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Also Known As: Naveen William Sidney Andrews Died:
Born: January 17, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lambeth, London, City of, GB Profession: actor, singer, musician

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Best-known for playing Sayid in supernatural phenomenon "Lost," Naveen Andrews also enjoyed supporting parts in "The English Patient" (1996), "Bride and Prejudice" (2003) and "Diana" (2013), and recurring roles on "Sinbad" (Sky 1, 2012), "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC, 2013-14) and "Sense8" (Netflix, 2015-18). Born in Lambeth, London in 1969 to strict Indian immigrant parents, Andrews experienced a repressive childhood in which he was discouraged from his acting ambitions. However, after earning a place at the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Andrews never looked back. He made his screen debut in Hanif Kureishi's inner-city drama "London Kills Me" (1991) and a year later landed the leading role of country singer Zaf in the first of many cross-cultural tales, "Wild West" (1992). After playing Kim Cattrall's lover in TV movie "Double Vision" (1992), he took center stage as South London teen Karim in coming-of-age "Buddha of Suburbia" (BBC Two, 1993), showed up as gardener Rav in period piece "The Peacock Spring" (1996) and bared all as Prince Raj in erotic historical drama "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love" (1996). Andrews first caught Hollywood's attention when he played British Army Sikh...

Best-known for playing Sayid in supernatural phenomenon "Lost," Naveen Andrews also enjoyed supporting parts in "The English Patient" (1996), "Bride and Prejudice" (2003) and "Diana" (2013), and recurring roles on "Sinbad" (Sky 1, 2012), "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC, 2013-14) and "Sense8" (Netflix, 2015-18). Born in Lambeth, London in 1969 to strict Indian immigrant parents, Andrews experienced a repressive childhood in which he was discouraged from his acting ambitions. However, after earning a place at the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Andrews never looked back. He made his screen debut in Hanif Kureishi's inner-city drama "London Kills Me" (1991) and a year later landed the leading role of country singer Zaf in the first of many cross-cultural tales, "Wild West" (1992). After playing Kim Cattrall's lover in TV movie "Double Vision" (1992), he took center stage as South London teen Karim in coming-of-age "Buddha of Suburbia" (BBC Two, 1993), showed up as gardener Rav in period piece "The Peacock Spring" (1996) and bared all as Prince Raj in erotic historical drama "Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love" (1996). Andrews first caught Hollywood's attention when he played British Army Sikh sapper Kip Singh in the multiple Oscar-winning "The English Patient" (1996) and was subsequently cast as local tour guide Pindi in gorilla fantasy "Mighty Joe Young" (1998). Andrews also portrayed pioneering physician Dr. Abraham Verghese in TV movie "My Own Country" (1998), appeared as aspiring Bollywood actor Krishna in "Bombay Boys" (1998) and co-starred opposite future long-term girlfriend Barbara Hershey in road movie "Drowning on Dry Land" (1999). After playing a monk in "Question of Faith" (2000) and real-life promoter Steve Banerjee in "The Chippendales Murder" (2000), Andrews was cast as cable news owner Tamir in his first US TV show, "The Beast" (ABC, 2001). The newsroom drama was canceled after just six episodes, but Andrews remained in demand, landing roles in the "Rollerball" (2002) remake, indie rom-com "Easy" (2003), and Jane Austen adaptation "Bride and Prejudice" (2004). But Andrews became a household name when he was cast as Iraqi Communications Officer Sayid Jarrah in "Lost" (ABC, 2004-2010). During his six-season stint in the watercooler hit, Andrews also played Moses' stepbrother Menerith in "The Ten Commandments" (ABC, 2006), an abusive husband in true crime dramatization "Provoked" (2006) and chemical engineer Abby in grindhouse throwback "Planet Terror" (2007). There were also roles as Jodie Foster's ill-fated boyfriend David in revenge flick "The Brave One" (2007) and predator Vic in erotic horror "Animals" (2008). Following the show's end, Andrews enjoyed the recurring roles of Lord Akbari in fantasy adventure "Sinbad" (Sky 1, 2012), Aladdin's nemesis Jafar in fairy tale reimagining "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (ABC, 2013-14) and sensate Jonas in the Wachowski siblings' ambitious globe-trotting drama "Sense8" (Netflix, 2015-), and also starred opposite Naomi Watts as the Princess of Wales' lover Dr. Hasnat Khan in the much-maligned biopic, "Diana" (2013). Andrews then signed up to play CIA operative Julian Cousins in the police procedural "Instinct" (CBS, 2018-).  

