Naveen Andrews

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Naveen Andrews
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Naveen Andrews signing autographs (2009)
Born Naveen William Sidney Andrews
(1969-01-17) 17 January 1969 (age 54)
Lambeth, London
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Partner(s) Geraldine Feakins
(1985–91); 1 child
Barbara Hershey
Elena Eustache (2005–06); 1 child

Naveen William Sidney Andrews (born 17 January 1969) is a British actor. He is best known for portraying Sayid Jarrah in the television series Lost, Kip Singh in the film The English Patient and Sanjay in the 2002 remake of Rollerball. For his role on Lost, Andrews was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, a Primetime Emmy Award in 2005 and received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2006.

Early life

Andrews was born in Lambeth, London to Nirmala, a psychologist, and Stanley Andrews, a businessman,[1] both Malayali Nasrani immigrants from Kerala, India.[2] He was brought up in Wandsworth in the Methodist denomination in what he later described as a "very repressive" upbringing.[3] At the age of 16, while at Emanuel School, he fell in love with his then-30-year-old mathematics teacher, Geraldine Feakins; their son, Jaisal, was born seven years later, in 1992.[4]


Andrews auditioned for drama school and was accepted at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ewan McGregor and David Thewlis. His studies paid off when he won a role in Hanif Kureshi's film, London Kills Me (1991). Andrews starred in the 1993 BBC miniseries Buddha of Suburbia. He portrayed "Kip Singh" in The English Patient (1996) and Sayid in the popular television series Lost (2004). In 2006, he was voted one of People magazine's World's Most Beautiful People.[5] He starred in Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996), Mighty Joe Young (1998) and Bride and Prejudice (2004). He recently starred as Jafar in the American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. In 2014 he provided the voice of Sabal in the video game Far Cry 4. In 2015 he starred in Sense8 as Jonas.

Personal life

Andrews was in a relationship with schoolteacher Geraldine Feakins from 1985–91. The couple had a son, Jaisal Andrews, in 1992.[6] He was later in a relationship with actress Barbara Hershey in Los Angeles, starting in 1998. The couple separated briefly in 2005 and, during that time, Andrews had a son with Czech-French actress Elena Eustache. He and Hershey later reconciled;[7] however, in May, 2010, they announced that they had separated six months earlier.[8][9] He has been involved in an ongoing custody dispute with Eustache over their son, and on January 7, 2009, Andrews was granted sole legal and physical custody of the child.[10]

Andrews has spoken about his alcoholism and his two-year addiction to heroin in the mid-'90s.[11]

He plays guitar and sings, while tap-dancing to his own tune as a hobby.[12] He became a naturalised U.S. citizen on 27 May 2010.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 London Kills Me Bike
1992 Wild West[14] Zaf
1992 Double Vision Jimmy
1996 The Peacock Spring Ravi Battacharya Television movie
1996 Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love Raj Singh
1996 The English Patient Kip Singh Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1997 True Love and Chaos Hanif
1998 My Own Country Dr. Abraham Verghese Television movie
1998 Bombay Boys Krishna
1998 Mighty Joe Young Pindi
1999 Drowning on Dry Land Darshan
2000 A Question of Faith William
2000 The Chippendales Murder Steve Banerjee Television movie
2002 Rollerball Sanjay
2003 Easy John Kalicharan
2004 Bride & Prejudice Balraj
2006 Provoked: A True Story Deepak Ahluwalia
2006 The Ten Commandments Menerith Television movie
2007 Grindhouse Abby Segment: Planet Terror
2007 The Brave One David Kirmani
2008 Animals Vic
2012 Creature of the Black Lagoon Dr. David Raya
2013 Diana Dr. Hasnat Khan


Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia Karim Amir 4 episodes
2001 The Beast Tamir Naipaul Episode: "The Price"
2003 Future Tense Miles Gupta Unsold TV pilot
2004–2010 Lost Sayid Jarrah 91 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series (2007–08, 2010)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Ash Ramsey Episode: "Shadow"
2012 Sinbad Lord Akbari 7 episodes
2013–2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Jafar 13 episodes
2015 Sense8 Jonas Maliki 12 episodes
2016 Galaxy World of Alisa Chapad British English dub

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Far Cry 4 Sabal Voice actor


  1. Lampert, Nicole. "How Lost star was found in bed with his married teacher", Daily Mail, 13 August 2005; accessed 27 May 2008.
  2. Elsworth, Catherine. "I'm so grateful I'm sober now", Daily Telegraph, 30 August 2005; accessed 27 May 2008.
  3. "Naveen Andrews finds himself in L.A",; 10 April 2006.
  4. Naveen Andrews profile,; accessed 7 March 2014
  5. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
  6. Naveen Andrews on fatherhood
  7. "'Lost' star fathered child while separated",; accessed 7 March 2014.
  8. Lost's Naveen Andrews Found in Splitsville, E! Online; accessed 7 March 2014.
  9. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
  10. "'Lost' Star Battles Baby Mama and Gets Kid", TMZ, 7 January 2009; retrieved 23 July 2009.
  11. Hilton, Beth. 'Lost' star reveals heroin addiction, Digital Spy, 1 February 2008; accessed 27 May 2008.
  12. The Trades - Interview: Naveen Andrews
  13. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
  14. Wild West (1992) at,; accessed 4 August 2014.

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