). In 2006, he was voted one of People magazine's World's Most Beautiful People. He starred in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Mighty Joe Young (1998) and Bride and Prejudice (2004). He recently starred as Jafar in the American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. In 2014, he provided the voice of Sabal in the video game Far Cry 4. Starting in 2015, he stars in the series Sense8 (created by The Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski) as Jonas.

Personal life

Andrews was in a relationship with schoolteacher Geraldine Feakins from 1985 to 1991. They fell in love while Andrews was aged 16. He moved into her home in order to escape an abusive household. His parents shunned him following this and they died without reconciling with their son. Naveen had a son, Jaisal Andrews, in 1992. He was later in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey in Los Angeles, starting in 1998. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that time, Andrews had a son with Czech-French actress Elena Eustache. He and Hershey later reconciled; however, in May, 2010, they announced that they had separated six months earlier. He has been involved in an ongoing custody dispute with Eustache over their son, and on January 7, 2009, Andrews was granted sole legal and physical custody of the child.

Andrews has spoken about his alcoholism and his two-year addiction to heroin in the mid-'90s. He has described an incident in which he collapsed on set and was treated by the emergency services.

He plays guitar and sings, while tap-dancing to his own tune as a hobby. He became a naturalised U.S. citizen on 27 May 2010.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1991 London Kills Me Bike
1992 Wild West Zaf
1992 Double Vision Jimmy
1996 Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Raj Singh
1996 The English Patient Kip Singh Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 True Love and Chaos Hanif
1998 Bombay Boys Krishna
1998 Mighty Joe Young Pindi
1999 Drowning on Dry Land Darshan
2000 A Question of Faith William
2002 Rollerball Sanjay
2003 Easy John Kalicharan
2004 Bride & Prejudice Balraj
2006 Provoked: A True Story Deepak Ahluwalia
2007 Grindhouse Abby Segment: Planet Terror
2007 The Brave One David Kirmani
2008 Animals Vic
2012 Creature of the Black Lagoon Dr. David Raya
2013 Diana Dr. Hasnat Khan

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia Karim Amir 4 episodes
1996 The Peacock Spring Ravi Battacharya Television movie
1998 My Own Country Dr. Abraham Verghese Television movie
2000 The Chippendales Murder Steve Banerjee Television movie
2001 The Beast Tamir Naipaul Episode: "The Price"
2003 Future Tense Miles Gupta Unsold TV pilot
2004-2010 Lost Sayid Jarrah 98 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor - Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2006 The Ten Commandments Menerith Television movie
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Ash Ramsey Episode: "Shadow"
2012 Sinbad Lord Akbari 7 episodes
2013-2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Jafar 13 episodes
2015-present Sense8 Jonas Maliki 12 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Far Cry 4 Sabal Voice actor

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