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Diana (2013)
2.
 Animals (2008)
3.
 Brave One, The (2007)
5.
 Grindhouse (2007)
6.
 Brave One, The (2007)
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 Bride and Prejudice (2004) Cast
9.
 Easy (2003) John
10.
 Rollerball (2002) Sanjay
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1990:
Acted onstage in "My Beautiful Laundrette", directed by Hanif Kureishi (date approximate)
2001:
Appeared in the independent feature "A Question of Faith"
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At age 16, left home after clashing with father over his desire to be an actor; moved in with a math teacher who became his guardian
2004:
Starred in the romantic comedy "Easy"
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Acted in the British TV productions "The Frontier" and "The Peacock Spring". among others
2000:
Cast as Steve Banerjee, the founder of Chippendales, whose rise and fall was chronicled in the USA Network film "The Chippendales Murder"
1992:
First lead in a feature, "Wild West"
1992:
First major film role in the psychological thriller "Double Vision"
2006:
Played Menerith, a solider and stepbrother to Moses in the ABC miniseries "The Ten Commandments"
1998:
Portrayed an Indian doctor in rural Tennessee who becomes involved in educating and treating locals infected with HIV in the Showtime film "My Own Country", based on the memoir of Dr Abraham Verghese
2002:
Was featured in the remake of "Rollerball"
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As a teen, performed in a band as lead guitarist and singer
1996:
Cast as a lusty Indian royal in "Kama Sutra", helmed by Mira Nair
2005:
Cast in "Bride and Prejudice" a bollywood update of the Jane Austen classic directed by Gurinder Chadha
1998:
Co-starred in the remake of "Mighty Joe Young"
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Raised in Wandsworth, a section of south London
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While in drama school, performed in various plays including "King Lear" (as Gloucester), Lorca's "Blood Wedding", and "Two Flanks and a Passion"
2001:
American series debut as regular in ABC's "The Beast", playing a news producer working for a 24-hour cable network
1996:
Played Kip in Oscar-winning "The English Patient"
2004:
Cast as Sayid, a former Iraqi army officer on ABC's hit series "Lost"; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations (2005) for Best Supporting Actor
1993:
Broke through with leading role in "Buddha of Suburbia" (BBC Two, 1993)
2007:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster in the crime drama, "The Brave One"
1991:
Feature debut, as Bike in Kureishi's "London Kills Me"
2007:
Starred in "Planet Terror," Robert Rodriguez's half of the goretastic double feature "Grind House" a collaboration with Quentin Tarantino
2018:
Joined police procedural "Instinct"
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Education

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: Barbican, England - 1990

Notes

"When I started, I thought, There's no point to this, because you are going to be typecast. Having spent your whole life dealing with racism, you've consigned yourself to a profession where that is the form."---Andrews quoted in Entertainment Weekly, November 29, 1996.

"He's very movie star-ish and wholly human all at once. What could possibly stop him?"---"The English Patient" director Anthony Minghella on Andrews to Entertainment Weekly, November 29, 1996.

"Recently, I've started thinking that most white people would give their left leg to play some of the complex, tortured parts I've gotten to play, so it can work for you," he reasons. "Some white geezer can't be a 16th-century opium junkie, shagging everything in sight."---Andrews to Entertainment Weekly, March 7, 2005.

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companion:
Geraldine Feakins. Former math teacher. Andrews moved in with her at age 16 after clashing with his father over his desire to be an actor; Feakins became his guardian, then his lover.
companion:
Barbara Hershey. Actor. Acted together in "Drowning on Dry Land" (1999).

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son:
Jaisal Andrews. Born in 1992; mother, Gerladine Feakins.

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