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Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews is currently starring as Sayid Jarrah, a former member of the Iraqi Republican Guard, on the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series Lost. Emerging as an audience favorite, Andrews has earned both Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations for his work on the groundbreaking show and received praise from both critics and audiences for the surprising humanity and humor he brings to the controversial part. Together with his Lost castmates, he also won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

On the big screen, Andrews was most recently seen in director Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, one of two 60-minute films released together as the double feature called Grindhouse. He also co-starred with Aishwarya Rai, Miranda Richardson and Robbie Coltrane in the British film Provoked: A True Story, which screened to applause at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Additionally, Andrews just wrapped filming on the horror film Animals, the directorial debut of Robert Rodriguez protégé Douglas Aarniokoski, in which Andrews stars as Vic, a man whose animal instincts are stronger than his human ones.

Born and raised in London, Andrews, who is of Indian descent, started out as a musician and composer while still in his teens. He won entry to the prestigious Guildhall School of Drama and, shortly after graduating, made his feature film debut in Hanif Kureishi's look at the London rave scene, London Kills Me. He then put his musical talents to work in the film Wild West, earning an Evening Standard Film Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance as a Pakistani who dreams of finding country music success in Nashville.

In 1996, Andrews co-starred in Anthony Minghella's Oscar-winning romantic epic The English Patient. For his portrayal of Lt. Kip Singh, the Sikh with a talent for defusing bombs who finds romance with Juliet Binoche's character, Andrews was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor and shared in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. Also that year, he starred in Mira Nair's Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. Andrews' subsequent film credits include True Love and Chaos, Mighty Joe Young, Drowning on Dry Land, Rollerball, Easy and Gurinder Chadha's Bollywood version of a classic literary tale, Bride & Prejudice.

On television, Andrews reunited with director Mira Nair to star as Dr. Abraham Verghese in the 1998 Showtime movie My Own Country, based on Verghese's autobiography. He more recently starred as Menerith in the two-part biblical drama The Ten Commandments. He has also starred in such television projects as the miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the San Remo Film Festival, and the telefilms The Peacock Spring and The Chippendales Murder.


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Naveen Andrews Facts

Birth NameNaveen William Sidney Andrews
OccupationActor
BirthdayJanuary 17, 1969 (48)
SignCapricorn
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Naveen Andrews compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Mighty Joe Young
Bride And Prejudice
The English Patient
Lost: Season 6
Kama Sutra
Easy
Grindhouse
Lost
Lost: Season 5
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