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. He also played as Julian Cousins in CBS crime drama series Instinct.
Early life[edit | edit source]
Andrews was born in Lambeth, London to Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman, both Malayali Nasraniimmigrants from Kerala, India. He was brought up in Wandsworth in the Methodist denomination of Christianity. Andrews described his upbringing as "very repressive". At the age of 16, while at Emanuel School, he fell in love with his then-30-year-old mathematicsteacher, Geraldine Feakins whom 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[edit | edit source]
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.
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- Naveen Andrews on IMDb