Suraj Sharma

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Suraj Sharma
Suraj Sharma 2012 (Straighten Crop).jpg
Sharma at a press conference for Life of Pi, New Delhi, 20 November 2012
Born (1993-03-21) 21 March 1993 (age 21)[1]
New Delhi, India
Residence New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Indian
Citizenship India
Education Philosophy Honours from St. Stephen's College
Alma mater St. Stephen's College of Delhi University, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya: New Delhi
Occupation Actor; student at New York University
Years active 2010–present
Known for Protagonist in Life of Pi
Height 5'9
Relatives Sriharsh Sharma
(younger brother)
Awards Best Scared as Sh*t Performance – MTV Movie Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Society – Youth in Film

Suraj Sharma (born 21 March 1993) is an Indian actor, who made his debut with the title role in the 2012 film Life of Pi.[2] Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi was adapted from the novel of the same name.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Suraj Sharma was born in New Delhi, India to a software engineer father and an economist mother. He attended Sardar Patel Vidyalaya school, where he was described as a popular student. With no prior acting experiences, he auditioned along with his younger brother, Sriharsh Sharma. He was one of the 3,000 actors to audition for the role of Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi). Sharma went through several rounds of auditions before winning the part.[4][5] Director Ang Lee has stated that he selected Sharma primarily based on his expressive eyes and innocent appearance. According to him, Sharma had not only the emotion, but also the "look" of Pi. His "medium complexion" and "average build" were deemed perfect for the role.[6]

Since filming Life of Pi, Sharma returned to studying philosophy at St. Stephen's College, Delhi of Delhi University. He intends to continue working in filmmaking in some capacity. He is currently undertaking a Mass Communication course at New York University.[5]

The movie has received critical acclaim and positive reviews for Sharma's performance.



Year Title Role
2012 Life of Pi Pi
2014 Million Dollar Arm Rinku Singh


Year Title Role Note
2014 Homeland Aayan Ibrahim Recurring role in season 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

Sharma has received a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film for his role of Pi in his debut film "Life of Pi". He has received eight nominations and has won three awards.

Year Film Award Category Result Lost To
2012 Life of Pi British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Nominated Juno Temple
Critic's Choice Awards Young Actor/Actress Nominated Quvenzhané WallisBeasts of the Southern Wild
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Youth in Film Won N/A
Phoenix Film Critics Society Breakthrough Performance On Camera Nominated Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
2013 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated Denzel WashingtonFlight
MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Performance Nominated Rebel WilsonPitch Perfect
Best Scared as Sh*t Performance Won N/A
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Won N/A


  1. ^ Sullivan, Michael. (13 September 2012) Suraj Sharma: 'Pi' player – Entertainment News, Youth Impact Report, Media. Variety. Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  2. ^ "Ang Lee praises Suraj Sharma's work in 'Life of Pi'". Times of India. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  3. ^ "Adrift With a Tiger and the Film God". New York Times. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  4. ^ Next Factor Q&A: ‘Life of Pi’ Star Suraj Sharma. NextMovie (21 November 2012). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  5. ^ a b Suraj Sharma: Actor's Role In 'Life Of Pi' Proves Life-Changing. Retrieved on 2012-12-03.
  6. ^ 'Life of Pi': Suraj Sharma's Odyssey From Typical Teen to Leading Man. The Hollywood Reporter (20 November 2012). Retrieved on 2012-12-03.

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