Naveen Andrews, Entertainment Weekly - 2005
|Date of Birth||January 17, 1969 (age 41)|
|Origin||London, England, UK|
Naveen Andrews portrays Sayid Jarrah.
Naveen William Sidney Andrews was born in Balham, South-West London, to a fairly conservative family. Ethnically, he is of Indian descent, not Iraqi. He was raised in Wandsworth with his two younger brothers. His father, a businessman, and mother, a psychologist, encouraged him to follow an academic route. At the age of sixteen, whilst at Emanuel School, he fell in love with his mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins with whom he had a son, Jaisal, born in 1992. For this, Andrews had a strained relationship with his father.
Andrews, during his early film career, became an alcoholic and a drug user, struggling with a two-year addiction to cocaine. However, Andrews stated in a 2008 interview with Jonathan Ross on BBC that he had been clean for four years.
Andrews is currently in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey, who is twenty-one years his senior, and they live in Los Angeles. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that time, Andrews had a son, Naveen Joshua, with another woman, Elena Eustache. Andrews and Hershey later reconciled.
Despite protests from his parents to follow an academic route, Naveen followed his early interest in acting, and auditioned at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was accepted among such notables as Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis. His talent and training soon earned him his first role in Hanif Kureshi's film, London Kills Me, and later the leading role in the BBC drama The Buddha of Suburbia and then going on to make a film version of the Kama Sutra. Before joining the cast of Lost, Andrews was best known for his highly acclaimed portrayal of the Sikh, Kip, in The English Patient. Just before season three, Naveen filmed the Robert Rodriguez film Planet Terror, which also starred Jeff Fahey. Planet Terror was released as a double feature, along with Death Proof, which starred Zoe Bell. More recently, he starred in The Brave One alongside Jodie Foster.
In 2004, Andrews was cast as Sayid Jarrah on Lost, though he first thought that the initial premise was "limited at best and dreadful at worst." However, the character quickly became a fan favorite.
Andrews is one of the more outspoken members of the cast in regards to the show itself. He has not been afraid to criticize the show, especially in regards to Season 3, stating his belief that without an end date, the producers had to stretch out the story because they didn't know how many episodes they would have, due to the culture of program production in the United States. He believes that this reduced the quality during that season. An end date has since been set for May 2010 under an agreement between the producers and the studio executives, most likely putting Andrews' criticisms (and others') at ease.
|This Side of the Looking Glass||Movie||Abed||2010|
|The Brave One||Movie||David Kirmani||2007|
|Lost||Television series||Sayid Jarrah||2004-|
|Bride and Prejudice||Movie||Balraj||2004|
|Mighty Joe Young||Movie||Pindi||1998|
|The English Patient||Movie||Kip||1996|
|Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love||Movie||Raj Singh||1996|
|The Buddha of Suburbia||Television miniseries||Karim Amir||1993|
Andrews has appeared as a talk show guest in the following:
The following websites are dedicated to Andrews: