Dev Patel made his debut in the British teen comedy-drama television series ‘Skins’ in 2007. He played the role of ‘Anwar Kharral’ and remained a part of the series until 2008. He went on to make his big-screen debut in the 2008 British drama film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ directed by Danny Boyle. The film opened to universal acclaim and earned 10 ‘Academy Award’ nominations out of which it won 8. Patel also received several awards, including the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ and 2 ‘Black Reel Awards,’ for his performance in the film. In 2010, he portrayed ‘Prince Zuko’ in the American action-adventure fantasy film ‘The Last Airbender’ directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film was heavily criticized by critics and audience alike and came to be considered as one of the worst films ever made. The following year, he appeared in the British comedy-drama film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ where he played the role of ‘Sonny Kapoor.’ The film received a positive response from critics and did impressive business at the box office, grossing over $136.8 million against a budget of $10 million. He continued to star in films such as ‘About Cherry’ (2012), ‘The Road Within’ (2014), ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2015), and ‘Chappie’ (2015).
In 2016, he portrayed ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’ in the British biographical drama film ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ directed by Matthew Brown. The film received a mixed response from critics. That same year, he became a recipient of the BAFTA Award, along with an ‘Academy Award’ nomination, for his performance as ‘Saroo Brierley’ in the Australian biographical drama film ‘Lion’ directed by Garth Davis. The film garnered praise from critics and was a major commercial success. In 2018, he was seen in the action thriller film ‘Hotel Mumbai.’ The film opened to a positive reception and scored a 76% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The following year, he starred as ‘David Copperfield’ in the British-American-greek comedy-drama film ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ directed by Armando Iannucci. The film received wide praise from critics and was given a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. He was last seen in the 2021 epic medieval fantasy film ‘The Green Knight’ directed by David Lowery. The film opened to critical acclaim with critics showering praise over its cinematography, music, acting, direction, and screenplay. Patel will be next seen in the upcoming American action thriller film ‘Monkey Man.’