Dev was born on April 23, 1990 in Harrow, London, United Kingdom to Anita, a care worker, and Raj, an IT consultant. Dev grew up in London and made his on-screen debut in “Skins” (2007-2008) which lead to him being cast in “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), which won Best Picture at the Oscars. Dev earned his first Academy Award nomination for his work in the critical acclaimed “Lion” (2016).
Dev attended Longfields Middle School were he landed his first acting role in the school production of “Twelfth Night” as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. His performance earned him the Best Actor award. In 2000 Dev started training Taekwondo and earned a 1st dan black belt in 2006. Dev competed both nationally and internationally, including at the 2004 World Championships AIMAA where he won 3rd place. After finishing middle school, Dev attended Whitmore High School. He received an A* in GCSE Drama for his performance of a child in the Beslan school siege, which he wrote himself. Dev completed his AS Levels in PE, Biology, History, and Drama while working on Skins (2007-2008).
Dev auditioned for “Skins” (2007-2008) in 2006, while still attending high school. His mother took him to the audition after seeing an open casting call for the series and took Dev to audition, even though he had a science exam the next day. The series premiered in 2007 and Dev made his on-screen debut on television, without any prior professional acting experience.
His role in “Skins” lead him to his feature film debut “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008). The movie is directed by acclaimed director Danny Boyle. Boyle’s daughter suggested Dev. Dev auditioned five times for the leading role of Jamal Malik was eventually cast in August 2007. To prepare for the role, Dev went with director Boyle to location scouting in India. He also prepared by working in a hotel and call center. The movie was release late 2008 and Dev received acclaim for his role, including award wins for the National Board of Review Award (Best Breakthrough Performance), The British Independent Film Award (Most Promising Newcomer), and The Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award (Best Young Actor). The film itself earned acclaim as well with many award wins and nominations. The film earned 4 Golden Globes awards, including Best Picture, and the Academy awarded the movie 8 Oscars, including Best Picture.
In 2010 Dev starred in the feature film adaptation of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, titled “The Last Airbender” (2010). The film was considered a commercial success, earning X in the worldwide box office. Later that year Dev also starred in the short film “The Commuter” (2010), which was entirely shot with a Nokia N8 smartphone.
In 2012 starred in multiple projects. “About Cherry” (2012) premiered early 2012 during the Berlin International Film Festival. Dev costarred in the movie alongside James Franco. Dev also costarred in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2012), alongside acclaimed and household names such as Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith. The movie received positive reviews and was considered a box office success, grossing $136 million. To prepare for the role, Dev had to take lessons for an Indian-English accent. In 2012 Dev also starred in HBO’s television series “The Newsroom” (2012-2014), which ran form 2012-2014 for three seasons. The Golden Globe nominated series was created by Aaron Sorkin. Dev received a 2013 NAACP award for Best Supporting actor.
In 2014 Dev starred alongside Robert Sheehan and Zoë Kravitz in “The Road Within” (2014). Dev won the 2015 Milano International Film Festival Awards for (Best Supporting Actor) and 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival (Best Actor).
In 2015 Dev appeared in multiple projects. He starred in “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2015) alongside Jeremy Irons. Dev also costarred alongside Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley and Sigourney Weaver, in Neill Blomkamp’s “Chappie” (2015) and reunited with Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith and Richard Gere joined the cast for “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015).
Dev voiced the male lead opposite Daisy Ridley in Studio Ghibli’s North American re-release of “Only Yesterday” (2016), directed by Isao Takahata, in 2016. The animated feature film was originally released in 1991. Dev also starred as Saroo Brierley in the biographical film “Lion” (2016) which earned critical acclaim and earned Dev his first Academy Award nomination (Best Supporting Actor). It also earned him a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actor. His next project is “Hotel Mumbai” (2017), which is currently in post-production.
Dev is represented by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), Magnolia Entertainment, and Curtis Brown.