Fans are not going to like this one. Slumdog Millionaire costars and Dev Patel have called it quits on their relationship, multiple sources confirm exclusively to . The now-exes, who met on set of the Oscar-winning movie in 2008, were together for almost six years.
and Dev Patel are still in each other’s lives. Almost four months after Us Weekly that the Slumdog Millionaire costars and couple of six years had called it quits, Pinto, 30, addressed the breakup for the first time in a new interview with .
Born in London to parents from Nairobi, Dev Patel's first encounter with acting was when his mother brought him to an audition for a teen drama on the E4 channel, . He was cast to play Anwar Kharral, a Pakistani youth. Although ostensibly a Muslim, Anwar drinks, takes drugs, engages in premarital sex, and has a homosexual best friend. In 2007, he was hired by to play the lead in , replacing his original selection, Bollywood actor Ruslaan Mumtaz, who was "too good looking." ended up being one of the best films of 2008, winning eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Patel won several awards for his performance, including a British Independent Film Award for most promising newcomer, and a Critic's Choice Award for best young actor. He was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for best supporting actor, although in the film he does not play a supporting role.
Dev Patel isn't especially known for any off-screen coupling, but his female fan base is sure to grow thanks to a worldwide box office smash. Some of the film's popularity with women no doubt comes from Dev Patel's friendly "normal guy" appeal, which was better suited to the film than the ripped Bollywood hunks that director had been auditioning until Dev Patel came along. Dev Patel's hope (and ours) is that the actor can translate his on-screen charisma into some solid off-screen romances.