British actor Naveen Andrews first attracted international attention as Kip, Juliette Binoche's Sikh boyfriend in The English Patient (1996). A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Andrews got his start on television, starring in the popular -- to say nothing of racy -- 1993 miniseries The Buddha of Suburbia. The same year that he appeared in The English Patient, the actor portrayed a haughty king in Mira Nair's Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, a film whose content inspired no shortage of controversy in India. He subsequently worked in a variety of films on both sides of the Atlantic, including Mighty Joe Young, A Question of Faith, and Bride and Prejudice. After landing a starring role on the landmark TV series Lost in 2004, Andrews became a household face in the United States, and he soon found himself in movies like Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, and Jodi Foster's The Brave One. After Lost concluded, Andrews kept his hand in television as well, with a starring role in the UK costume series Sinbad in 2012.
Biography by Rebecca Flint Marx
- First name means "new" in Sanskrit.
- Played in a band as a teenager (lead guitarist and singer).
- Attended Guildhall School of Music & Drama at the same time as Ewan McGregor.
- Nominated for Most Promising Newcomer in 1993 by the Evening Standard Drama Awards (London) for Wild West, a British film in which he played a Pakistani country-western singer.
- First gained attention in the U.S. when he costarred in The English Patient in 1996.
- Met his former girlfriend Barbara Hershey when they costarred in Drowning on Dry Land (1999).