Where to Look for Dev Patel: From 'Skins' to 'The Green Knight'

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Dev Patel has just been knighted. Not really, like in the British honors system kind of way, but in the new trailer for the fantasy movie The Green Knight, where he portrays Sir Gaiwan, King Arthur's nephew. It seems his character has quite the journey ahead of him, as this Knight of the Round Table sets out to battle the Green Knight (Ralph Ineson).

Patel has been on our radar for a while now. Let's take a peek back at where he started and where he's headed:

1. Skins

Patel's first on-screen appearance was in the teen drama Skins (2007-2008), starring as Anwar. The series follows a group of friends who struggle with the pitfalls of growing up. In addition to the typical high school drama, like girl problems, Anwar struggles with his Muslim faith.

2. Slumdog Millionaire

If you didn't see him in Skins, you probably caught him in the 2008 sleeper hit Slumdog Millionaire. He portrays a young man who finds himself on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He is surprisingly apt at answering ALL the questions, even the tricky ones. When accused of cheating, he recounts his life growing up, which is how he reasons out the answers. 


3. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


In 2011, Patel joined heavy-weight actors like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We see a group of seniors flock to India, with the promise of a luxurious hotel to help ease them into retirement. Patel's character runs the hotel, but it's not quite what the guests were expecting.

4. The Newsroom

Patel popped up on American TV in 2012, starring in The Newsroom. The title says it all, with the workplace series following a group of staffers as they produce and run a nightly news program. This isn't The Office, though — it's pretty high-stakes. Patel portrays a writer, responsible for producing a blog for the show's anchor (Jeff Daniels). 


5. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

In 2015, Patel returned for the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel. He reprises his role as Sonny, who runs the hotel. But, as the rooms are filling up, he decides to expand and look into opening a second location. Hence, the name of the movie, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. We also see Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy return as mischievous pensioners. 


6. Chappie

Also in 2015, we saw Patel in the sci-fi flick Chappie. He portrays a scientist who stumbles upon the “next step in evolution” when creating Chappie, a robot who can think and feel. Patel treats the bulletproof machine like a child, teaching him how to learn and absorb information. 


7. Lion

Saroo Brierley's 2013 memoir A Long Way Home was made into the 2016 biopic Lion, starring Patel in the lead. It tells the true story of a five-year-old Indian boy who wanders away, ends up lost, and is ultimately adopted by an Australian couple, who raise him as their own. As an adult (Patel), he traces his steps back in the hopes of finding his village and family.

8. Modern Love

In 2019, we saw Patel in the anthology series Modern Love. He takes on the role of a tech wiz who creates a new dating app. Catherine Keener plays a journalist interviewing him, asking if he's ever been in love. It turns out, he has been in love, but it didn't quite work out. He tells her the story of the one who got away. 


9. The Personal History of David Copperfield

Patel took on the title role in the 2020 adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. The story is deemed fiction, but has autobiographical elements, revolving around an orphaned boy who strives to become a success as an adult (Patel). Copperfield is very studious, working to impress those around him, including his aunt (Tilda Swinton), and prove that he is worthy of acceptance. 


10. The Green Knight 

The Green Knight, which is set to premiere on July 30, is quite the saga. While Patel does not take on the title role this time around, he is indeed the protagonist. He is set to portray a Knight of the Round Table, who is also King Arthur's nephew. Possibly the familial ties are why he is entrusted to seek out and take down the menacing Green Knight.

Is Dev Patel going on your watch list (if not already there)?